Personal Knowledge Mastery

Seek > Sense > Share

PKM is a unified framework of individually constructed enabling processes to help each of us make sense of our world, work more effectively, and contribute to society.

PKM means taking control of your professional development, and staying connected in the network era, whether you are an employee, self-employed, or between jobs.

  • Personal – according to one’s abilities, interests & motivation.
    (not directed by external forces)
  • Knowledge – understanding information and experience in order to act upon it.
    (know what, know who, know how)
  • Mastery – the journey from apprentice to disciplined sense-maker and knowledge catalyst.
    (masters do not need to be managed)

“A model of curation for the digital era that is being used in health and care is Harold Jarche’s ‘Personal Knowledge Mastery’ (PKM). This is about individuals making the best use of their networks and other sources of knowledge so that they can keep up to date with the most effective thinking in their area and practice new ways of doing things. Leaders who take responsibility for their own effectiveness through PKM create leverage and value for their organisations. The underpinning framework for curation within PKM is ‘seek, sense, share’. ‘Seeking’ is about finding things out and keeping up to date; pulling’ information, but also having it ‘pushed’ to us by trusted sources. ‘Sensing’ is about making sense and meaning of information, reflecting and putting into practice what we have learned and plugging information into our own mental models and turning it into knowledge. ‘Sharing’ is about connecting and collaborating; sharing complex knowledge with our own work teams, testing new ideas with our own networks and increasing connections through social networks.”

—UK National Health Service White Paper: The new era of thinking and practice in change and transformation

Developing Mastery

Several public online workshops are scheduled throughout the year:

PKM Online Workshop

Custom workshops can be developed for organizations:

Organizational PKM Workshop

PKM Handbook

Purchase a coil bound, 62 page black & white paper copy at Lulu: PKM Handbook


“Transforming Knowledge into Mastery is a second way of learning: the domain of ‘collective learning’ so to say. One that requires learners to practice with each other, or to practice together with ‘masters’ (i.e. someone with mastery). One might say that here, you need at least two learners! This ‘K2M’ transformation can happen in the classroom, ‘on the job’, by practicing problem-solving, by seeking advice, or in direct online interaction.” —Niels Pflaeging

PKM Explained

The active practice of PKM can help increase Connections, develop Meaning, and improve Autonomy; for any profession, vocation, or life style.

“The more I am out there chatting to clients, the more I realise that your PKM approach is the number one critical skill set.  Any way I look at it, all roads seem to end there.  It is the foundation.  That’s why I thought this is where they need to start – and not just the employees – everyone including the managers.” —Helen Blunden, AU

PKM in Practice

How valid is PKM?

My PKM seek > sense > share framework has been used and referenced in these academic programs:

  • Australia, University of Southern Queensland, Networked and Global Learning Course
  • Canada, University of Ottawa, Knowledge Management Course, MA Programme
  • Finland, Tampere University of Technology
  • Ireland, University of Limerick, Kemmy Business School
  • USA, Creighton University, Interdisciplinary Doctorate Program
  • USA, University of Pennsylvania, Executive Doctoral Program
  • USA, Technological Systems Approaches to Leadership at Concordia University, Irvine, CA, EDD703
  • USA, Master’s Program in Learning & Organizational Change at Northwestern University, MSLOC430
  • Wales, Bangor University Psychology Department

Organizations that have adopted some or all of the PKM framework: ING Bank, Domino’s Pizza, Carlsberg Group, MasterCard Foundation, University of Nebraska Extension Network, United Cities & Local Governments.

Contact Harold for more information.