How do you explain Knowledge Management? That’s a really good question.
After reading a little article the other day. When someone was asked during an interview. “If you where stuck in a lift and a senior manger asked you to explain Knowledge Management. What would be your answer?”
As per usual my unconventional way of thinking and my addiction to TV adverts led me to the new Polycell advert.
KM for me has always been about sharing and learning.
And this advert explains it in that way.
Problem – There’s a crack in wall.
Solution 1 – Do it yourself, have a fight and waste your time.
Solution 2 – Ask someone who may know how to do it and will guide you (Dad)
Solution 3 – Someone’s took the time to come up with a helpful guide. It could be a video, written, pictures etc that you can follow. So you can solve the problem.
I’ve been sign posted to two great videos recently. One on Leadership and Staff Motivation by the RSA and the other on The Barriers of Knowledge Sharing by Chris Collison
Theres some great points from the Leadership video on how staff are motivated. I think the audio comes from a Ted Talks video. But this really takes it to another level.
Where Chris’s video explains in details the culture of knowledge sharing in organisations, well the culture of non sharing and how to identify the archetypes such as
- Tall Poppy Syndrome
- Shrinking Violet Syndrome
- Not Invented Here
- Real men don’t ask directions
Well worth spending the time watching both these videos.