In his blog post The Stark Difference between Skills-based and Knowledge Workers Michael Hanley at the E-learning curve suggest this table from John Doerr at Kleiner Perkins, Caufield & Byers should be kept by every learning professional’s desk as a reminder of the value of their work.
The table is just as valuable for knowledge workers seeking to navigate the economic landscape they inhabit, mind you, some of the elements in the table now look a little out of date (Hanley admits he dug this table out the attic so it wasn’t created yesterday.) For example, haven’t public/private partnerships fallen out of fashion? Hasn’t the term Win-Win become yet another meaningless management cliche? You don’t hear too much talk of options these days. And, given the financial turmoil of recent weeks, I suspect many readers would choose security over risk-taking at the moment.
Nevertheless, this is worth book-marking or clipping for future reference.
Table 1. The Emergence of a New Economy
Labour vs. Management
Business vs. Environment
Source: John Doerr, Kleiner Perkins, Caufield & Byers