Knowledge Managers #Build From Scratch

Walk a Mile If  you go to a fitness center and sign up for spin class would you trust your instructor if they looked like this? All too often Knowledge Management "experts" and "consultants" have a great deal of academic experience, theories, data and knowledge but they may lack practical experience and wisdom to understand …

Practical Knowledge Management #Make

The best way to learn about knowledge transfer is to take on something new and learn about how you learn.

Keep It Simple for Practical KM

Pick 3 Stan Garfield has many great posts on Knowledge Management, this is one of my favorites (LinkedIn Pulse).   He talks about creating a list of top 3 objectives to address KM challenges at your organization.  I have used this approach successfully as a consultant and also as a KM organizational lead. Which 3? …

More on Whatever Happened to KM

This week I read an article in WSJ Whatever happened to KM by Thomas Davenport where he discusses some anecdotal and data driven evidence of a decreasing interest in knowledge management.   I found the article interesting but it felt a lot like Anne Thomas Manes 2009 declaration on the death of SOA .   The points …

Boiling the Frog – Human Factors around Sharing

The parable of the boiled frog is told to create a shared understanding around the key challenges in coping with change. Frog in Hot Water The story as told by many over the years is that if you put a frog in hot boiling water that it will immediately jump out as a natural response …

The Value and Practicality of the Narrative

Practical Application of the Narrative Operational Tacit My cousin is medical student studying in one of the worlds best medical schools. The time-tested and effective best practice in medicine is to teach students by way of books, labs, peer-to-peer, mentoring, coaching and discovery. Consider that educators are not limited by these mechanisms but these are …

Collecting Knowledge isn’t Easy

Being Human Qualia (from the Latin, meaning "what sort" or "what kind"; Latin and English singular "quale", pronounced KWAHL-ay) are most simply defined as qualities or feelings, like redness, as considered independently of their effects on behavior. In more philosophical terms, qualia are properties of sensory experiences by virtue of which there is something it …

Social Constructivist Learning @ Work

Learning Concepts -- Basic Premise of Social Constructivist. The concepts that we have studied around learning for children can be applied to adults as well.  There isn't some date or time that cognitive psychology just short circuits and expires.   As a KM practitioner and consultant I am finding that simple is more effective than …

The Desired Path #KM

Knowledge Management activities are often pathways created as a consequence of doing business and normally represent the shortest route to an individual performer or group getting their jobs done.  A desire path (also known as a desire line, social trail, goat track or bootleg trail) can be a path created as a consequence of foot or bicycle traffic. The path usually represents …

Health Insurance Rates Make Early Retirement Appealing #CrewChange

Unforeseen Crew Change In an article written by The Motley Fool a study by the (CBO) Congressional Budget Office which I will include here projects "a drop in hours worked equivalent to having 2 million fewer full-time workers in the workplace in 2017." "You may be eligible for deeply discounted health insurance Insurance premiums for …