Knowledge management – how about a ‘to-consider’ list

I’m all about learning, about soaking up new knowledge and creating a sumptuous, creative smorgasbord of learning opportunities for my workshop participants.  I have lists of books that I’ve read, dog-eared, highlighted, scribbled in and otherwise marked up for how to transfer the knowledge they contain.  I use Delicious, youtube, and flickr to help me corral my learning resources.  Clients appreciate being able to get videos I use in training and other resources easily through surfing my social media sites.

Being able to catalogue, remember, sort and sift through knowledge so that key points are where you need them, when you need them can be a bit daunting however..  As trainers we’re not paid to spend hours looking for information we know have …. somewhere.

As a result I am focused on knowledge management – how to sort, sift, catalogue and otherwise remember the new things I learn and be able to pass them along to clients.

I wrote a series of posts about my to-do and to-done lists.  You can get the links to them at the bottom of this post.  I’ve been thinking that I missed something though.  The ‘to-consider’ list.

The to-consider list is an art.  It’s elegant and streamlined, graceful even.  It waves its attention wand in your face but gently, much more gently than the commanding to-do list.  The to-consider list is a walk through what’s possible, what could be.  It’s a place to capture ideas without having to commit, kind of like a first date.

You can try the ideas on without having to invest energy and resources.  The to-consider list has less pressure than the to-do list.  It’s like sticking a bookmark in a book, it’s a placeholder which says ‘hey, don’t forget me, I’ll be here when you’re ready to consider….’

So, what’s on your ‘to-consider’ list?


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2 Responses to “Knowledge management – how about a ‘to-consider’ list”

  1. Michelle Royle Says:
    July 26th, 2011 at 11:52 pm

    How did I miss this – To Consider List…I LOVE this – it indeed feels less pressured than the To DO List! Much more open and full of possibility – vs. responsibility. THANKS for this great idea!

  2. Lee-Anne Ragan Says:
    July 27th, 2011 at 12:24 am

    I love the balance of capturing ‘stuff’ (so it doesn’t disappear in the ether) but not feeling pressured to do it all NOW! Just added to my consider list learning more about meditation- Deepak Chopra has a 21 day meditation challenge starting Aug 15th that I’m considering signing up for (while I’m striking a pensive, contemplative expression……)

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