Here are a few of our favorite knowledge management quotes and how to apply them and the principles of Knowledge Sharing in your team.
Everyone’s a philosopher until you have to put things into practice; then it becomes another matter entirely.
The pragmatic principles of Knowledge sharing from our perspective are quite simple;
- Knowledge must be shared in the moment to be relevant
- Knowledge sharing is a Competitive Advantage
- Knowledge sharing happens when information flows throughout the organization, cross-functionally and across locations
- Knowledge sharing creates a culture of learning
We’re on a mission to help growing organizations move from Chaos to Clarity through Knowledge Sharing so we sought out some of our favorite Knowledge Management quotes of all time and added some context in terms of our thinking behind them.
Knowledge Management Quotes we love
Knowledge is Power, Francis Bacon, English philosopher and statesman who served as Attorney General and as Lord Chancellor of England
Unless it’s shared of course!
Our humble opinion is that knowledge is rendered entirely useless if not shared. We had to add in the age-old adage here “if you want to go fast, go alone. But if you want to go further, go together”. It sounds cliche, but it’s the truth.
Of central importance is the changing nature of competitive advantage – not based on market position, size and power as in times past, but on the incorporation of knowledge into all of an organization’s activities, Leif Edvinsson, Swedish Intellectual Capital guru
The Future of Knowledge sharing means that employees can be connected to organizational information faster than the click of a button. Ideally, information should be instantaneously accessible no matter where a team member may find themselves.
Knowledge is like paint. It does no good unless it’s applied. Anon
We don’t know who said this, but it’s pretty spot on! (excuse the pun). If you make knowledge easy to apply, it makes working life increasingly productive and impactful. At Whale, we try to learn something new every day, and we share new knowledge within Whale and back to the team every week. How are you applying and sharing knowledge in your team?
If HP knew what HP knows, we’d be three times more productive, Former Hewlett-Packard CEO, Lew Platt
How much knowledge is sitting inside your organization and more importantly, how much of it is being shared? Just imagine the possibilities for growth and productivity if you were able to harness the power of internal knowledge management in such a manner that it became your knowledge-sharing competitive advantage? Just imagine!
Developing a Knowledge sharing culture is a consequence of Knowledge Management, not a prerequisite, Carla O’Dell
Whilst we agree that a knowledge-sharing culture isn’t a consequence of Knowledge Management, Knowledge sharing certainly goes a long way to creating a knowledge-sharing culture.
Too often, people think of knowledge management as a noun. They’re mistaken: Knowledge Management is a verb, a way of getting work done, Jeff Angus
We wholeheartedly agree and would take it one step further to say that if you make ‘the way’ of acquiring knowledge easy, in a manner that flows to the seeker, you’re likely to get a whole lot more engagement.
A few more Knowledge Management Quotes we love
Knowledge management fails when people need common information but don’t need each other, Andy Boyd
Remember how once upon a time most people worked in silos? When teams stayed inside their areas of expertise? When someone needed something, they simply asked. Not only are those days gone but they were flawed and left many things ‘open to translation’.
There is no wealth like knowledge, and no poverty like ignorance, Buddha, c. 400/500 BC
Our money is on the fact that the most successful businesses in the world in the future will come from connected teams who have their finger on the pulse, and data, not necessarily from those with the biggest budgets.
In order to properly understand the big picture, everyone should fear becoming mentally clouded and obsessed with one small section of truth, Xunzi, Chinese Confucian philosopher
You should be able to have company policies on hand. You should be able to find the HR policy on leave or access your company’s brand information without having to go and look for it in a folder, much less having to email (we can’t believe we just said that) someone. Internal email is so last century and as for looking for documents? Well, that’s very BC – Before Covid.
In vain have you acquired knowledge if you have not imparted it to others, Deuteronomy Rabbah, c.900
We’ve seen many a start-up fail because the brilliance of the CEO has not been shared with the team. We believe that a CEO’s job is to impart the vision, inspiration, and knowledge he/she has to each and every team member, thereby creating an empowered team.
Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow, Ralph Waldo Emerson, American essayist, lecturer, and poet
Growth is the basis and the starting point for why an organization or start-up exists. It’s all about growing something from an inspired idea, and once it’s been born trying to scale it as quickly as possible. BUT growth shouldn’t mean chaos. You can grow in a systemized way, ask us how.
Knowledge is like money: to be of value it must circulate, and in circulating it can increase in quantity and, hopefully, in value, Louis L’Amour, American author
Company knowledge should flow, not have to be sought for. All humans tend to take the path of least resistance so we’re less likely to go look for a piece of information than we are to open it if it were to magically arrive at the exact time we needed it. This is why we build Whale and are creating the Future of Knowledge sharing.
The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance; it is the illusion of knowledge, Stephen Hawking, British theoretical physicist and cosmologist
There’s only one thing worse than someone who knows nothing, it’s someone who knows nothing but thinks they know everything. For your teams to be effective, company knowledge should be easily accessible and should flow where needed.
Sharing knowledge is sharing wealth, Andrew-Knox B Kaniki, Author
Time is Money Growth. Wealthy is the company that can create more time. How does one create more time when there are only 24 hours in a day? One creates time by eliminating meaningless and repetitive tasks such as trying to find information. Those who succeed at scaling do so because they’ve systemized their processes and have unleashed more time which can be better spent focusing on the customer and growth.
Love our Knowledge Management Quotes? We think you’ll love The Future of Knowledge Sharing Report even more!