There are some things that we do habitually. So habitually that we don't even think about them; they just seem to happen.
Some of these are physical things like breathing; imagine if you had to think about each breath before you accomplished it!
Some are more recently learned skills, such as walking, tying shoelaces, opening doors (really…think about it…all those different kinds of handles, push or pull. It’s not as simple as you think).
In fact, every time we learn something new and then repeat it, we start the process of moving it from our conscious mind to our unconscious mind, where it becomes an ‘unconscious competence’.
The downside of this is that some great ideas and life hacks get lost because we ‘forget’ we know them.
For instance; some people always use keyboard shortcuts to accomplish tasks in the programmes they use frequently, while others have to find drop-down menus and make multiple selections to accomplish the same tasks. The thing is that the person using shortcuts probably does it without thinking, so doesn't see that there might be a benefit in sharing their knowledge with colleagues.
Another situation we see regularly is the unwitting failure to pass on time saving habits. Almost everyone has a few ways to cut corners and save a minute or two…or more, but often these timesavers are lodged in the ‘unconscious competence’ space, so while one person might benefit, their colleagues may not.
When you’ve finished reading this try taking stock of how you accomplish the things you do regularly or repeatedly. See if you can spot the things that could be shared with others, and keep an eye out too for the things you do that could possibly be streamlined, and check to see if you know someone who might have a better, quicker, simpler way of doing the same thing.
Teamwork isn’t a competition, so don't keep the good stuff to yourself!
Remember: knowledge isn't like power or money. You can give knowledge away all day every day, and you still have the same amount…or even more!