KM Competency Model: The Emperor’s New Clothes

Hans Christian Andersen's tale, "The Emperor's New Clothes"

Okay, so I was having this conversation a couple of days ago about a KM “competency model” and then it came up again yesterday, and then again this morning, and so I thought that it might be a good time to tackle this particular issue. Buckle up and hang on, let’s talk about KM competency models! Specifically, let’s talk about what happens when a “very large organization” wants to develop a KM competency model and they instead begin weaving “The Emperor’s New Clothes.”
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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 – Lead, Follow or Get Out of the Way

Lead, follow, or get out of the way. Effective leaders choose the right path, and then lead others.

A recent article by David Griffiths published in Inside Knowledge is stirring a few discussions. David discusses an opinion/concern titled, “Knowledge Management is Dead.” Not really, just that some are apparently afraid to call it KM anymore.
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Peeling a KM Metric Onion (may make you cry!)

Peeling a KM onion (may make you cry).

Groan. Here we go again. I stumbled upon a report that provides guidance on what is supposedly the “top” knowledge management metrics. Ah huh. It would seem that the metrics are suspect, how they were determined to be the “top” is suspect, and heck, I’ll go so far as to say that the top five metrics aren’t even “good” KM metrics much less “top” metrics.

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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 Management Yoga

Knowledge Management Yoga for Knowledge Sharing

This is a short little follow-up to my recent post about knowledge sharing, Jack Bauer and the whole pushing string thing.  I think that it could be called Knowledge Management Yoga.

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Knowledge Management – Contemporary Definition?

Sometimes you just have to wonder about those so-called KM experts!

It seems that in hopes of offering up a “contemporary” definition of knowledge management, one supposed expert clearly demonstrates that there is an on-going (contemporary) confusion about knowledge management (especially with that “expert”).
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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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Overcoming Organizational Barriers to Knowledge Sharing

Barriers to Effective KM ImplementationAre “individual knowledge sharing barriers” really about the individuals? Or should the blame more properly be placed on the organization itself? Knowing the answer — and what to do about it — is quite important to successful KM implementation.

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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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