KM and The Pioneer Woman~

From the Science of Food Website

Deliciousness to The End!

The Pioneer Woman, absolutely brilliant Ree Drummond provides some of the most tasty and delicious recipes that represent the American palate for today and from a time gone by.   Please find an example of one of Ree’s wonderful recipes.   Her style uses both complex concepts along with simple staples to make for a meal that people like me don’t easily forget.

Spicy Dr Pepper Ribs

Prep Time: 8 Hours

Cook Time: 3 Hours
Difficulty: Easy
Servings: 12


  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 can Dr. Pepper
  • 1 can (5 Ounces) Chipotle Peppers Packed In Adobo
  • 1/3 cup Brown Mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon White Vinegar
  • 3 cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 2 packages Pork Baby Back Ribs

Preparation Instructions

Prepare the marinade by gently boiling the first 6 ingredients in a medium saucepan until reduced and thick, about 20 minutes. Allow to cool completely. Divide into two containers and refrigerate one container for later.

Place ribs on a large baking sheet lined with heavy foil. Brush half the marinade all over the ribs on both sides. Cover with foil and refrigerate for 8 hours to marinate.

When you’re ready to cook the ribs, preheat the oven to 275 degrees. Place the pan, still covered in foil, into the oven for 2 hours. Remove the foil and increase the temperature to 300. Using the other half of the sauce, brush another generous layer all over the ribs. Return the pan to the oven and continue cooking for another 30 to 40 minutes, brushing on another layer of sauce as it cooks.

Remove the ribs when they’re fork tender (keep cooking until they are). Slice and serve!

The PW and Explicit Knowledge Transfer

You can find some of her newest creations or postings here   The recipe above is on this page as of today and there are images showing how to “stir the pot” so to speak.    I know we haven’t addressed KM yet but don’t worry, it is coming!  The Pioneer Woman expresses her style and her creations through many facets of explicit knowledge transfer and she is really very good at it.  She has a television show, books,  her website and other areas where she expresses herself.

The Drivers (Motivation) and Slight Transition

I Howie Cohen am a pretty good cook these days and the reason why is because while at home and serving food, I seek to give my family and friends what they want.    Why is the Pioneer Woman’s recipes so good?  Well.. they are so good because they are stuffed, filled, broiled, baked, stirred, fried and chilled with all of the things we love which are sugar, fat and salt.   Don’t take this as a complaint (please) it is a choice if you want to eat fatty, salty and sugary foods in fact when I am really aiming to please a house guest, they don’t want to know the calorie or salt numbers because they would probably hold their hands up to protect their hearts!   Some people think her food is unhealthy

A Finger on the Pulse does not make for an understanding of the Heart.

In other words, just cause something seems like it is good doesn’t mean it is good.  We really don’t know what the condition of the heart until we do some things to measure it, test it, look at it and look at things around it.   It takes outside help to see what is happening on our insides.  If we don’t pay attention and we just live for the day and check our pulse, the Pioneer Woman will be our first go to gal for delicious treats.   She can give us what we want, not always what we need. (Nothing wrong with Ree, just using her as an example)

The KM Recipe

  • A few parts people.
  • Lots and lots of process capture.
  • Lots of method capture.
  • Tools to use for purpose driven and awareness driven knowledge activities.

Howie.. WE HAVE BEEN DOING KM FOREVER.. How are you different?

What makes Paula Deen and Ree Drummond different?   What makes the Healthy Chef, Teresa Cutter different?

Knowledge Management has been around long before we called it KM.   We as people have been sharing recipes and the tacit knowledge around understanding our senses to know when something will taste not only good to you but to others for centuries.    In the past 100 years we have sought out ways and mechanisms to capture more knowledge and re-purpose it, reuse it, analyse it and find ways to use it to innovate and create new things.

I am just the guy who seeks to do two things in this field, work to give you what you want and work hard to share with you what you need.  In other words, I will help you make those delicious ribs if you like but I will certainly remind you or inform you that Dr. Pepper is known to have a few chemicals in it that can be harmful to your heath and useful to clean your radiator or toilets!

I heard you.. Not Enough.

Alright, I get it.  You want me to tell you more details because what I have said doesn’t say enough about what makes me and my team SO VERY special at KM.  There are a lot of people out there doing KM and I have just openly stated that you perform some form on KM at least everyday and even now if you are reading this.. there is knowledge transfer occurring.

Here is the deal.. if you want to know a lot more… for those of you who are secret squirrel types that believe in rainbows, unicorns and the magic of SharePoint PLEASE STOP HERE… READ NO FURTHER.. WE NEED AN NDA– Non Disclosure.. My methods are so good that I cannot tell you any more information without an agreement and payment up front. 

For the rest of you… read on…   Ready.. Set… I don’t know all the answers.  That is my secret.  At this moment as I sit here writing you on my blog about the deliciousness of the Pioneer Woman recipes and KM <— weird topic mix,  I don’t know what your problem is and I am not sure yet how to fix it.

Here is what I do know.    I know that knowledge is a wave of sorts and that knowledge is stacked onto knowledge.  This means that you have to actually know something to get to know something. These things that you need to know are prequalifications for leveling up on what you can know.   When I go to help an organization or a person, I take with me a body of knowledge in knowledge transfer, knowledge management, industrial psychology, psychometry<–just kidding and other areas of thought to help YOU figure out what to do to solve what ever the challenge is.   If it is peer to peer mentoring then that is what we look at together.   If it is sampling the organization to get a feel of the culture, that is what we look at.  If it is enjoying a smoothie and pontificating on the great crew change of 2020 and the end of life as we know it, I do that too.    There is no magic pattern.  There is no magic bullet.   There are a BUNCH of wonderful recipes out there for you.. some are delicious but harmful to your business and some are healthy and good for the business.   It is up to you what you want to accomplish and the difference between me and my team and other people who I have come across is that I am going to tell you that I don’t know but we can learn and figure out what to do to solve the challenges together.   If something comes up and myself or my team can’t figure it out.. (another NDA moment)  Please avert your eyes if you can’t take the answer!! I will get help from my friends and even if needed from people who I know that can help but may not like MY style.   Because that is what it takes.  

Last Part..

The only thing I want to point out now is that a lot of people are just checking their pulse and they know that at some point crew change is going to hurt them or some other catastrophic event is going to hurt their business.   Don’t wait for that to happen and suffer that consequence, invest a little now in strategies for the long-term.  You can have your Pioneer Woman dessert and a healthy dinner before it!!

Army Strong ~KM

Logo-ReadyArmyKM enhances mission command, facilitates the exchange of knowledge, supports doctrine development, fosters leaders’ development, supports lessons learned, supports training and enhances professional education. Ultimately, KM enables the Army to become an adaptable organization that is able to learn and change. The Army’s strategy focuses on advancement in a culture of innovation rather than survival in a culture of compliance.

• “Military operations are human endeavors characterized by the continuous, mutual adaptation of give and take, moves and counter moves among all participants (FM 6-0 2011).” The participants that are able to adapt and learn more efficiently will create advantages that can be exploited. The Army has moved towards mission command as the means to be more adaptable and able to execute in a decentralized manner. One of the key enables for an organization to learn and adapt is through the use of knowledge management.
• Effective knowledge management enhances the shared understanding of an organization. The command and staff possess a shared understanding of the OE and mission that allows for a synergy of effort between commanders, staffs, and subordinate commands.
• Knowledge management enhances mission command’s ability to use mission type orders to promote initiative within the commander’s intent.  If done properly trust is built within the organization, shared understanding is generated, and the people and organization will learn.

Be Informed!

The military including all US armed forces does a fantastic job of knowledge management.   In fact, the military has always done a fantastic job of knowledge management.   The reason there are questions concerning  km (knowledge management) practices in the Army and other defense areas is because of WHERE they practice knowledge management.

When a young soldier comes into the Army, this person is taught about Army culture.  They are taught about a chain of command, they are taught about roles and responsibilities, they are taught to sense and feel things in order to react.   The services use tools of human dimensions including cognitive, physical, social concepts.   ( (  The idea is to be ready, to be informed and to maintain an ability to execute consistently with great continuity and persistence. 

Being ready is something that the Army has done well and this readiness is a direct result of a consistent focus on km.   The centerpiece of the Army is the soldier but one soldier alone can’t be the Army and this is why there has to be an understanding of people, process, methods, tools and a further AWARENESS of the environment, the world and of time.

It is a heavy burden for an organization of any size to put so much effort into knowledge management but it is a must.  The Army has KM Officers ( ) <– here are their roles and responsibilities.

“Knowledge Management is more than just KMO business.” AWC KM Brief, 2011

Knowledge Management Operations Strategy (

Army Business

There are many business practices that came from our experience with fighting wars.  In fact most leaders (  have served and have learned core values and practices from the services.    In a time where the world is under more pressure than in recent past and military leaders are consistently finding ways to do more with less, it is NOT amazing to see that they have turned to a core practice of knowledge management as an add-on to every single effort.   It is AMAZING and a wonder to see business leaders under stressful conditions look at km as something soft and not worth the effort.

If knowledge management isn’t important, why do senior leaders in the military who understand the value of km continue to invest in km (their people) more as the budgets get tighter?

In our history of mankind from the people who invented our first tools, to the people who found how to use fire through the 4 guys on the planet that know the secret recipe for WD-40, we have needed and continue to need to tell stories, share information, communicate both tacit and explicit knowledge.  If there are any questions concerning the importance of knowledge management initiatives,  I humbly ask those decision makers who seek to devalue these concepts to simply look at the men and women protecting our great nation and recognize what they are doing.    I don’t think that our military leadership is “soft” in fact I think it takes a special kind of courage to take the hard road of truly addressing people and culture relative to knowledge management and that is what they do.

Think about it!  


-This post is dedicated to my good friend and brother Capt. Marc Romeo ( BZ KID!

You can read how he taught a class on being resilient!

Egg or Tennis Ball?



All of the information provided here is available on the internet.    I am adding links and sources accordingly.

In Part 3 of his blog series on knowledge transfer strategy, expert Steve Trautman explains Step 1 for building a good KT strategy: Frame the Talent Problem.

via Start by Framing the Talent Problem [KT Strategy Series, 3 of 9].

There is GREAT POWER in Silence

If you don’t say something, you are saying a lot.

“Silence is a window into a fundamental misunderstanding in semiotics, the study of signs. “

Research indicates that children would rather be yelled at than ignored. When prisoners are being punished, they are put in isolation, because being isolated is one of the harshest punishments there is — other than physical abuse. Likewise, the silent treatmentis a form of punishment, a way of attempting to control your partner or others into doing what you want them to do. It is a withdrawal of approval, and can cause much fear in people who are vulnerable to this.

You are giving people the silent treatment when you shut down to them, closing your heart and refusing to interact with them or acknowledge their presence. You act as if they are invisible, not responding to them at all or giving them a very minimal and withheld response. Your hope in treating them this way is that they will get the message that they have displeased you. They have done something wrong in your eyes and deserve to be punished, deserve to have your “love” taken away. Ref

When you ignore people and they know you are ignoring them, you hurt them.



Why We Fail at Failure

Time =

Normally you hear of stories on how Thomas Edison, Abe Lincoln and others failed x amount of times and how important persistence is.   Those are great stories but I consider some of them at least the Edison story more like a folk tale.    Today I am writing you about something real and surprising.

This past week there was great news about stem cells that comes from the discoveries from Dr. Charles Vacanti, and his colleagues.   The short of it is that they can take mature cells from mice and turn them into embryonic-like stem cells, which can be coaxed into becoming any other kind of cell possible. One method effectively boils down to this: Put the cells in an acidic environment.  (

This is a great discovery with many implications but the part that I found very interesting is that Dr. Vacanti isn’t a stem cell expert.   In fact, he is an expert in Anesthesia and Pain Management!  So the next question is why did this group make this discovery as opposed to say a “stem cell expert”?

Here is comes..

My answer here is that anyone doing any work in medicine and other science has an opportunity to discover opportunities to solve problems across practice and domain areas because even though they are looking to solve one type of problem, they MAY not have a lot of information from outside of their domain or practice areas.  That means if they are open minded and observant they can essentially discover new things or rediscover what others haven’t shared.

This is important because there is a problem with research that goes unchecked and it also deals with knowledge management and knowledge continuity.    RESEARCHERS DON’T SHARE.. 

Research Sharing Fail

Here is the analogy..  If I am looking for gold and I don’t find it, I cover the hole or seal the mine and walk away.   Someone comes behind me and thinks the same thing I did and digs in the same spot..  They find nothing and so on and so on.

This is what researchers do.   They have to do this because they believe that the information is their capital and sharing it would give away the credit that they need to have a career and get published.   The problem is that they don’t share their failures, they only share their success.  This failure to share failure causes others to make the same mistakes over and again.  Wasting precious time and resources and holding back progress.

Publishing Failures

Researchers should publish their failures and allow access to the data that they accumulate so that others can data mine and make discoveries.  If they want / need credit, they can get it but the bottom line is that withholding information on failed attempts or failed methods is actually more harmful than helpful.  In fact, sharing this kind of information could lead to short cuts in solving problems in medicine and beyond.   This is something to consider as we move into a new age of analytics!