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Knowledge alone is never enough

Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 27 March 2020



Knowledge alone is never enough
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Knowledge LetterAppears in the Gurteen Knowledge Letter issue: 237
Posted DateFriday 27 March 2020 07:53 GMT
Posted ByDavid Gurteen

I have long made the point that knowledge is not power or maybe more accurately that knowledge alone is not power and I have listed some of the many reasons why people can know something and fail to act.

Chris Collision, in this recent post of his Failure to learn talks about the UK Government's response to Covid-19 and makes the case that the Government failed to learn from experience.

Another way of looking at it is that much of the knowledge was there, but people failed to act.

Either way, it demonstrates that we need Knowledge Management more than ever.

Furthermore, in light of this article Senators sold millions of stock before the coronavirus crash, I have added the following reason to my post as to why knowledge is not power.
And then, sometimes, people act on the knowledge they have, not for the benefit of the whole but for selfish purposes and fail to share it more widely.
In this case, you may still consider knowledge to be power but knowledge alone, does not guarantee people will do the right thing.

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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