Knowledge Activist's Handbook: Adventures from the Knowledge Trenches

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The role of the knowledge activist is to be unreasonable, to identify and combine those small grains of truth that have the potential to become pearls.

The Knowledge Activist's Handbook demonstrates through the medium of storytelling how individuals can combine emotion and reflection to create their own knowledge.

Victor Newman, Pfizer's Chief Knowledge Officer, attacks the conspiracy of tedium around KM literature. The Knowledge Activist's ...

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Overview

The role of the knowledge activist is to be unreasonable, to identify and combine those small grains of truth that have the potential to become pearls.

The Knowledge Activist's Handbook demonstrates through the medium of storytelling how individuals can combine emotion and reflection to create their own knowledge.

Victor Newman, Pfizer's Chief Knowledge Officer, attacks the conspiracy of tedium around KM literature. The Knowledge Activist's Handbook is provocative and counter-cultural. It turns ideas on their heads and entertains while telling stories that offer insights and concrete strategies for improving knowledge and its use in any organization.

This is a book for busy people who want to cut to the chase and have some fun at the same time. Being a knowledge activist means deciding to make thinking about knowledge a personal activity. The Knowledge Activist's Handbook encourages individuals to consider thinking their own thoughts about knowledge by reflecting on their own experience. Each chapter includes stories from the author's consulting experiences and ends with five immediate action points.

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Editorial Reviews

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"…This is a thoroughly entertaining book to read…It is an inspirational title…" (PS Advisor, 1 April 2003)

“…essential reading for all corporate learning development and knowledge managers” (Human Resource Management, No.4.9 2004)

“…practical and insightful. I commend it to you...“ (Professional Marketing, Vol.12, No.6, February 2005) 

 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781841123202
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/7/2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 182
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Victor Newman is Chief Learning Officer of the European Pfizer Research University based at Sandwich, England. His background in business integration and knowledge mean that he is a passionate advocate of pragmatic solutions that connect knowledge across the drug discovery and development process to deliver global best-practice.

He is the inventor of the "SuperKnowledge" "Barefoot", and "Predator" and knowledge management systems.

Victor is a board member of two knowledge management publications and has a monthly feature comment article, The Knowledge Angle, in Knowledge Management

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Table of Contents

Introduction.

1 Developing Personal Knowledge.

Strong Concept.

Home-grown or Tinned?

Tightrope Walking.

Translate, Synthesise, Connect.

How To Go on a Dead Cat Hunt.

2 Developing Knowledge Leadership.

Smell Coffee, Taste Coffee.

Golden Mantra.

Homes, Not Pyramids.

Rule of Three.

Shiplogic.

3 Working with Knowledge.

Death by Examination.

Goodbye to Knowledge Management.

The Knowledge Idiots.

Knowledge is Not Power.

Trick or Treat?

The Bridge.

Moments of Truth.

Post-It, Cruel Partner, Aspirin and Alien.

4 The Organization vs. Knowledge Management.

The Blind Storyteller.

Simon Says: Don't Copy.

The Elvis Trap.

Curse of the Knowledge Princes.

Bodybuilding for the Knowledge Organization.

The Naked Emperor's Wardrobe.

Who Needs Groundhog Day?

Pain is the Spur.

Your Knowledge or Your Life.

The Dunce's Cap.

Potemkin Cities.

5 Creative Approaches and Tools.

Barefoot Knowledge Management.

Predator's Mask.

The Eternal Innovating Triangle.

Innovating Styles Profile.

Dream/Unpack/Engage.

6 Startgame/Endgame .

Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2004

    Insightful!

    Author Victor Newman sets out to demystify knowledge management, strip away the jargon and offer a clear, useful guide to integrating emotions and logic practically. His information is random, bouncy with unconnected ¿ though interesting ¿ anecdotes, mostly in the first person. The author didn¿t assemble his thoughts in a very orderly way, given that this is more of a notebook than a book, but he comes through with punchy, tight chapters and a rare sense of humor. Most writing about knowledge management is tedious and academic. This book aims to break that pattern. It¿s a collection of personal stories, because knowledge management is, after all, a personal enterprise. As a notebook, this publication has both utility and merit. Newman offers valid criticisms of current knowledge management practices, and suggests some modes of thought and some useful readings. Sequence isn¿t the priority here, content is. You will find nuggets of useful knowledge management lore and counsel. We recommend keeping the book handy and dipping in often for a helping hand. This notebook is like any other set of knowledge: you¿ll have to manage it a bit.

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