ERIC Number: ED429185
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Entrepreneurial Gazelles "Informalize" the Learning Curve.
WorkAmerica, v16 n4 p1,4-5 Apr 1999
Small and mid-sized companies provide substantial opportunities for many U.S. workers. The nature of work and the culture of workplaces are changing as dramatically as the employment statistics. A company's success or failure may ride on the knowledge and skills of a handful of employees. Employees in small and mid-sized companies--both highly trained professionals with advanced degrees and front-line workers--are wearing more hats; they need specialized skills to perform their jobs and more general skills, such as the following: business skills, computer and mechanical skills, quality management skills, problem-solving skills, and social skills. In such companies, the nature of work changes from project to project, and, in a constantly changing business environment, every project demands fresh thinking from talented professionals. The new rules of work are flexibility and fluidity. For many businesses, their business is about "finding out what is next" before the competition does. Employees must share knowledge and information, exchange ideas, and create bold solutions for clients and customers. A physical work environment that fosters collaborations features large, open workspaces in which employees are able to interject new ideas into colleagues' open work groups. A new notion of workplace learning is co-mentoring: rather than a pairing of older and younger workers, mentoring involves people of any age sharing knowledge. (YLB)
Publication Type: Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Alliance of Business, Inc., Washington, DC.