Behind Every Successful KM Effort

In the November 24 edition of Newsweek there’s a humorous quote:

There is no one more surprised than I — except my husband. You know what they say: “Behind every successful woman, there is an astonished man.”

These are the words of Gen. Ann Dunwoody, while speaking at a ceremony held recently in Washington, D.C. to recognize the fact that she is the first woman to achieve the rank of four-star general in the US military. Of course, she’s playing with the old adage: “Behind every great man there is a great woman.”

Reading her words made me wonder — what lies behind every successful KM effort? I’d suggest vision, a collaborative firm culture and entrepreneurial knowledge managers. You also need great teamwork with IT. I’m not sure you need a lot of money or a large staff. But, then again, I’ve always been of the opinion that working within financial or staffing constraints often leads to game-changing innovation.

What would you add to this list?

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5 thoughts on “Behind Every Successful KM Effort

  • November 26, 2008 at 1:50 pm
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    Behind every successful KM effort, there are lots of unsuccessful KM efforts.

  • November 26, 2008 at 8:53 pm
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    I’d say:
    – people
    – a great (simple) idea
    – perseverance

  • November 27, 2008 at 1:47 am
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    Doug –

    That’s sad but true. The key is having a firm that permits experimentation, but remembers and celebrates the successes.

    – mary

  • November 27, 2008 at 1:49 am
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    Samuel –

    You’re absolutely right. The problem is that all three often seem to be in short supply. It would be interesting to collect the great (simple) ideas. How many can there be?

    – Mary

  • November 28, 2008 at 10:26 am
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    A resolve

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