From LexisNexis With Love: why Bond's 'Q' would be a great knowledge manager

From LexisNexis With Love: why Bond's 'Q' would be a great knowledge manager

Q Article (KMI6) WordpressIf you’re a fan of the Bond movies you’ll know that ‘Q’ (for ‘Quartermaster’) is head of the British Secret Service’s (fictional) research and development faculty known as the ‘Q Division’. His main function is to use his genius to supply Bond with a steady stream of gadgets to keep him one step ahead of evil villains with steel teeth and fluffy white cas.

But what is it about his approach that has kept Bond alive and kicking through so many scrapes? And what does all this have to do with knowledge managers?!

1. He uses his genius to bring out the best in others

Q is a genius. His knowledge appears to span every aspect of engineering and design one can contemplate. However, it is not his knowledge that helps 007 secure victory for the plucky Brits time after time. Rather, it’s the gadgets he creates with that knowledge - and 007's ability to use them.

Now, we’re not about to suggest that you hand an exploding pen to any of the lawyers you work with (sorry)! Like Q, knowledge professionals must go beyond the reactive provision of know-how and find ways to source and/or create resources and tools that enable their own field agents to make the best use of their particular skills:

Like Q, knowledge professionals must go beyond the reactive provision of know-how and find ways to source and/or create resources and tools that enable their own field agents to make the best use of their particular skills:

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