Sharing is important!

There I am sharing, presenting in a Maintenance Conference in Qatar.

There I am sharing, presenting in a Maintenance Conference in Qatar.

Reading a great article from Ron Moore got me thinking about why sharing is so important in Asset Management, Maintenance and Reliability. Not only is it important, it is also a very powerful tool to improve beyond our wildest dreams. One man’s failure can be the next man’s success story.

Sharing experiences, going to different companies, viewing how various industries approach maintenance, going to conferences to learn from many presenters and also making new contacts from other companies that one day might hold the answer you are looking for: all this is the power of sharing and we could name even more.

In Iceland I was a part of a great group of people who founded the Icelandic Maintenance Association back in 2009. Since then some great achievements have been made in Iceland, the most notable being that companies are regularly visiting each other and hosting meetings where they discuss the challenges they face and the approach that they use in solving these challenges as well as what has worked and what has not.

This is obviously a big investment for these companies, however it is paying back very quickly both in knowledge and personal relationships where people are ready, able and willing to help out in times of need.

One of the many keys to success in Asset Management, Maintenance and Reliability is sharing your knowledge to enhance other people’s knowledge and your own. I have learned through my many years in this area that I get the most when I talk and teach, it sounds reverse, and it is, but true.

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I feel truly blessed and lucky that I chose a profession that I am passionate about, or as Confucius said: “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”

I would like to challenge you all to share what you know, get into contact with people in your profession and build relationships that one day might make the difference you are looking for.

Of course you are welcome to connect with me and it will be my pleasure to share my knowledge with you to improve your business.

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10 thoughts on “Sharing is important!

  1. I totally agree – share what you know, even share what you don’t know. In product reliability we often we told by management and lawyers to not talk about failures – as they were bad. Even testing was direct to insure all units pass. Yet failures is where the information is, that is were we learn.

    We learn from each other and sharing what we know is important. I would say sharing our failures, failure mechanisms, and best practices (what we learned from those failures) to avoid making those mistakes going forward is likewise important.

    cheers,

    Fred

  2. In an atmosphere of sharing, we all gain immensely… When you help someone to gain knowledge, you cannot help but gain some yourself. Thank you for this post.

  3. Thank you for this great article. I totaly agree with you: Sharing is key.
    I worked on this topic alongside many years of dealing with maintenance management, reliability management topics and more directly through a conference about managing knowledge with focus on tacit knowledge, expert knowledge, project debriefing etc.
    Last summer I learned more about brain science visiting Ginger Campbells podcasts http://www.brainsciencepodcast.com with plenty of arguments why sharing is so important. For our German maintenance management community I started to translate brain science knowledge into stories for technical people in my own podcasts now.

    But there is more that I would like to share with you.

    Some month ago I luckily discovered Barbara Fredricksons book ‘positivity’ which deals with the importants of openness for emotionally good connections with others. You need day by day three times more positive moments than negative ones to feel realy good.

    And now I’m reading her second book called Love 2.0 which I can recommend to all of you. http://positivityresonance.com/
    It may sound a bit strange, but sharing your knowledge with people can make you experience micromoments of love – moments where you feel close and in harmony with otheres and this is important to gain wisdom.

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