Gurteen Knowledge Letter: Issue 182 - August 2015


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Gurteen Knowledge Letter: Issue 182 - August 2015


  1. Introduction to the August 2015 Knowledge Letter
  2. Happy birthday to the World Cafe.
  3. Knowledge Sciences Symposium: St. Bonaventure University October 8-9
  4. Monty Python - Philosophy for two: Good evening, would you care for something to talk about?
  5. Getting rid of annual performance reviews and rankings
  6. Gurteen Knowledge Tweets: August 2015
  7. Upcoming Knowledge Events
  8. Subscribing and Unsubscribing
  9. The Gurteen Knowledge Letter

Introduction to the August 2015 Knowledge Letter

Last month I added another short article to my Linkedin Pulse collection: Knowledge only exists in the human mind in which I try to draw a very clear distinction between information and knowledge and knowledge management and information management.

It's generated quite a bit of discussion - some agreeing with me, many not. But as I say in the post - that's OK, I have been around long enough now to appreciate the futility of getting any real consensus on what knowledge is or is not :-)

But take a look, if you haven't already. I'd be very interested in more opinions.

Happy birthday to the World Cafe.

The World Café is 20 years old this year. Happy birthday!

This is how it all started on a rainy day, way back in 1995 in the home of Juanita Brown and David Isaacs in Mill Valley, California.

As part of the celebrations they have a nice new website. At long last, they also have a Wikipedia entry.

Knowledge Sciences Symposium: St. Bonaventure University October 8-9

It is not very often I get invited to speak at a KM conference in the US. I think the last time must have been KM World in 2007, so I am really delighted to be speaking at the Knowledge Sciences Symposium at St. Bonaventure University in Western New York October 8-9.

You will find more information in the press release and you can register here. I hope to get to see a few old friends.

The topic of my talk? Conversational Leadership.

Monty Python - Philosophy for two: Good evening, would you care for something to talk about?

I have talked a lot in the past about Theodore Zeldin's conversation dinners - a great way for getting to know someone whom you have never met.

And I have even run my own Intimate Conversations Cafe But it looks like Monty Python beat us both to it - I guess some 40 years ago or more. Watch Philosophy for two


Getting rid of annual performance reviews and rankings

I have never liked annual performance reviews - either receiving them or giving them when I was a manager. They took huge amounts of time and emotional energty and I always felt that they did far more harm then good. I also got to see them distorted.

I can still remember one year going through the process and my manager submitting the proposed salary increases to his VP - only to have the list come back marked up in red with the VPs adjustments based as far as we could see on who he liked or disiked! And yet another year having to reassess everyone to fit a predetermined distribution curve.

But slowly companies seem to be waking up: In big move Accenture will get rid of annual performance reviews and rankings. As you can see in the article, it is not just Accenture - others too are transforming their performance-review process. About time too :-)

Gurteen Knowledge Tweets: August 2015

Here are some of my more popular recent tweets. Take a look, if you are not a Tweeter, you will get a good idea of how I use it by browsing the list of micro-posts.

If you like the Tweets then subscribe to my Tweet stream.

Upcoming Knowledge Events

Here are some of the major KM events taking place around the world in the coming months and ones in which I am actively involved. You will find a full list on my website where you can also subscribe to both regional e-mail alerts and RSS feeds which will keep you informed of new and upcoming events.

KM Singapore 2015
02 - 04 Sep 2015, Singapore City, Singapore

16th European Conference on Knowledge Management
03 - 04 Sep 2015, Udine, Italy

CoachingOurselves: Reflections 2015
10 - 11 Sep 2015, Montreal, Canada

Knowledge Sciences Symposium Western NY 2015
08 - 09 Oct 2015, St. Bonaventure, NY, United States
I will be giving the keynote talk at this conference.

20th Knowledge Management Tracks
28 - 29 Oct 2015, Milano, Italy
I will be running a Knowledge Cafe worskhop at this conference.

KM World 2015
02 - 05 Nov 2015, Washington DC, United States

Knowledge and Information Systems for Knowledge Management (ICKM2015)
04 - 06 Nov 2015, Osaka, Japan

12th International Conference on Intellectual Capital, Knowledge Management & Organisational Learning
05 - 06 Nov 2015, Bangkok, Thailand

KM Asia 2015
18 - 19 Nov 2015, Hong Kong, China
I will be giving talk on Conversational Leadership at this conference.

Subscribing and Unsubscribing

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The Gurteen Knowledge Letter

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If you are interested in Knowledge Management, the Knowledge Café or the role of conversation in organizational life then you my be interested in this online book I am writing on Conversational Leadership
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