Knowledge workers:

are driven primarily by challenges and the pride of accomplishment

informal networking with peers, inside and outside their own company, helps them benchmark their personal achievements and their company's competitiveness

primarily identify themselves with their profession and knowledge communities rather than workplace; more sensitive to recognition and esteem they receive from their peers and respected gurus than those they receive from management

have strong personalities and self-respect; respond much better to being excited than being pushed

highly mobile and can change jobs quickly






Individual Performance

Individual performance of a knowledge worker is based less on his or her job description, formal authority, or position in the hierarchy, and more his or her passion, self-motivation, excitement about a stretch goal to be achieved, network of relationships, and perceived reputation.  >>>





Peter Drucker advice

Knowledge workers believe they are paid to be effective, not to work 9 to 5.

Peter Drucker

Bill Gates advice

Reward people for contributing to a full flow of knowledge  >>>

Bill Gates


IDEO Tom Kelley creativity innovation quotes

Hire a diverse group of individuals and people just slightly off center, and you'll be pleasantly surprised.  >>>

Tom Kelley


Max DePree quotes

Protect unusual people from bureaucracy and legalism typical of organizations... More

De Pree