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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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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What Knowledge Workers Really Need

"Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.” George Bernard Shaw

You know, there are times when you read a blog posting or online article and find yourself left simply shaking your head. Such is the case with an article that I just ran across (“Trends in Knowledge Work”) referencing a McKinsey & Company 2010 article (“The Productivity Imperative”). And that McKinsey article supposedly stated that, “while demand for knowledge workers is continuing to grow, the supply isn’t.” Really? Seriously? Give me a break.
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Socialization and the Need to Take Time to Think

The Thinker, sculpture at the Musée Rodin in Paris

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.

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Are You NIH? Or Perhaps IHBLRIA? Well,You Should be PFE or Maybe PFEAAWP!

Going in Circles, or Taking the "Road Ahead?"

I stumbled upon a blog post by Richard Stuebi the other day (“On Innovation”)  in which he discussed a meeting that he’d recently attended on the topic of innovation.  During that meeting Dr. Chris Thoen from P&G spoke of an interesting twist that P&G has applied to the NIH problem.

The “what” problem, you ask?

That would be the “Not Invented Here” (NIH) syndrome.

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KM a Fad? KM a Failure? News at 11PM!

So much for "fad" labels!

KM a Fad?  KM a Failure?  Well no, not even. But it’s going to take a little bit of “thread pulling” to fully explore this one. And it makes for an interesting topic of discussion today that goes rather neatly with another post of mine — Not Dead Yet (think Monty Python).

So buckle up, it’s going to get a bit bumpy.

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Canaries of the Knowledge Age

Knowledge Canary in the Innovation Coal Mine

Dave Pollard’s blog “how to save the world” has a great article on how Knowledge drives Innovation. And in that Dave states that he believes that Knowledge and Innovation “are inseparable.”

And I have to say that this has long been my belief. And I completely agree with Dave’s suggestion that “Knowledge and imagination are the primary drivers of innovation in organizations.” I think that goes a long way to explain why there is currently such an emphasis being placed on increasing or driving innovations — from design firms to service firms to manufacturers…where there is a lack of knowledge, imagination and creativity there will probably be a lack of real innovation. So I think that it is a bit ironic that this increased emphasis is ongoing because at least in part, many of these same organizations have failed to capitalize on the value of organizational knowledge and all that goes with that — leaving them in the position of having to “frantically run about” looking for innovation in every dark corner.

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Snooping Bosses? Get Real.

And the corporate award for “Still Doesn’t Get It” (SDGI) goes to….maybe your organization? (self-nominations accepted and encouraged, applications in multiple categories are allowed)

An interesting article titled, “Snooping Bosses” in Time magazine discussed how it is every increasingly likely that your boss, anyone’s boss, was checking your email, and monitoring your web searching and voice mail. For example, according to a study conducted by American Management Association and ePolicy Institute found that:

76% of employers watch you surf the web and 36% track content” and “38% hire staff to sift through your email.

Wait, before you comment, there’s more! They also suggested that those bosses then “act on that knowledge.”

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