Knowledge management; Learn what you should know. Knowledge Vs Information
Learning, knowledge, education, and information are all forms and aspects of obtaining and gaining something new, whether info or knowledge.
Also there is no doubt that any person in charge whether manager, leader or any other titles of authority and management, should have knowledge or let say information.
They might sound the same and very close; may be, but manager should have enough useful knowledge and info in order to run properly his/her office.
(I mean by “enough useful” knowledge/info, the right and appropriate info to help the person about his duties and what is surrounding him/her as challenges, risks, and other managerial effects).
However there are few characteristics of knowledge and info that affect the performance and the “personal data” about what a person might know and the real practice:
- Knowing something is different than performing it physically and practically.
- You might know a lot but whatever you know is not helpful for your position or what you are doing.
- You should know what you are going to do.
- If you know a lot, you need to pick and use what you need in your performance and for your position.
- You should know what is valuable and gives you a credit in your management position.
- Don’t be proud that you know; be proud about what you do and achieve successfully.
In addition, the challenge of Knowledge Management is to determine what information within an organization qualifies as "valuable". All information is not knowledge, and all knowledge is not valuable. The key is to find the worthwhile knowledge within a vast sea of information.
By “searching” the right info and knowledge to be used in your duties, the qualification and integrity of the person will be more valuable and accountable. What matters about management position is how to think about the problem and how to solve it based on what you know as knowledge or your “personal data” in yourself. In other words your managerial tactic and startegie. The rest of the functions are theories and steps to follow.
Below we will see what distinguish the management knowledge:
1. Knowledge Management is about people. It is directly linked to what people know, and how what they know can support business and organizational objectives. It draws on human competency, intuition, ideas, and motivations. It is not a technology-based concept. Although technology can support a Knowledge Management effort, it shouldn’t begin there.
2. Knowledge Management is orderly and goal-directed. It is inextricably tied to the strategic objectives of the organization. It uses only the information that is the most meaningful, practical, and purposeful.
3. Knowledge Management is ever-changing. There is no such thing as an immutable law in Knowledge Management. Knowledge is constantly tested, updated, revised, and sometimes even "obsoleted" when it is no longer practicable. It is a fluid, ongoing process.
4. Knowledge Management is value-added. It draws upon pooled expertise, relationships, and alliances. Organizations can further the two-way exchange of ideas by bringing in experts from the field to advise or educate managers on recent trends and developments. Forums, councils, and boards can be instrumental in creating common ground and organizational cohesiveness.
5. Knowledge Management is visionary. This vision is expressed in strategic business terms rather than technical terms, and in a manner that generates enthusiasm, buy-in, and motivates managers to work together toward reaching common goals.
6. Knowledge Management is complementary. It can be integrated with other organizational learning initiatives such as Total Quality Management (TQM). It is important for knowledge managers to show interim successes along with progress made on more protracted efforts such as multiyear systems developments infrastructure, or enterprise architecture projects.
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