Geert Willems

Geert Willems

woensdag 30 oktober 2013

What's this feather holding knowledge management initiatives together? - Twitter: @GSWconsulting - Facebook - Book us for a passionate KM talk
I was planning to write about a still ongoing war in knowledge management. A surprising discovery about pro and con externalisationsts, and remarks popping op back and forth on workshops. And I was looking for a good analogy for this - and in that search I found an old youtube movie I liked very much.

About balancing. Balancing and knowledge management. It DOES ring a bell, doesn't it?

And the more I reflected on the movie, the more I saw the analogy with knowledge management.

And the nice thing about the movie: it has a clue to it in the last seconds.

So we know knowledge management is about balancing. Balancing people, processes and technology. Balancing culture. Balancing explicit and tacit knowledge. Balancing networks.

And you build everything up, just as in the movie.
And in the end you have a great construction, a magnificent creation.
After good preparation, and hard work, strategy, and implementation of your knowledge management activities is there. And it remains.

 In the construction of the video, all pieces co-exist and keep each other in balance.
The role of the human is soooo central, as humans in knowledge management should be.
The role of technology is supporting, to reach the goals of knowledge managemnet.


Without it, the whole construction would not exist.

Until the feather is removed.
The same feather that started everything.

So what's the feather in the analogy with knowledge management?

It's what keeps everything in balance.

It took a few minutes thinking about it before I even dare to name the feather.

 And now II name the feather 'attention to handling knowledge', as THE critical factor to keep knowledge management implementations alive.

But I am open for suggestions...

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