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Knowledge Management cartoon by Grant Brownrigg of Grantland, via Dr Dan Kirsch

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Dr. Dan Kirsch's insight:

"I stumbled upon the work of Grant Brownrigg of Grantland, and having said m-a-n-y times that there isn't a lot of humor in Knowledge Management think that this cartoon is both funny and "spot on" to some of the problems we've all run into during KM implementation!

 

If you're looking for some KM humor to lighten up your own KM implementation, I recommend that you take a look at Grantland.

 

And thanks very much to Grant for permission to post his cartoon here!"

 

Karen du Toit's insight:

KM humour! Thanks Dr Dan!

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Dan Kirsch's curator insight, September 2, 2014 11:09 AM

I stumbled upon the work of Grant Brownrigg of Grantland, and having said m-a-n-y times that there isn't a lot of humor in Knowledge Management think that this cartoon is both funny and "spot on" to some of the problems we've all run into during KM implementation!


If you're looking for some KM humor to lighten up your own KM implementation, I recommend that you take a look at Grantland.


And thanks very much to Grant for permission to post his cartoon here!

Alain Piton's curator insight, September 3, 2014 5:24 AM

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Dr. Dan's Knowledge Management "Rules"

Dr. Dan's Knowledge Management "Rules" | Future Knowledge Management | Scoop.it

Dr. Dan Kirsch's insight:

"Never try to teach a pig to sing.  It's a waste of your time, and

it annoys the pig."  (Robert Heinlein)

 

Many an enthusiastic KM'er has frittered away the hours, days, and weeks trying to do just that.  It is rather unlikely that you'll be able to simply turn senior organizational leadership into "senior leadership with a deep understanding of all things that are KM."  We can hope, but that's not exactly realistic.

 

Karen du Toit's insight:

Interesting analogy!

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Dan Kirsch's curator insight, November 13, 2013 9:34 AM

"Never try to teach a pig to sing.  It's a waste of your time, and

it annoys the pig."  (Robert Heinlein)


Many an enthusiastic KM'er has frittered away the hours, days, and weeks trying to do just that.  It is rather unlikely that you'll be able to simply turn senior organizational leadership into "senior leadership with a deep understanding of all things that are KM."  We can hope, but that's not exactly realistic.


"Understanding Pig Theory" is all about recognizing that It is by far easier and much more effective to instead have KM'ers learn how to develop organizational strategy, and then to push forward that strategy.  Identify the organizational performance gaps and then determine what knowledge gaps impact those.  Examine known knowledge gaps and determine what organizational gaps those in turn open or close.  Develop the right outcome-based performance metrics to validate the success of closing those gaps.  Tie all of this to the organizational strategy.  This is much less annoying than trying to teach the pig to sing, and the pig will appreciate it a whole lot more.


Rule #4 is all about showing how KM fits with the organizational strategy, and recognizing that this approach is much more likely to succeed than trying to teach the pig to sing.