Ever wonder who first coined the phrase Knowledge is Power?
This oft quoted phrase was first written, near as I can tell, by British philosopher Sir Francis Bacon in 1597. The first version of this saying went something like this: “ipsa scientia potestas est“, which is Latin for Knowledge itself is power.
But as much as I like Bacon’s quote, I like the updated version just a little better. The more modern version, coined by American Sociologist Robert Staughton Lynd (1892-1970), says it this way: Knowledge is power only if man knows what facts not to bother with. Can you relate?
Knowledge is power for your business success; in fact the right knowledge can be the “rocket fuel” that launches you to the next level.
To get to the “rocket fuel”, however, means sifting through countless studies and separating the good stuff from the “facts not to bother with.” This takes time.
Free Rocket Fuel
In today’s post I want to save you some time by sharing a shortlist of best sources we have recently gleaned from across the web. Power up your best year ever with this free rocket fuel; this knowledge can give you an almost unfair advantage in 2016.
- Employee Engagement Culture: a short but excellent introduction and overview from research scholar Suresh Sirisetti. Great stuff here for clarity and simplicity when defining the topic. Perfect quotes for presentations that need a clear, simple description of employee engagement culture.
- In our mind, a classic resource: PwC’s Next Gen: A global generational study 2013. “Key Learnings” as explained on pages 8-13 of this summary are pure gold. This study draws us back for more time and time again.
- Igniting Millennial Engagement: Supervising Similarities, Distinctions, Realities, a white paper presented by Dale Carnegie Training. While the summary of findings on pages 4-5 are interesting, the tips on training, improving the workplace environment, the supervisors’ role, and bridging the gap (p. 6-8) are such do-able ideas that you can put them to use tomorrow. A short read, very practical; worth your time.
- NEW! The 2016 Deloitte Millennial Survey: Winning over the Next Generation of Leaders . This Deloitte study reflects the best of the best and is drawn from 7,692 interviews with Millennial Deloitte employees around the globe, in both developed and emerging markets. Trust me – download this one and take a highlighter to it. You’ll be glad you did.
- NEW! 6 Culture Trends for 2016: an Orange paper presented by The O.C. Tanner Institute. As always, O.C. Tanner presents excellent data that underscores the importance and the remarkable power of appreciation in the workplace.