Your Domain of Knowledge

January 8, 2011 by  

I love reading books for new knowledge and thoughts. Here is a take away from Talent is Overrated, by Geoff Colvin.
Imagine the difference if you made domain knowledge a direct objective rather than a by-product of work. If you set a goal of becoming an expert on your business, you would immediately start doing all kinds of things you don’t do now.

As you add to your knowledge of your domain, keep in mind that your objective is not just to amass information. You are building a mental model – a picture of how your domain functions as a system. This is one of the defining traits of great performers: They all possess large, highly developed, intricate mental models of their domains.

  • • Most important, a mental model enables you to project what will happen next.
  • o Events that just happened will create the events that are about to happen

  • o Is never finished
  • o Always expanding and revising the model

  • o Real time processing

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