This phrase is commonly attributed to Sir Francis Bacon. In another place, Bacon wrote, “Human knowledge and human power meet in one; for where the cause is not known the effect cannot be produced. Nature to be commanded must be obeyed; and that which in contemplation is as the cause is in operation as the rule.” A wise man is strong, a man of knowledge increased strength implies that with knowledge or education one’s potential or abilities in life will certainly increase. Having and sharing knowledge is widely recognized as the basis for improving one’s reputation and influence, this power.
We are in an era of knowledge abundance. Traditional management theory focuses on knowledge scarcity. We need new management strategies to deal with so much communication and so much knowledge. They say knowledge is power but, if that were the case, only academics would rule the world. Knowledge in itself is not power, the application of knowledge makes is powerful. Little learning is a dangerous thing and too much learning can lead to paralysis and a lack of decisive, timely action. Do you like “the more the merrier” or ‘’less is more”?