I've taken the cognition to do some research:
- How to deal with a coworker that writes software to give him job security instead of solving problems?
- How to handle a manager who thinks I will leave the company
- How can I be a leader if I might get myself replaced?
My take is that there are generally (very loose word, very inaccurate, please feel free to edit with better words) two types of individuals when it comes to knowledge gathering and sharing.
Hoarders take knowledge and compartmentalize it to increase value, but primarily of themselves. Something breaks? It would appear that Bob is the only one who knows how to fix it. We can't fire Bob.
Sharers take knowledge and try to share it with their team and increase value of the people around them, this might make them replaceable, but they are also valued as a result but jut not in the same vein as hoarders.
There is a tech conference coming up and I wanted to attend on my own time (I am only 50%, so attending for work would not be viable). I asked my organization if they would be willing to pay for two classes and my transportation costs. Thus far, the reception was fairly cordial given the content. I believe that by attending, I would be able to accomplish two outstanding stretch goals for a project that I was assigned.
However when I started to pitch the idea, a comment was made by coworker A along the lines of "how much would what you learn, step into the job of coworker B?"
Now my intention wasn't to replace the coworker B, but to learn the skills needed to accomplish stretch goals that were set as part of the original design specifications.
I blundered in response on how my goal wasn't to replace, but to learn. Plus I was adamant with the idea of graduate school, so I would be leaving in the near future.
How should I attend to this present concern moving forward? Should I even give it the time of day, just move on and focus at the task at hand?