What to Share in the Sharing Economy

The sharing economy is booming.

Companies like Uber and Airbnb are all about sharing.

Uber owns no cars but is in the ride share business and Airbnb owns no housing units but is in the house sharing business. The market for rides and apartments may be saturated but those two companies have created the metaphor for a whole new world of start-ups. Now we are looking at the Uber for dog walkers, the Airbnb for sports equipment. “We are the Uber for (fill in the blank) is the new mantra in the start-up/sharing economy world.

It is a wonderful concept. Sharing creates efficiencies and allows markets to utilize resources in an effective manner. The sharing economy will continue to flourish and I am all for it.

But my personal concept of the sharing economy at work is a little different:

  • I want to share the big bonus that the boss received when mine was just a pittance.
  • I want to share the credit for all the good things that happen at work and I want everyone to be happy about the sharing.
  • I want to share my ideas about improving the ways we operate because I have some good ideas and I know others do too.
  • I want to share the interview and hiring decision process. It is the best way to ensure we hire the right fit and experience mix and, that we agree on it.
  • I want to share lunches and coffees with colleagues where we get things done as well as enjoy getting to know people.
  • I want to share backgrounds and experiences so that we know who might be the best person to perform a specific task.
  • I want to share the blame when things at work don’t go quite right. The more who share that, the better.

I don’t want to share vacation photos or my favorite coffee mug. Nor do I want to share anything that is too personal, especially about the details of one’s love life.

It’s been said many times before but the things we learn in kindergarten about sharing are best applied at work too.

What do you want to share?

Or not?

Richard Moran
About the author: 

Richard Moran is the President of Menlo College in Atherton, CA. He is a noted San Francisco based business leader and venture capitalist. He is best known for his series of humorous business books beginning with bestselling “Never Confuse a Memo with Reality”.  Mr. Moran previously served as CEO and Vice Chairman at Accretive Solutions, and  as a Partner at Venrock, Chairman of the Board at Portal Software and as a Partner at Accenture. Richard has served on the Boards of Glu Mobile Games, Winery Exchange, and Mechanics Bank among others. He currently serves on the board of PerfectForms, Joint Venture Silicon Valley, and the Steinbeck Innovation Foundation.  He’s a radio personality featured on KCBS Radio in San Francisco, and he is an Influencer on LinkedIn.  Follow him on Twitter.