Knowing how to use a computer and how to manage information effectively are two very different things.

Using a computer or a digital device has become an extremely common capability. Everyone with a smart phone is using information technology, but is information being effectively communicated.

But knowing about how to capture and extract the value from information is not considered as a distinct capability.

We are taught that information is important. We are taught that knowledge is power. We are taught all different behaviors that we are supposed to have with information.

Sharing information is encouraged except when it is not…

And that line is different in every situation.

Many organizations have policies in place for this and the consequences for non-compliance can be quite severe.

My sense is that most companies set policies relative to what policies other companies have in place without necessarily thinking about how their organization may use information differently.

There is probably more to gain to have information strategy set information policy than the reverse.