by John & JoAnn Girard, published in Smart People Magazine, available for download here.
For several years, we have had the great pleasure of speaking to groups of organizational leaders about knowledge management. Specifically, we speak about how smart people – people just like you – may harness the power of knowledge sharing. This journey has taken us to destinations across the United States and Canada as well as Europe, Asia, South America, Africa, and Australia. In fact, Antarctica is the only continent where we have not spoken about knowledge management —we await an invitation!
Over the years, our talks have changed. Initially, we spoke about rather complex cognitive theories with the hope that folks in the audience would take our words of wisdom and single handedly transform their organizations. After many sessions of watching yet another audience grin politely as we delivered our sermon, we realized that we were contributing to one of the common themes of our talks—information overload.
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