I am passionate.
I have lived a life of fear and love, and I have gained wisdom.
I have experienced loss and gain, pain and power.
I help others realize the value that they have to offer.
I don’t believe in talent.
I believe that we, as humans, are capable of whatever we set our minds to.
I am evidence of that.
Like many of us, I need to feel satisfaction at my job. I accomplish this by enabling others at my workplace to feel this same satisfaction that I seek. How do you do this? Teach others. Don’t hoard information. There is no true power, or security, in holding all the information that is required to accomplish a task.
Yes, there’s always that subtle fear, “If other people can do what I do, am I still needed?” but the answer is yes! And if the answer is no, then you will probably add more value (and have more job satisfaction) elsewhere.
Companies need people who are smart, and who are willing to share their knowledge throughout the organization. Many companies have realized the value in having people like you, and other companies are still stuck in the specialized task-specific employee–they need you more than ever.
So, if you have knowledge that is unique, find others who are curious about that knowledge. Share your knowledge, give the users documentation. Empower others by giving them the knowledge to accomplish their tasks in more efficient ways. This is not speaking about the technical type of business intelligence that I am accustomed to writing about, but this does address the key foundation of any business intelligence solution: the sharing of valuable knowledge.