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Unleash the Innovation as a Knowledge Manager (Part 2)

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Unleash the Innovation as a Knowledge Manager (Part 2)

May 03, 2024   |  By
KMI Guest Blogger Ekta Sachania

We need to be asked the right questions to realize our knowledge and insights on the topic. It’s true for tacit knowledge. It might remain passively in our minds unless we are given the right questions, opportunities, and tools to express it. 

As hard as it is to document tacit knowledge, it is equally hard to channel it through the right questions. With the right innovative strategies that empower and enable employees to share and express their thoughts and insights, knowledge managers can ensure that the tacit knowledge no longer remains in the minds and thoughts of employees but is channeled and formalized to be leveraged for business value creation. 

  • Employees need to be allowed to socialize and be free to speak their minds is the first step towards unearthing and preserving tacit knowledge. 
  • Making it a part of employee onboarding, asking them to reflect on their previous experiences, and emphasizing the role of knowledge sharing can set the right note for knowledge sharing. 
  • Shape your knowledge communities or CoPs platform to initiate discussions on key trends, use cases, best practices, lessons learned, and innovation ideas and goals, and invite members from diverse teams and geographies to get valuable treasures of tacit knowledge.
  • Create focused group discussions in storytelling modes and encourage employees to share stories and anecdotes related to their experiences and expertise. This can help reveal implicit knowledge and best practices for complex problems.
  • Let new joiners shadow the experienced employees to get hands-on experience on the working ways and get insider tips and insights to carry on the work tasks.
  • Conduct Ideation or brainstorming sessions to bring employees together and engage in problem-solving activities or simulations. This can uncover hidden knowledge as participants collaborate and share insights. 
  • Host informal knowledge cafes where employees from various departments come together to discuss topics of mutual interest. This facilitates knowledge sharing in an informal setting making employees comfortable to express their views and speak their minds and ideas.
  • Gamify learning processes by incorporating elements like quizzes, challenges, and rewards. This makes learning more engaging and encourages employees to share their tacit knowledge to achieve goals.
  • Designate physical or virtual spaces where employees can serendipitously encounter each other and engage in spontaneous knowledge exchange, fostering a culture of continuous learning.

By leveraging these innovative approaches, organizations can effectively capture and leverage tacit knowledge, enhancing collaboration, innovation, and overall performance.

Ekta Sachania has over 15 years of experience in learning and talent development disciplines, including knowledge management, content management, and learning & collaboration with expertise in content harvesting, practice enablement, metrics analysis, site management, collaboration activities, communications strategy and market trends analysis. Demonstrated success in managing multiple stakeholder expectations across time zones and exhibiting good project management skills, by successfully developing and deploying projects for large audiences.  Ability to adapt and work in emerging areas with fast-shifting priorities.  Connect with Ekta at LinkedIn...

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