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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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Knowledge Thought Leaders

Guy St. Clair

  The most recent post from SMR asked readers to identify the characteristics of the knowledge thought leader, and the query opened a new line of discussion for those of us working with KM/knowledge services. Some responses came via several LinkedIn KM-focused groups (and selected responses were moved over to the comments block of the post). The question seemed fairly straightforward (“how do you identify knowledge thought leaders?”), and the variety of responses gives us a good framework for thinking about the work we do and the people with whom we interact. First of all, it appears that there is –…
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