How Do Productive People Do It?

Carla O'Dell's picture

Why are some people more productive than others?

To find out, I asked two stellar and productive past Big Thinkers to “Describe the circumstances under which you are most productive.” 

What Do Millennials Want Out Of Work?

Carla O'Dell's picture

This year's Aspen Ideas Festival was highly tweetable, especially two tracks particularly relevant to the future of knowledge management (KM) and knowledge work in general.

All or Nothing: Why Commitment Is Essential for KM Program Success

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July 26 was “All or Nothing Day,” which encourages people to go “all in” to break through barriers, conquer fears, and make commitments.

One of the biggest stumbling blocks to achieving success is lukewarm commitment. This is particularly true for knowledge management programs. Half measures are not enough. If you don’t go all in with a commitment to long-term plans and dedicate resources for evaluation and improvement, you are likely to get little in return.

Why Knowledge Management Should Embrace Budget Constraints

Carla O'Dell's picture

As budgeting time approaches, our thoughts turn to how to wrangle more money for knowledge management (KM). Think of all the things we could do if we had a few more bucks.

Maybe we should be careful what we ask for. 

6 Reasons Why Rockwell Collins Has Great Knowledge Management and You Don’t

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Every knowledge manager is looking for a silver bullet that will make KM successful in their organization. Unfortunately, as many of you know, building a world-class knowledge management program isn’t “paint by numbers.” The best approach depends on the business problems KM is intended to solve, the level of buy-in from senior and middle management, the underlying IT infrastructure, the organizational culture, and a host of other contextual factors.

Cognitive Computing and KM: Brace for Impact

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Today is Meteor Day 2017, and it has been about 66 million years since a giant asteroid crashed into the Earth, wiping out the dinosaurs. Just last month, a new BBC documentary revealed that it wasn’t the size of the asteroid that did it – it was the fact that the giant object made impact in the worst possible spot, creating massive amounts of vaporized rock.

5 Ways To Better Knowledge Management Blog Posts

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We were recently treated to a departmental meeting featuring a guest speaker, our own boy genius Ralph Marlbrough, APQC SEO and social media manager, talking to us (by request) about how to write a good blog.

3 Ways Better Knowledge Management Will Mean Better Projects

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APQC’s CEO Carla O’Dell is fond of pointing out that knowledge management succeeds when it is applied to the right challenges and opportunities. “Nothing accelerates KM like a knowledge problem,” she says. In many organizations, project management is a vital area where KM can be leveraged to make the business run more smoothly, prevent repetition of the same mistakes, and boost key measures related to project costs, quality, and cycle time.

Worthless Words about Priceless Memories

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I’m going to start off this blog with a few (seemingly) random facts. First, it’s springtime. Second, my friends and I are in our late twenties. Finally, I participate in social media. These facts are relatively meaningless on their own, but, when taken in combination, they can mean only one thing: I see lots and lots of wedding photos each and every day. 

The Toyota Way Starts with Long-Term Philosophy

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This post is part of a short series that will walk you through the 14 principles of Toyota’s production system (TPS) as described in Jeffrey Liker’s book, The Toyota Way, and provide you with practical tips on how and why to apply these principles at your own workplace.