Okay, this probably doesn’t really have much at all to do with knowledge management. But if we really stretch things a bit we could say that it has to do with the sharing of critical knowledge. That will lead to socialization (and possibly even collaboration?). Yeah, that works for me, how about you? Let’s try it with this knowledge sharing: Tomorrow, June 3rd is National Donut Day!
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I read an interesting and recently released study the other day which talks about a relatively new term in the Knowledge Management game – “Knowledge Hiding.” I think though that the concept isn’t necessarily new, and it has similarities to another KM “boogie-man” — the knowledge “hoarder.” But it is in this new study that a label is applied to specific bad behavior that I’d say could be easily described as “Prison Rules” as applied to knowledge sharing.
“Prison Rules” is one of those “urban slang” terms – referring to those situations when someone will do something (driving, sports, holiday shopping, etc.) while cheating, being overly aggressive or intimidating, and otherwise trying to “win” at all costs.
And it seems to me that knowledge hiding then is all about prison rules as they would apply to organizational knowledge sharing.
On May 2nd, Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry was speaking at a KM conference and told the audience that he felt that managers needed to “engage” their people. He offered up an example of failing to engage by describing managers who were walking around or riding elevators while using their smart phones instead of talking with their employees. He described that as a missed opportunity to show employees that they cared and that they actually wanted employees to speak up and share their views.
While saying that I agree completely with what John Berry said and agree that this is certainly one of those cultural issues that impact organizations all the time, I’d like to take his thought a step or two further. Sort of run with it to discuss what I think is an additional issue altogether. I’m talking about the need to take time to think.
So says a wall post on Jim Cantore’s Facebook page. Makes sense to me as I can recall him showing up here in Virginia Beach a few times when we’ve had hurricane warnings and such. Nothing like having your town show up on a Weather Channel featured story to let you know that you’re really having fun.
And so what does Jim Cantore have to do with KM you ask? Good question! Actually it’s all about what Jim Cantore has learned about people and severe weather and how that applies to knowledge management.