Knowledge Activist Runs Amuck!

Welcome to Dr. Dan’s Daily Dose!

It’s a pleasure to have my own blogsite, after blogging for several years at ITtoolbox.  While I enjoyed my time there, and my blog was one of the most popular, there were just some things that I can better do here than elsewhere.

As the blog’s tagline suggests, I hope to offer up a critical review, evaluation, and discussion of all things Knowledge Management (KM). And as for what “fits” into that topic that KM is, I hope to talk about everything from KM Technology, to Social Network Analysis (SNA), to Communities of Practice (CoPs), to KM metrics, strategy and implementation.

I am a bit of a Knowledge Activist — a term first coined by Victor Newman in “The Knowledge Activists Handbook” where he describes that “The role of the knowledge activist is to be unreasonable, to identify and combine those small grains of truth that have the potential to become pearls.” So this won’t be your typical blog (is there such a thing?), or perhaps even your typical KM blog (whatever that might be). Instead, I’d like to suggest that in declaring that this blog will offer that “critical” review that this will be an opportunity to discuss the in’s and out’s (or is it up’s and down’s?) of knowledge management. What works and what doesn’t. And yes, in some cases we’ll even give some issues a “good poke in the eye with a sharp stick.”

And I’d certainly like to take this opportunity to actively solicit your comments and suggestions — as they are integral to the direction that we take and to the issues that we can tackle here.

Perhaps you’re curious about the title of the blog (or maybe its already become self-evident?) — as a management consultant I certainly feel as if my role with my clients is to approach their issues, concerns and problems from a diagnostic perspective. And I’d go so far as to suggest that those clients who know me well would know me to be a pretty straight forward guy, calling them as I see them. Hence the daily dose — along the way I’ve learned a lot about which strings to pull…which ones tend to unravel the most. And in learning those lessons, I think that I have also then learned to administer practical advice that cuts to the issue. And that’s what I hope to share here, and that I hope you in turn will also share here. That sharing being kind of a KM “thingie” and all that.

And the sharp poke with the stick? Kind of reminds me of my favorite “Calvin and Hobbes” where Calvin (young boy) is trying to sell a “Swift kick in the butt” for $1.00 at his roadside stand, and Hobbes (his stuffed tiger who is very real to Calvin) asks how it’s going, and Calvin replies that it’s not going well and that he can’t understand it because, “Everybody needs what I’m selling.”

So feel free to join in, and bring your own KM “butt kicks” if you have them.