Dr. Dan: Mentoring is key to both Organizational Learning and successful Knowledge Management implementation.
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Keep Calm - Knowledge Management Series: Mentor Someone
With so much effort spent in so many organizations on building the knowledge repositories it is unfortunate that those same organizations have failed at tapping into and sharing the organization’s most valuable "knowledge base" -- the knowledge held by its people. Mentoring is a key way to tap into that vast amount of held but seldom shared knowledge.
Mentoring traditionally tended to be more of a "one on one" relationship, but learning organizations now strive to create mentoring partnerships which generate learning opportunities across an organization. Learning organizations allow for and actively encourage mentoring relationships that cross organizational boundaries, support project-based situations that directly address specific tasks or goals, or where mentoring teams are assigned to afford multiple mentors the opportunity to mentor those with common developmental needs. And so on. The opportunities are many and the benefits are boundless.
When implementing Knowledge Management the issue shouldn't be one of whether or not mentoring should be viewed as a critical activity (because clearly it is), but rather one where the organization strives to find new ways to facilitate the form of learning and development across the organization.