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 traits of an ideal profile? Would you use a scale for that?
b) throw a bottle in the sea (in the network) and ask people at all levels to self-rate themselves?
c) the same but ask all people to tell who in their personal networks correspond to those traits?
Which pros and cons you have for each of these methods?
How would you respond to Sergio?