Keys to Evolve and Sustain a KM Program

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Growing up, I spent a lot of time watching baseball and sports movies. One of my favorite movies was Field of Dreams and I can still remember hearing Shoeless Joe say, “If you build it, he will come.” Those of us who’ve seen the movie recall that it wasn’t an easy feat to build a baseball field in the middle of Iowa when resources were scarce and people didn’t understand why a baseball field made sense.

Knowledge management (KM) is a bit like building a baseball field in the middle of Iowa. It’s exciting and thrilling, yet filled with unknowns.

How to Overcome Barriers to KM Engagement Through Storytelling

Elizabeth Larson's picture

I remember the first time I watched a TED talk. I was mesmerized by the story, wondering who this person was and how they kept me curious, attentive, and engaged. The speaker masterfully wove together a personal vignette and linked it with a broader theme to captivate my attention. My emotions were captured, I was transported into another person’s world, and above all, I was now an advocate for this way of learning and communicating. Years later, I can’t remember who it was or the topic discussed, but I remember how I felt.

Working Out Loud Is KM’s Most Transformative Trend

Lauren Trees's picture

Last week I had the pleasure of recording a podcast with Stan Garfield, a long-time community leader, experienced speaker, and prolific author in the knowledge management space. I asked Stan about the latest developments in knowledge management, and he shared his top 10 list of trends and hot topics.

How to Get People to REALLY Share Knowledge in Groups

Carla O'Dell's picture

One of the biggest problems in organizations is that people are afraid to speak up. This fear leads to bad decisions, bad feelings, lost opportunities, and disengaged employees. It’s an epidemic. It is especially poignant for those of us who are so passionately committed to knowledge sharing.

How can we help people feel safe to share opinions and information?

Knowledge Management Experts on KM’s Role in Digital Transformation

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APQC asked KM experts about emerging trends in KM, digital transformation, and the importance of soft skills. These experts will be speaking at APQC’s 23rd Annual Knowledge Management Conference April 16-20.

Roundtable participants include:

Empowering People for the Digital Age

Carla O'Dell's picture

Technology of the future will change our experience, but self-awareness is a change in consciousness. Change really comes down to whether or not people feel safe to explore new things, feel supported as they are learning, and feel confident in themselves and their ability to navigate this digital explosion.

How to Get Your KM Strategy Right from the Start

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APQC asked a roundtable of knowledge management professionals about the biggest mistakes people make in KM strategy, how to identify problems that KM can solve, and the common traits of successful KM programs. All of our roundtable participants will be presenters at APQC’s 2018 KM Conference April 16-20 in Houston.

The roundtable included the following participants:

How KM Can Capture Deep Smarts

Carla O'Dell's picture

Knowledge loss goes by lots of names: “The Big Crew Change” in oil and gas; “The Baby Boomer Exodus” and “Corporate Amnesia” across business and government. They all point to the retirement of a whole generation of experts and the loss of what Dorothy Leonard has coined as deep smarts: business- or organization-critical, experience-based knowledge.

7 Steps To Knowledge Management Strategic Planning Success

Darcy Lemons's picture

APQC research tell us that a documented KM strategy is an accelerator of KM maturity, and over the past couple of years, you’ve probably heard us talk once or twice (maybe three or four times) about the importance of documenting your organization’s KM strategy. You may have thought to yourself, “I got it! Been there, done that. C’mon APQC, what’s next?”

Five Ways to Have Better Knowledge Management Direction in 2018

Lauren Trees's picture

Early January is always full of hope and promise, both in our personal lives and at work. But as we all know from past failures, resolutions don’t get very far without a solid plan. Now is the perfect time to set a New Year’s resolution to make your KM program the best it can be—and then identify practical steps to make it happen. Here are five ways that successful KM programs design and implement a winning strategy.

1. Start with a small, targeted initiative focused on a specific business need or problem.