Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Memorable KM advice from Lao Tsu

Inspired by Zen Motorcycles, I am reading Tao Te Ching for the first time. Paraphrasing chapters one and two, here is

Lao Tsu's guide to Knowledge Management:


The name that can be named is not the eternal name.
Without desiring names, one can see the mystery.
Ever desiring names, one can see manifestations.


Therefore the sage goes about doing nothing, teaching no-talking.
The ten thousand things rise and fall without cease,
Creating, yet not possessing,
Working, yet not taking credit.
Work is done, then forgotten.
Therefore it lasts forever.

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