Originally posted 11-Oct-18 and 24-Jan-19

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There are many ways to nurture an organizational culture change in a knowledge-sharing environment, including embracing “Working Out Loud”. Bryce Williams defines Working Out Loud (WOL) as Observable Work (creating, modifying, and storing your work in places where others can see it, follow it, and contribute to it in process) + Narrating Your Work (writing about what you are doing in an open way for those interested to find and follow).

John Stepper says Working Out Loud starts with “making your work visible in such a way that it might help others. When you do that — when you work in a more open, connected way — you can build a purposeful network that makes you more effective and provides access to more opportunities.”

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Reasons Working Out Loud Benefits Knowledge Management

For those in knowledge management hoping to bring organizational culture change, here are reasons for Working Out Loud rather than working privately, through email messages, or in closed meetings:

  • Multiple people may need to know what is going on, to read updates, and to reply, and you don’t know who all of them are. You can receive replies from all relevant people, and see all people who replied, unlike forwarded email.

If you work out loud, you progress from old ways of working to new and better ones. These include modeling the open way of working, demonstrating trust, and flattening out the hierarchy.

Lucidea Press has published my latest book, Proven Practices for Promoting a Knowledge Management Program, which includes more information on nurturing a knowledge-sharing culture, as well as additional advice and insights drawn from my career as a KM practitioner.

See also Articles and Links on Working Out Loud and Conversation.

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Knowledge Management Author and Speaker, Founder of SIKM Leaders Community, Community Evangelist, Knowledge Manager https://sites.google.com/site/stangarfield/

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