- Paperback: 254 pages
- Publisher: Spirit Rising Productions; 1 edition (August 8, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 099797771X
- ISBN-13: 978-0997977714
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #719,716 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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There are a handful of entirely useless and poorly reproduced illustrations, such as a picture of seven rectangles to represent the seven pillars of knowledge management - no additional value.
There is practically no substance found in this book that one cannot glean from Wikipedia. As a strategic, high-level overview of knowledge management, this book might useful as an introduction to the subject. But, ultimately it reads like a self-help seminar.
"Knowledge management is about getting knowledge to the people who need it, when they need it. And if you can figure out how to make that happen, you're well on your way to success!"
Several times in the book the author interrupted his own narrative to plug other books that he has written (no lie) and even going so far as to offer the URL to a web page where you can sign up to be notified when the newest version of his out-of-print book is released. I found this crass.
The chapter in which I was most interested, which was touted as an example of his theories in practice, turned out to be another rehashing of the exact same scoping questions and vague recommendations made earlier in the book. No actual depth about what tacit knowledge exchange looks like or suggestions for success measures or performance indicators.
There was no tactical value to be found anywhere in the book.
There were also quality issues with the typesetting of the book, if that is still a thing. In several places entirelineswouldseemtoruntogetherwithoutspacesfornoreasonwhatsoever. Sheesh. I really don't have anything positive to say about this book, which is really a shame. I honestly can't remember the last time I felt more ripped off by book.
Brent's and my relationship goes back to the beginning of his professional carrier. At General Electric Syracuse our business was growing. Test engineering, part of the QA manufacturing organization built a team call Advanced Test Engineering. They selected 5 strong candidates of forward thinkers and separated them asking them to develop improved methods etc for what turned out to be all of the radar manufacturing organization. Bert was hired into that group as an entry level Computer Science graduate. Over 30 years later he spotted my name on social media and we just had to connect and share where our carriers had gone!
If you want to catch up with someone after a long absence, read what they write! OMG Brent congratulations. This book is truly excellent! While I was very familiar with many if the principles described I had seldom seen many actually being done. I had never seen a comprehensive approach you described being implemented or even talked about. Some of this maybe because I retired early and have been away from the mega corporate world now for years!
I had the opportunity to apply some of these principles to a High School Marching Band Booster organization. In one year with new organization methods of job descriptions of the officers, fund raising goals and, criteria, evaluations and lessons learned we took a club that consistently earned $20,000 a year and made over $100,000 two years in a row!
My recommendation for such a book would be to get it in front of the education people. Particularly the secondary education. These principles apply and as a former Board of Education President, are lacking. As BOE president I did implement annual goal setting for the board. The impact was immediate. That single action lead to greater cooperation between the community and the school. It set the school district on a continuous improvement path.