Obesity in America is a problem of gigantic proportions. In fact, ABC News reports that "almost two-thirds of adults and almost one-third of children in the United States are overweight or obese." Unfortunately, it's getting worse: ...according to a new study out Monday, the number of overweight people in the U.S. will grow to almost 42... Continue Reading →
The Personal KM Primer
What would happen if we turned our operating model on its head? What if we focused on individuals instead of the organization? What if we took Davenport and Prusak at their word and worked to make a reality of their claim that "knowledge management must be part of everyone's job"? No more ossified knowledge management... Continue Reading →
Are You Obsolete or Mission Critical?
Given the state of the economy, it's wise to ask yourself from time to time if you are closer to obsolete than mission critical. As you think about your answer to that question, I'd recommend that you take a look at Rick Mans' post, Should Knowledge Managers Look for a New Job, and the accompanying... Continue Reading →
Managing the Fire Hose
People talk about the velocity of current flows of information and inputs and say it's like drinking from a fire hose. That's wishful thinking. On far too many days, it feels more like living in the Lower Ninth Ward during Hurricane Katrina. For Clay Shirky, that sense of drowning in information is a sure sign... Continue Reading →
Do You Have What It Takes?
Knowledge management folks have to interact with technology daily. In fact, all knowledge workers have to interact with technology daily. There's no other way to do your job well in the 21st century. The problem is that those of us who are 40 years old or more learned to be knowledge workers at a time... Continue Reading →
Information Overload is a Cop-Out
Clay Shirky has fired a shot across the bow of every person who ever complained that they couldn't get things done because of information overload. He suggests that our current approach to the Internet has infantalized users. As he points out, there have always been more books in any given bookstore than you can read... Continue Reading →
Death by E-Mail
Returning from a few days out of the office, I was reminded again of how oppressive a jammed Outlook Inbox can be. Even though I diligently checked and responded to e-mail messages during my absence, I still faced a daunting pile of messages and related items that required follow-up. The resulting sensation was a little... Continue Reading →