Starting a Personal Knowledge Management plan

Starting the knowledge journey

Every time we are in the process of starting something new [activity, task, or even a company] we have to prepare our tools [I mean knowledge] in order to accomplish the goal. First thing is to evaluate asking us what knowledge we do have now, then what knowledge we do need to capture, and, finally, where we do get such knowledge [the sources].

What do you know?

Follow this procedure to score your current knowledge level:

1. Designate you as a Master, Expert or Beginner according to these definitions:

Master [score 5]: “You are the best in the world”.

Expert [score 3]: “You are proficient and can accomplish with the most of the task you afford”.

Beginner [score 1]: “You are a little bit familiar with the topic or your are starting the journey to acquire the knowledge”.

2. Identify your knowledge level.

Following step is to identify the knowledge you need to capture in order to perform in the role your are going to assume. For instance, if you are starting to blog because you want to become a consultant giving advice in Time Management Strategies, you need to identify the level of knowledge you have according to the previous definitions [Master, Expert, or Beginner]. So, if you know a couple of tricks to reduce time wasting, then you are familiar with the topic and your score is 1.

3. Calculate your knowledge gap.

Once you have identified your knowledge level [in our example you are a Beginner], set up your goal [“I want to be an Expert in Time Management Strategies”] and calculate your gap [the difference between your desired level and current level]. In our example, your knowledge level is 1 and your knowledge gap is 2 [3-1=2].

4. Set up your knowledge goal.

Once your gap is known, do some research and find the sort of activities you have to develop in order to advance from 1 [Beginner level] to 3 [Expert level]. Can you identify some time management referents with good reputation? Is there a seminar, training, or course you can join in order to improve your skills? Is there anyone interested in coaching you in order you can learn for his/her experiences? And the last but not less important question: Are you interested in make some time investment, and money in some cases, to capture the new knowledge?

Next post will deploy a PKM framework to put in place the knowledge management cycle: capture-store-retrieve-share-apply.

Your are welcome to share with us your topic[s] of interest and your knowledge level.

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