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I’ve been participating in Harold Jarche‘s Personal Knowledge Management workshop these last two weeks. When I described the program to colleagues, several were surprised that I, as a professional working inside my organization, would join this external workshop. More importantly, they questioned why I would need to manage my own knowledge in the first place. Here’s my response in my “ten things” format:

  1. At its core, personal knowledge management (PKM) is a process of finding and making sense of information, but also for sharing new thoughts and observations;
  2. Our relationship with information has fundamentally changed and continues to change through online networks;
  3. Online social learning networks are thriving and offer nearly instant access to expertise and information well beyond my workplace;
  4. Online communities of practice connect the social learning networks to my workplace, where I am then able to apply new practices;
  5. To effectively leverage online communities of practice, it was important for me to learn to “think out loud” and become a contributing node in the network;
  6. I have access to a wide variety of tools to accomplish this, but tools come and may go away; therefore
  7. I maintain a blog to share my “out loud” thoughts, and this represents my most versatile and relatively permanent presence on the network;
  8. I believe the tenets of PKM are especially critical for workplace professionals and will become increasingly important as more engage;
  9. At the end of the day, we are individually responsible for our own professional development, not our employer;
  10. After all, the only knowledge we can truly manage is our own.

You can develop your own PKM plan and activities without participating in Harold’s workshop, but why would you? It uses a versatile format that encourages participation, is effective, and promotes exploring PKM ideas with others. It’s also a venue for serendipitous discoveries, stimulates critical thinking, and (certainly not least) offers a direct connection to a knowledgeable facilitator who is a selfless sharer of good content. I encourage all my workforce colleagues to check out Harold’s Personal Knowledge Management.

Thanks for reading! @tomspiglanin


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