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“Chop the head of the snake off and the body withers and dies” – a rather graphic visualization of Leadership but that describes it in a nutshell. KM Success factors, that we discussed at a broad level here describe what it takes to establish a successful KM practice.
Leadership plays a vital role in ensuring success in any initiative within an organization. The same holds true for knowledge management considering its a very new initiative. The backing of a strong leader is the cornerstone of a successful KM initiative. Executive buy-in and promotion goes a long way in sustaining the growth of KM, and since most employees look to the head of a company for vision and direction, his/her backing adds greater value.
Aggressive Marketing, Rewards and Recognition programs are but the first steps to spreading awareness on KM. However if are in the business of Knowledge Management for the long haul, culture changes need to be made as executive backing can only take you so far.