The most popular posts from 2014 are listed below. If you missed any of them, then why not have a look now!
Why do children go to school to learn, rather than staying home and reading books and websites? Why, if you have access to the best cookery books in the world, do you still need to take personal tuition if you want to be a cordon blue chef? The answer, in every case, is that knowledge transfer is a social process, and if you want to transfer detailed knowledge you have to engage in conversation (specifically, in dialogue) with other human beings. This blog post explores the issues of dialogue as part of Knowledge Management.
It's very easy to develop an unbalanced perspective on Knowledge Management, especially when we work closely with the topic, but it is something that we should strive to avoid. There are 4 enablers that support Knowledge Management, like 4 legs that support a table. These need to be in balance for Km to succeed, as described in this blog post.
Online communities of practice are not always the silver bullet for , and there are examples where they may not add much value at all. Here are 4 such examples..
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As part of our Global Knowledge Management Survey earlier this year, we asked our respondents about the business imperatives which drove them to invest in Knowledge Management. We recognised 7 main business drivers, and these are listed in this blog post, together with the weighting assigned to this driver by the survey respondents.
One of our clients asked for good examples of organisations with a career path for their KM professionals. No good examples exist, so this blog post suggests a structure which could serve as a first pass model.
Knowledge can be transferred in two ways - by Connecting people so that they can discuss, and Collecting knowledge in written (explicit) form so others can find and read it (see blog posts on Connect and Collect). Connecting people is far less efficient than Collecting while being far more effective - but how much more effective? Read more to find out
How mature is Knowledge Management as an applied discipline, and how does this vary around the world? The level of maturity of Knowledge Management was one of many variables measured in our global survey of Knowledge Management. It was measured in two ways - an estimate of the number of years that KM had been a focus, and a verbal description of maturity of KM within the organisation. This blog post shows the results.
If you visited an organisation that had truly embraced and embedded Knowledge Management, what would you see? What would be different and distinctive about that organisation? You would probably notice 3 things - an attitude, a habit, and a system.
In the early stages of Knowledge Management - even when you are still drafting the Strategy - you may need to deliver a "Proof of Concept" exercise in order to demonstrate KM in action and deliver some quick wins to the business. This blog post explains what these might look like.
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- The most visited post this year was an old post from 2009 entitled "What is a Lesson learned", which had over 7000 visits during the year, and nearly 30,000 pageviews to date.
- The 2014 post with the most "+1"s was one on the topic of dialogue, and how it differs from other types of conversation
- My most contentious post of 2014, which received the most comments, was this one urging care when promoting "working out loud"