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A couple of days ago I interviewed Michael Elkins, the President of Kestral Group LLC, a Denver, Colorado-based consulting company that delivers strategic knowledge and content management related services to a global list of clients.

Michael and I discussed the key success factors in knowledge management (KM) initiatives, how to create the culture of knowledge sharing, the typical pitfalls of KM projects, why Schlumberger saw this as an important direction and other like topics.

Mr. Elkins has over 18 years of experience working with organizations in numerous industries to establish successful knowledge-based programs. Prior to founding Kestral Group Mr. Elkins held executive and consulting roles with FileNet Corporation, Convergent Group and Schlumberger, a MAKE award winner, where he honed his skills and delivered KM services for global clients.

His areas of expertise include:
• Social Network Analysis
• Information Architecture / Taxonomy
• Enterprise Content Management and Collaboration
• Compliance

You are about to listen to a recording of my conversation with Douglas Weidner, Chairman of the Knowledge Management Institute (KMI).

Douglas Weidner is a pioneering KM practitioner.  He is a respected KM consultant, columnist, speaker and mentor.  He co-founded the first KM professional society and is a past president of its Washington, DC-based Chapter.

Formerly a Chief Knowledge Engineer at Northrop Grumman. Among his clients are World Bank, the UN, NASA, the World Health Organization and many other government agencies and commercial firms. 

Full Bio (PDF)

Some of the topics we chatted about include:

–         the right place to start a KM initiative

–         how to encourage grassroots projects

–         how to avoid throwing millions of dollars out of the window

–         who should lead KM work at the executive level

–         the future of KM

Tune in !

This is a first interview in what promises to be an exciting series of conversations on the subject of Knowledge Management.

Mr. Wahl is the Director of Information Management for Project Performance Corporation (PPC), which has helped over 200 public and private organizations successfully implement portals, content management, collaboration, social computing, and other information management systems.

He has supported a variety of organizations including Pratt & Whitney; Columbia University; the Department of Defense (DoD); the International Monetary Fund; March of Dimes; Rockwell Automation; and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

He also sits on the board of the Washington D.C. based Knowledge Management Institute and is Chair of IIRUSA’s Annual Enterprise Web, Portals, and Collaborative Technologies Conference.

You may or may not have the title of CKO, but if you are in charge of Knowledge Management in your organization, I would like to talk to you for about 20 minutes. Please contact me at

website email phone (905) 278 4753


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