It is often said that knowledge is power, but this is a misperception. Knowledge is knowledge. Power is power. Michael Schrage puts it well here: I think “knowledge management” is a bullshit issue. Let me tell you why. I can give you perfect information, I can give you perfect knowledge and it won’t change your … Continue reading Is Knowledge power? Knowledge is knowledge. Power is power.
Is “useless knowledge” useless? A strange sort of question don’t you think? But this is what the British philosopher Bertrand Russell has to say in a little book of essays titled Let the People Think. “Perhaps the most important advantage of ‘useless’ knowledge is that it promotes a contemplative habit of mind.” And he tells … Continue reading Is “useless knowledge” useless? Not if it makes things taste sweeter
He who receives an idea from me, receives instruction himself without lessening mine; as he who lights his taper at mine, receives light without darkening me. That ideas should freely spread from one to another over the globe, for the moral and mutual instruction of man, and improvement of his condition, seems to have been … Continue reading Knowledge sharing
In everyday language, the words “knowledge and “information” are used loosely and interchangeably. Knowledge is often defined in rather nebulous or philosophical terms such as “justified true belief” which Is practically not very helpful. Or it is defined like this: Knowledge is a fluid mix of framed experience, values, contextual information, and expert insight that provides … Continue reading Knowledge only exists in the human mind * Everything else is information
It was Peter Drucker who first introduced the term “Knowledge Worker” in his book Landmarks of Tomorrow in 1959. But what is a Knowledge Worker? Every knowledge worker in modern organization is an “executive” if, by virtue of his position or knowledge, he is responsible for a contribution that materially affects the capacity of the … Continue reading What is a Knowledge Worker? A knowledge worker is someone whose job entails having really interesting conversations at work
Knowledge Management tends to focus on the management of information in the belief that if we have more information, better quality information, and more accessible information, then we will do our jobs better. This belief is simply not true. We need more. Let’s say we had perfect information – stored in a single, enormous, readily … Continue reading We know so much but understand so little Through conversation we make sense of the world