Not only that this graphic was one of my first experiments with Photoshop - it also reflects a subject that bugged me at the time, about two years ago. Still bugs me today, in fact. T.A.S.K. is worth a thesis - and I'm sure those papers are around somewhere.

When I'll have a lot of time, I will try and do research on this subject - because it's a fascinating thing. When entering working life you are suddenly confronted with information, cultures, colleagues, working habits. And sometimes you just think - whoa, sharing would make it so much easier.

Don't mean to say that you have to share your newly registered patent with your competitor, I'm thinking about small issues at work. Everyday tasks and Howto's. Some people tend to hort information and skills because - I guess - they think this behaviour creates advantages compared to those who do not have access to this information or knowledge of skill.
Which is, in my opinion, a whole truck load of rubbish. Tiny Howto's or help with solving problems do not create vulnerability but extended ability to solve whatever is the problem. Because, and that is my utmost belief: when somebody explains a method or skill to another person - the second guy will never (in the end) take the same approach to solving the problem as you yourself might do. People think different, they define problems (and their solutions) with a lot of individual and specific habits.

The original purpose of the internet is a good example for non-commercial sharing of knowledge, and it still is today. You continuously find crazy people who show you solutions to your problems. Which makes me wonder why one has to surf the net and read newsgroups when there are so many people around you who could also provide this information. Faster, without cost and hassle. I am sure that resources in a big company are growing to become a powerful knowledge base, however, the individual factor always provides a potential risk to sharing basic Howto's.

In the end interpersonal and leadership qualities will define who climbs up the ladder - an add-on to knowledge of the subject, of course. Which shouldn't keep anyone from sharing basic knowledge with a colleague. Because it does not make a difference. I am sure that once you share knowledge with another person, it will come back to you - maybe in a different format, but nevertheless something you can evaluate and make use of. This is, as I thought a couple of years ago, what T.A.S.K. is all about. [Jan.2000]