I've been doing some reading - nothing new there. But prompted by a colleague, Matthew Percival, who has put my name forward to facilitate a Masterclass at their 2019 Project Management conference, I have delved into the topic of how organisations can harness and transfer tacit knowledge. In my article this month, I suggest mentoring as an ideal way to capture and leverage this wealth of expertise.

There is also a celebratory piece about the successful workshops my colleague Lyn Alderman and I facilitated in Brisbane last week.

Leaders leaving a legacy

Tacit knowledge is intangible knowledge acquired from experience and insight (Leonard, Swap & Barton, 2015) and an important strategic resource. But how do you capture this type of knowledge? What systems can you put in place to ensure your organisation doesn’t lose critical tacit knowledge because it is not passed on to others?

This got me thinking about mentoring and coaching, and how the leader as mentor is an excellent vessel for passing along their tacit knowledge to the mentee. Having a mentoring and coaching programme in place helps to expand the transfer and reach of expertise and experience across an organisation.

When I read through the numerous suggestions for how to transfer tacit knowledge, I kept thinking of how they are all excellent and manageable strategies that can be embedded within a mentoring and coaching programme. And what better use of a mentoring succession plan to ensure this knowledge is not lost but rather passed on, shared and used widely. By this I on

Strategy and People Workshop Series

Some of you may have seen my recent post on LinkedIn about our Strategy and People workshops in Brisbane last week. While I facilitated a workshop on strategic mentoring and coaching and how to handle difficult conversations in the workplace, Lyn led participants through a series of strategic tools that support leaders in building knowledge in the organisation. Participants’ feedback indicated that both workshops provided plenty of value, with such comments as:
"Thanks for a wonderful day Lyn and Lesley, another wonderful and interesting workshop with lots of helpful evaluation tools and knowledge."
"Lesley and Lyn have a lovely and warm facilitation style, adding to the successful delivery of this workshop. Thoroughly enjoyed the workshop and would highly recommend it to anyone interested in mentoring programs."
Enrolments are now open for our next workshop offerings in Sydney in May. Follow our EventBrite link to book in:
One-to-one mentoring and coaching with Lesley

For people who want a space and place to talk things through, make decisions, build confidence.

I offer personalised support in the areas of career planning & success, mentoring for mentors, conflict resolution, stress management and achieving a lifestyle balance.

 You can find out more about these programmes and how to set up a first meeting with me on my website.

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