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Knowledge is not power. So what is power?

Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 17 November 2016



Knowledge is not power. So what is power?
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Knowledge LetterAppears in the Gurteen Knowledge Letter issue: 197
Posted DateThursday 17 November 2016 15:01 GMT
Posted ByDavid Gurteen

It is often said that knowledge is power , but this is a misperception.

Knowledge is knowledge. Power is power.

Michael Schrage puts it well here:
I think "knowledge management" is a bullshit issue.

Let me tell you why.

I can give you perfect information, I can give you perfect knowledge and it won't change your behavior one iota.

People choose not to change their behavior because the culture and the imperatives of the organization make it too difficult to act upon the knowledge.

Knowledge is not the power. Power is power. The ability to act on knowledge is power.

Most people in most organizations do not have the ability to act on the knowledge they possess.

End of story.

There is more than enough knowledge in this world but so many of those who have it - do not have the power to act.

So how is such power gained?

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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