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Guest Post from Ed O’Neal: A More Realistic Career Path for Knowledge Workers

Guy St. Clair

[Ed O’Neal and Guy St. Clair got to know one another at the recent KM Education Forum Summit in Washington, where they talked together about KM work in the corporate structure. Thanks to Ed for sharing his thoughts with SMR’s readers.]   In and out of KM for a career… I spent 24 years in the military before transitioning to the corporate world as an Organizational Effectiveness Leader for Manufacturing and then to KM. In my experience, few people are what might be called “pure” KM practitioners. Everyone seems to come to this work after experience in IT, information management,…
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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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