An investment in knowledge pays the best interest. Benjamin Franklin
According to Wikipedia: Knowledge is a familiarity, awareness or understanding of someone or something, such as facts, information, descriptions, or skills, which is acquired through experience or education by perceiving, discovering, or learning.
I've always thought that knowledge is power. And what I mean by that is "being in the know" puts you at an advantage, especially in the business world. I had a boss that was fond of saying, "If you're not at the table, you're on the menu!" Exactly!
As a PR/Communications person, I've always been knowledgeable of what is taking place in the company, Naturally inquisitive, I actually thrive on knowing and understanding the current state of affairs. That knowledge has given me a bit of a boost in my self-esteem as well, because I feel privileged to be one of the few who knows what is taking place and what is planned for the future.
To be honest, I didn't always know everything that was in the works, but in many cases I had a pretty good idea. And because of that knowledge, my co-workers would stop me in the hallway to ask questions about the latest employee benefit, town hall meeting or company picnic. I always prided myself on helping these individuals and if I didn't have an answer for them, I promised to get back to them with a resolution. In many ways, I believe this is how I crafted my reputation of being a reliable person that would followup no matter the situation.
My tip to work success is to be thirsty for knowledge by understanding how your business works, suggesting ways to improve processes and developing new ones. By being an active participant you will become irreplaceable and always have a seat at every conference table.