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How to Manage and Share Knowledge Part 1: Setting up for Success

Written by Lori Mankin

The success of the famous crime-fighting duo Sherlock and Watson is dependent on their ability to share knowledge with each other. Do you think Sherlock ever solved a mystery by discovering a ransom note and forgetting to tell Watson about it? Do you think Watson ever found a footprint at the scene of the crime and thought, “You know, I think I’ll just keep this to myself.” No! Just as Sherlock and Watson depend on each other’s knowledge to solve the mystery, your employees rely on each other to solve the latest problem, create the best product, and stay ahead of the competition.

Before we delve into the world of knowledge sharing tips and tricks, let’s review some basic terminology. Knowledge management is about getting the most from the knowledge that exists in your organization. Knowledge management means never asking the same question twice, never repeating research, and never duplicating a document. It means the most up-to-date knowledge is always right at your fingertips.

Knowledge sharing is the ability to pull this knowledge from the cluttered minds and inboxes of employees and make it accessible to everyone. Both are crucial to the success of your company.

So, how exactly do you encourage knowledge sharing in your organization? First, you need to get the foundation in place. Follow these best practices for taking the mystery out setting your team up for knowledge sharing success.

1. Invest In The Right Technology

We are at a point in time when the discussion surrounding knowledge sharing best practices can no longer exclude technology. In order to stay in the race with the top performers in your industry, you must invest in knowledge sharing technology. Investing in the right knowledge sharing technology for your organization provides a solid foundation on which to build a culture of sharing and collaboration.

2. Prepare A Success Strategy

Although a solid foundation is crucial to the strength and durability of a home, you can’t live inside a foundation. Building a sturdy home requires extensive planning and preparation. So to build an organization that excels in knowledge sharing, the blueprints must be impeccable.

The best way to plan for future knowledge sharing success in your organization is to structure your knowledge sharing platform in such a way that is conducive to collaboration and cohesive with the structure of your organization. Find a knowledge sharing platform that allows you to customize your content structure to fit your organization. Such a capability allows employees to successfully share knowledge within the platform just as they would in person.

3. Identify How You Will Measure Success Of Knowledge Sharing

No new initiative can be truly successful if you don’t measure and quantify its success. Here are some examples of key metrics to measure the success of knowledge sharing in your organization:

  • Frequency of KMS access
  • Frequency of social interactions such as comments, and likes
  • Amount of content being added
  • Search engine usage

Metrics are all well and good, but how exactly do you collect this information? The best knowledge sharing platforms do it for you. Look for a knowledge sharing platform that provides reports on your key metrics.

4. Foster A Culture Conducive To Sharing And Collaboration

It takes hard work and planning to shift your company culture from knowledge hoarding to knowledge sharing. To create a culture where employees are comfortable sharing and collaborating, you must build an environment that is safe and rewarding. Encouraging knowledge sharing means encouraging risk, experimentation, and trial and error. Reward employees for sharing their ideas and taking risks; not just for being successful.

 

So now what? Check out Part 2 of this post next week, where we will share tips on how to execute this strategy within your organization.

Harness The Power Of Knowledge Sharing With Digital Transformation

Companies that grasp what the digital workplace is really all about are willing to change the ways people and applications connect across their organizations. By fostering a digitally driven culture of collaboration, they break down silos, share knowledge more effectively, and compete more successfully.

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