Lucidea’s Lens: Knowledge Management Thought Leaders – Stephanie Barnes

Stan Garfield

Stan Garfield

April 07, 2022

Stephanie Barnes is a passionate advocate for knowledge management through the alignment of people, process, and technology to meet organizational goals and objectives. She works with organizations to solve problems in creative and innovative ways. Her website is Entelechy – The realization of potential.

Stephanie takes a radical approach to knowledge management. According to her LinkedIn profile, “Knowledge wants and needs curiosity and learning. Knowledge is context sensitive. Knowledge needs space and time. The things knowledge wants were educated out of us through production line thinking. What we need is to reintroduce the things that have been forgotten: creativity and playfulness. By reactivating these things, things we once instinctively knew, and infusing them into our work activities we are better able to adapt to an ever-evolving environment, and create organizations that are more innovative, flexible, and engaged. Radical Knowledge Management, it’s time to embrace the knowledge economy.”

Stephanie and I worked together as part of Hewlett-Packard’s knowledge management efforts. She was at HP from 1997 to 2003, leaving to start her own consultancy. Stephanie led the KM program for the HP Outsourcing business.

Profiles

  1. LinkedIn
  2. Linktree
  3. Entelechy
  4. Missing Puzzle Piece Consulting
  5. Profiles in Knowledge: Hewlett-Packard

Posts

  1. Entelechy
  2. Missing Puzzle Piece Consulting
  3. LinkedIn Articles
  4. LinkedIn Posts
  5. Twitter

SIKM Leaders Community

  1. Posts
  2. February 2012 Presentation: Aligning People, Process and Technology in KM
  3. December 2007 Presentation: Implementing KM in an ITIL Environment

Book

Designing a Successful KM Strategy: A Guide for the Knowledge Management Professional with Nick Milton

Table of Contents

  1. Chapter 1 What Exactly Is Knowledge Management, and Why Do We Need It?
  2. Chapter 2 The Knowledge Manager Role
  3. Chapter 3 Making the Case for a Knowledge Management Strategy
  4. Chapter 4 The Ten Principles Behind Your KM Strategy
  5. Chapter 5 Strategy Structure, and Strategy Input
  6. Chapter 6 Identifying the Underlying Business Imperatives and Drivers
  7. Chapter 7 Knowledge Management Vision and Scope
  8. Chapter 8 Strategic Knowledge Areas 67 Identifying the Strategic Knowledge Areas
  9. Chapter 9 Assessing the Current State of KM in the Organization
  10. Chapter 10 Knowledge Management Framework
  11. Chapter 11 Information and Content Management
  12. Chapter 12 Knowledge Management Technology
  13. Chapter 13 Change Management
  14. Chapter 14 Stakeholders
  15. Chapter 15 Pilot Projects
  16. Chapter 16 Making the Business Case and Determining ROI
  17. Chapter 17 The Guerrilla Strategy
  18. Chapter 18 A Retention-Based Knowledge Management Strategy
  19. Chapter 19 Building the Implementation Team
  20. Chapter 20 Final Words
  21. Appendix A: Communication Plan Template

Other Content

  1. Publications
  2. SlideShare
  3. Radical Knowledge Management: Using Lessons Learned From Artists to Create Sustainable Workplaces

Change

Change is a big part of knowledge management (radical or otherwise), in reality, it’s a big part of just about anything we do and has come up a lot recently in conversations I’ve been having.

Change is hard when it’s forced, when it’s top-down, when people aren’t involved and don’t understand what’s happening and why; it’s hard when they are not engaged in the process.

So, how do you engage people in change?

The short answer is, you communicate with them, you engage them in discussions. Find out what their concerns are, how they would like to be involved, find out what their thoughts are about the change, maybe they see it as a good thing and want to get involved and help, maybe they aren’t sure or don’t have time. Talk to them and find out. Some of these conversations will be difficult and confrontational, be prepared for that and do them anyway. Be curious.

Communication (both ways, not top-down) is key to so many things and yet many of us are really bad at it. There are lots of books and courses that will help, if you want help. I’ve been reading about Nonviolent Communication lately, and I have read other books in the past. The key is to practice and get better at the techniques that the books/courses recommend and ultimately to do them in real life, something that can be challenging and difficult but very rewarding.

People will say, “I don’t have time”, but do you have time to fail? Time to do it again when it doesn’t work out? Do you really want to deal with the consequences of not trying: broken trust, broken relationships, etc.?

Take the time to talk to people, you won’t regret it, they will tell you what you need to be successful.

Stan Garfield

Stan Garfield

Please enjoy Stan’s additional blog posts offering advice and insights drawn from many years as a KM practitioner. You may also want to download a copy of his book, Proven Practices for Implementing a Knowledge Management Program, from Lucidea Press.  And learn about Lucidea’s  Presto and SydneyEnterprise with KM capabilities to support successful knowledge curation and sharing.

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