Rare as a Unicorn

Rare is an actual Unicorn Sighting

Rare is a Unicorn Sighting

“Once long ago all animals lived in harmony. There was no strife among them, and they were able to speak together in a common language. At that time mysterious and wonderful events took place, and the noble unicorn dwelt with the other animals in the lower lands. Men believed the unicorn was immortal. They hunted him relentlessly, for it was said that his horn possessed magical powers. At last the unicorn was forced to flee high up in the mountains to escape the hunters’ arrows. His vanishing caused magic to pass from the land. Soon all living things forgot the unicorn, and animals lost the power to speak to others unlike themselves.” ["The Unicorn and the Lake" by Marianna Mayer]

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Going the Way of the Organizational Dodo Bird

Frederick William Frohawk's restoration from Rothschild's 1907 book Extinct Birds

Frederick William Frohawk’s restoration from Rothschild’s 1907 book Extinct Birds

Dodo Bird. Its name is synonymous with and immediately suggestive of extinction. Dutch and Portuguese explorers discovered Dodo birds living in relative isolation on the island Mauritius in 1598. Dodos were extinct about 80 years earlier.

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Knowledge Management Whac-A-Mole

The only strategy was to "whack" quickly. Not much of a strategy though.

What does Whac-A-Mole and many knowledge management implementations have in common? Perhaps a lot more than you’d think (and that’s not a good thing).
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KM – Wild Animals!

Unleash your socialization wild animals!

Unleashing “wild animals” usually doesn’t sound like such a great idea. But with a bit of rethinking what those are and where they live, we can address issues that all the Web 2.0 technology never seems to address.
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Knowledge Sharing: Jack Bauer & Pushing String

Sharing Knowledge - © Cedefop, 1996-2010

Does your organization spend a lot of time trying to “push string” rather than nurture an environment that supports social interaction? Does “Jack Bauer” roam your hallways, eager to “interrogate” an employee rather than encourage spontaneous knowledge sharing?
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Measuring Knowledge Management ROI

Mounted skeletons of Tyrannosaurus (left) and Apatosaurus (right) at the American Museum of Natural History

I was having a conversation the other day which reminded me about a similar conversation that I’d had a couple of years ago — regarding organizational insistence upon measuring the Return-on-Investment (ROI) of knowledge management. Back then I’d said that continuing to fixate on a supposed need to determine ROI was a little like asking for the same regarding having a telephone or email — where at this stage of the game if the organization is still unsure if they receive a “pay back” on having a phone or email…well, I’d kind of think of them as a bit of a ‘dinosaur brain’ anyway. It seems that not much has changed in that regard – organizations are still trying to determine the ROI of…sharing knowledge.
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Tire Slashing 101 – Defining Knowledge Management

Tire Slashing 101: Knowing who didn't do it helps.

You can learn a lot about the need for an effective vision to support your KM implementation by learning a bit about “tire slashing.” And here’s what you need to understand about both.
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Why KM “Maturity Models” Don’t Work

Do "Maturity Models" Leave You....

Knowledge Management “maturity models” simply don’t work in KM. Now let’s talk about why.

In yesterday’s blog post I’d briefly mentioned something I referred to as the “Knowledge Management Strategy Maturity Levels” and someone asked in an email whether or not that was the same as applying the “maturity model” concept to KM. I replied that it wasn’t, and then thought that this might be a great opportunity to discuss the whole premise of being able to somehow apply a “maturity model” approach or concept to KM and why that doesn’t work.

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Knowledge Management Metrics – Focusing on What’s Important

Do you measure what's important or do you just measure?

When considering what to measure related to Knowledge Management, it is important to ensure that we measure the right things. The biggest challenge is, of course, to know exactly what are those “right things.” But it’s easier than you may think to find those right things to measure.
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Knowledge Hiding – Organizational “Prison Rules”

Three children playing hide and seek in a forest.

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.

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