So professionals espouse the critical need to capture this departing knowledge before it vanishes forever.
I don’t think we are looking at this in the right way.
Why are we clamoring to capture yesterday’s knowledge. We should be steaming full-speed ahead with new ideas to compete in tomorrow’s world.
Ask yourself these questions. When was the last time you:
- Wanted to know what a know-it-all knows?
- Cared about how it “Used to be done”
- Cared why it was "always done that way."
I think this panicked approach to capturing knowledge just adds more friction to getting old ideas out.
Of course, there are things we need to learn from experienced people. A ton!! But can’t we learn what’s valuable through ongoing and meaningful conversations about important issues in our companies? Isn’t an initiative to Capture Knowledge just a lot of overhead and extra work to capture things that are not valuable anyway?