As covered in my recent KM-OD post and discussed in my KM World 2012 W5 workshop, the modern organization needs every shred of productivity and innovation capacity it can muster. But buzz words and aphorisms abound in this space.
Can we actually make a meaningful difference?
I’ve found that traditional practices of Knowledge Management (KM) and Organization Development (OD) have struggled when it comes to getting people meaningfully engaged on the topic of learning. It can be an abstract discussion. Uncomfortable with ambiguity and not knowing, most of us quickly we turn to process manuals, documenting what we think we know, or running training classes. For KM and OD to evolve .. for the modern organization to truly embark on learning how to learn .. we must change the approach.
And what role does organized Education play in all this?
I discuss some ideas for this in The DNA of Collaboration (Ch.19). In today’s virtual Book Tour conversation, let’s discuss a few of the key points:
- Q1. KM should help knowledge moves through organizations and generate value. Does this happen where you work?
- Q2. Does an OD function in your organization exist? Does it help teach people to learn?
- Q3. What are the synergies between KM and OD?
- Q4. How can organized Education influence/guide this evolution?
- Q5. Senge and Wheatley have said much on learning in the collaborative context. Is it still relevant?
- Q6. New thinking about change (per Hagel): a shift from structure to flow, reflecting how we learn. Agree?
Note that Saturday is becoming our Global CDNA conversation, with N.Amercian (US & CN) CDNA conversations breaking out Monday evenings, moving to alternate weeks in January.
Intrigued? Reach out, let me know your thoughts.
Chris Jones, aka @sourcepov, author