“Everyone you Will Ever Meet Knows Something that You Don’t” is a quote by Bill Nye, and american science educator. It is a very powerful statement that I find by experience to be actually quite true. However we can only find out provided we take the time to establish the right connection to figure it out.
The reason for this situation is of course the variety of individual experience and interests.
We often tend to dismiss the knowledge that is available around us, while daily experience shows how fruitful it can be. For example on the workplace, leveraging on the interest and knowledge of the people constituting the team or the extended team is a very effective way to increase effectiveness. It is too often forgotten in particular with the race to efficiency.
Let’s never forget that anyone around us, however menial their occupation be, have something to teach us.
Hat tip to Valeria Maltoni post ‘Conversations are Not a Promotional Opportunity‘