We held a Knowledge Cafe recently in Basel to discuss Knowledge and Leadership. The discussions were good and based on our notes I am currently preparing what I think is a nice co-created article. Below is a short summary and some photos from the proceedings. If interested in this topic and related activities, I welcome your comments or please contact me at barry.hardy (-at-) douglasconnect.com.
Summary based on discussions at a Knowledge Café held
in Basel, Switzerland, 25 April 2007 by
Shadab Lari, Joel Brun, Markus Hainzl, Hasan Al-Matrouk, Abdulaziz Addawesh, Adnan Sharif, Gladys Range, Nicolette Liller, Bernhard te Woerd, Peter Ngunyi, Vera Olang, Pierre Neveux, Robin Micklewright, Douglas Weidner, Nicki Douglas, Barry Hardy, Heike Gutmann, Juergen Drewe, Harald Mauser, Markus Hegi, Eunika Mercier-Laurent, Monika Hochstrasser, Annette Höglund, Tobe Freeman, Chris Gopsill, Chris Pallaris, Beat Knechtli, Pavel Kraus, Giulio Pasolini, Richard Zbinden
Summary (as pdf):
On the top of the corporate leadership agenda is the responsibility for building the corporate community consisting of clients, shareholders, board directors, employees, partners, suppliers, authorities, research organisations and other stakeholders. We ask the question: how do we research, develop and apply new better practices to be taken in the knowledge management (KM) of an organisation involved in activities where leadership and innovation success could have significant performance impact?
Relevant questions related to Knowledge and Leadership include: How should we lead knowledge-driven organisations in the 21st century? What skills and qualities are needed by today's "knowledge leaders"? What knowledge strategies should an organisation adopt for the next five years? What should organisations be doing today to ensure they have the right leaders, workers, processes, and projects in place by the turn of this decade? What changes can we forecast in terms of information and communications technology (ICT), knowledge management, creativity, learning and collaboration? And how do we prepare as individuals and organisations to confront these challenges?
A Knowledge Café was held on the terrace of the Merian Hotel in Basel on 25 April 2007 to discuss these questions through peer-to-peer conversations between managers and practitioners. The Knowledge Café lasted ca. 2.5 hours and involved 31 participants.
The six facilitators at the Café were Richard Zbinden (CEO, Software for Corporate Leaders), Barry Hardy (Founder, InnovationWell), Douglas Weidner (President, International Knowledge Management Institute), Chris Pallaris (ETH, Zurich), Pavel Kraus (President, SKMF) and Beat Knechtli (CKO, PwC)
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