Prof L.S.Ganesan, Head of the Department Of Management Studies at IIT-Madras was speaking about the parallels between Pranayama(Yogic breathing) and the need for a process centric KM. Breathing is so simple and obvious that we take it for granted. Also normal breathing does not significant impact beyond keeping us alive. However systematic and controlled breathing has system wide effects. One of the sites on yoga explains pranayama/yogic breathing as follows:
“Pranayama is loosely translated as prana or breath control. The ancient yogis developed many breathing techniques to maximize the benefits of prana. Pranayama is used in yoga as a separate practice to help clear and cleanse the body and mind. It is also used in preparation for meditation, and in asana,the practice of postures, to help maximize the benefits of the practice, and focus the mind.”
Optimal Breathing speaks about Superior Health, Peak Performance, Life Extension in relation to effective breathing.
On the same lines a well defined and systematic way to create,integrate and share knowledge would have system wide effects that are greater than sum of the parts.
A haphazard approach or no-approach to KM is like normal breathing(with little beyond local impact) and a formal KM approach is like Pranayama(has positive and sustainable long term system wide impact).