WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP FORUM: WOMEN SHARE THEIR KNOWLEDGE, GET EVEN MORE
This time, Women’s Leadership Forum, annually held in Moscow, gathered women being in charge of various communities. They are all eager to share their best practices and success stories, which will surely inspire women to develop and assist them in different spheres of activity.
According to Svetlana Landa, WL Forum co-founder, women make their dreams come true in the context of career and family, while focusing their teams on cooperation and partnership exchange of information. Such exchange gave rise to participating in the forum held by KM Alliance Association of Specialists and Knowledge Management Experts.
KM Alliance Association develops the sphere of knowledge management in Russia. It pays particular attention to designing of technologies and tools of managing communities including non-corporate ones. Irina Aleksandrova, KM Alliance board member, commented: “Last year, we began our cooperation with Women’s Leadership Forum within ‘Leaders of Russian Expert Communities’ project”. Association conceived the project as a discussion platform, where leaders could share their best practices of managing communities, while participating in managing tools design and sharing resources and ideas.
Ms. Aleksandrova said: “We all have certain knowledge, which cannot be taken away. Such knowledge reflects structure of one’s personality, their experience and competence. Each project is exceptional, as exceptional people create exceptional solutions and products. A modern person should be diverse. However, one does not think of what they actually know in everyday life. One needs specific context to demonstrate some kinds of knowledge. Being able to play different roles and perform different functions requires clear understanding of what you actually know”.
There are special tools that help an individual or the whole community identify their knowledge. Such instruments explain the roles of people within society. They help one understand, who can coach others and who, in turn, needs coaching themselves. Knowledge management solves the following issues: systematic exchange of knowledge in a community, structure visualisation, fast search for specialists within necessary fields, and creating opportunities for all the members to get access to necessary competencies.
Irina Aleksandrova thinks successful women’s approach to knowledge management is more emotional than that of men’s. Men participate in such events mainly to take something. They establish business relations, search for business prospects but, as a rule, do not give anything in return. Women, in turn, share secrets of their success and are eager to educate others. Thus, it is easier for them to share their knowledge through socialising.
Ms. Aleksandrova said: “Knowledge management rule is as follows: When you share a thing, you hand it over. Then you share knowledge, you acquire knowledge as well without losing your own. That is the essence of exchange, which promotes positive development in entrepreneurship, family, and society”.
Tina Stankevich, news agency of the Eurasian Women’s Community
Translated by Nikolay Boykov