What does it mean to be a "tamed" knowledge professional? Many a rant have surfaced while I scour the literature, but none has ignited my soul and caused me to come out of hiding more than an article by James Neal entitled "Raised by Wolves". A KM think tank, of which I am a part, is systematically making its way through current issues.
Sometimes it's our lack of knowledge, that when put into a new framework, becomes knowledge that is real. And valuable. And lasting. And most beneficial to Self and others in our communities of practice. Other times it's in our failures that knowledge emerges as motivation and the needed realization that what matters most is progress, not perfection.
Knowledge can be painful. Knowledge can arrive unexpectedly. Knowledge can be a gift from our colleagues and our friends.
Today I tried to learn Dreamweaver. Wow! What an experience. It took me 7 hours and two large mochas to get past lesson number 2. But tennacity paid off. I DID learn how to create a home page AND link to pages, link to return email and link to a URL.
Through this experience I found myself not unlike one of the students of knowledge on the steps of the gathering place at the School of Athens... trying to pick up any tips I can about web design and even moreso, advice about how to be a good learner.
The everyday, little revelations we have are usually the genesis of some of our most profound philosophies. Did the great thinkers come up with their theories this way?
I had one of those aha moments today, thanks to one of my friends and a lunch conversation we shared. While driving (when I do ALL my best thinking) this morning, I wondered how we decide which car to buy, where to live, and why we do what we do for a living.