The Future of Knowledge: Increasing Prosperity through Value Networks
by Verna Allee
"Why are you reading something called The Future of Knoweldge?" asked my wife. "You are supposed to be on vacation, remember?" I replied that I was thoroughly enjoying myself, and indeed I was.
Verna's concepts around knowledge and the way I think about learning are completely in sync, but Verna has pushed the envelope further than I have, expanding the arena to include sustaining the earth.
These are my notes. Most are direct quotes from the book although a few of my own thoughts are scrambled in, and sometimes I've shortened or rearranged the original. I encourage you to buy the book; at $20, it's cheap.
"There is really only one management question: What do we need to pay attention to in order to be successful?" Similarly, there is only one individual question: What do I need to pay attention to in order to be successful?
Awareness of how we create our shared social reality is the most important aspect of business life we will need to learn for a successful future. (So say Nonaka, Senge, Varela, de Geus, and others)
|Early industrial||Industrial Age||Knowledge Era|
|Management focus||Plan, organize, control||Vision, values, empowerment||Emergence, integrity, relationships|
|Social structure||Individual tasks||Work & project teams||Communities|
|Strategic resource||Raw materials||Financial capital||Knowledge & intangibles|
|Worldview||Descartes, Newton, mechanical||Ford, Taylor, efficient, engineering||Complexity, systems theory, living systems.|
When something is truly complex, all the parts work together in such a way that the whole cannot be divided without losing its integrity--and the parts also lose their integrity when separated from the whole. When you cut a cow in half you don't get two cows. You get a mess.
Every conversation is an experiment in knowledge creation/testing ideas, trying out words and concepts, continuously creating and re-creating our experience of life itself. As people move beyond routine processes into more complex challenges, they rely heavily on their colleagues and friends as thinking partners.
Verna's value mapping process:
With too much structure organizations can't move. With too little, they disintegrate or fly apart. Companies that have learned to keep that edge--that fine balance between tight and loose?are at their most alive, creative, and adaptable. Systems adapt best if they are only partly connected.
A business school professor once instructed me, tongue in cheek, that "Everything comes in three's." Usually, this holds true. The first columns below are Verna's. I added Bloom and my shorthand for Bloom.
|Operational||eLearning, newsfeeds, search||technology||Immediate||Hands||Psycho-motor|
|Tactical||Community, stories, collaboration||knowledge||Soon||Head||Cognitive|
|Strategic||Scenarios, system maps, dialog||value||Future||Heart||Affective|
Check out Verna's site. And you thought "bookkeeping" was the only word with three double-letters in a row, didn't you? www.vern aa ll ee .com
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