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KM/Knowledge Services in the New Africa: Nerisa Jepkorir Kamar

Guy St. Clair

We hear much about the “new” Africa, and many commentators are predicting great things for the world’s second-largest and second most-populous continent (see especially Lions on the move: The progress and potential of African economies, McKinsey and Company’s important report from last June). After a year working in Kenya, I can attest to the fact that this great place is definitely moving to better times and is fast on its way to becoming a major player in the global economy. Last summer’s vote for a new Kenyan constitution released a strong burst of optimism, and it is common to hear…
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Knowledge Thought Leaders: An Exercise

Guy St. Clair

Thanks to all who have participated in our discussion about organizational thought leaders. Before we move on to another subject, let’s review with a little exercise: Think about five people in your company who, in your opinion, are knowledge thought leaders (keep the names to yourself). As you think about these people, list five characteristics for each person that contribute to his or her role as a knowledge thought leader. Also think about how, from your perspective, these characteristics connect with your estimation of the person’s role as knowledge thought leader (in other words, why is this or that particular…
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Knowledge Thought Leaders: A Practical Question

Guy St. Clair

Sergio Storch in Brazil offers an intriguing dialogue opportunity in his response to the last post about knowledge thought leaders. So intriguing, in fact, that I want to be sure the question gets thrown out to all our readers, so I’m highlighting it as a separate post. Here’s his practical question: In a concrete situation where you have a large organization and want to identify the KM thought leaders, which of these methods would you prefer? a) formulate the traits of these guys and then ask the managers to tell you who in their teams fits to each of these…
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