The Lever And The Windmill

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This is an excerpt from a presentation about knowledge management. Here is my somewhat jocular criticism of the term "leverage" and preference for the concept of information flowing through organizations (demonstrated by a windmill).

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The Lever And The Windmill

  1. 1. Knowledge Management The Lever and the Windmill
  2. 2. The Lever “Knowledge management is the leveraging of the organization’s collective wisdom…
  3. 3. The Lever “Knowledge management is the leveraging of the organization’s collective wisdom… But, levers require work…
  4. 4. The Lever “Knowledge management is the leveraging of the organization’s collective wisdom… But, levers require work… Small force over long distance = Large force over short distance Source: http://www.cool-science-projects.com/images/man-and-lever.jpg
  5. 5. Leverage …the same amount of work…
  6. 6. Leverage Equation proving the disadvantage of leverage:
  7. 7. The Windmill The wind is already there…
  8. 8. The Windmill …why not use it? (without the work)
  9. 9. The Windmill Use existing data sources (i.e., the wind) to power other systems:
  10. 10. The Windmill Use existing data sources (i.e., the wind) to power other systems: The wind can be data from: Records Management Systems • Document Management Systems • Time and Billing Systems • Enterprise 2.0 Systems • Other •
  11. 11. The Windmill
  12. 12. The Windmill The wind can power: • Document Retrieval Systems • Expertise Location Systems • FAQ Sites • Knowledge Bases • Financial Dashboards • Business Decisions • Other

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