A 'knol' is a Google concept and implementation that is sort of intended to be a lighter-weight WikiPedia killer. As a generalist I like to find the abstract concept or pattern in order to leverage it. In this case, the word perfectly describes the sorts of things I'm apt to highlight in books and articles.
Here are a few knols I've gleaned from what I've read In "Knowledge Creation and Management" to date:
p.26 - ...innovations are brought about by entrepreneurial leaders...(and that) leadership in a knowledge-creating firm is based on more flexible distributed leadership, rather than on leadership as a fixed control mechanism.
p. 37 - "Looking at emerging trends from a knowledge worker's perspective, we see two main themes. First, greater emphasis on the importance of social networks, new search technologies, and improved approaches to expertise location are making it easier for knowledge workers to find what and whom they need and to establish relationships. Second, increased attention to the importance of adding context to content and the role of group (as opposed to individual) knowledge are making it easier to knowledge workers to apply knowledge more effectively. These forces are leading to greater knowledge worker productivity and better outcomes for organizations"
p. 39 - "A recent research report by IDC estimated that an organization employing one thousand knowledge workers might easily waste over $6 million per year because users fail to find existing knowledge they need, waste time searching for nonexistent knowledge, and re-create knowledge that is available but could not be located."
p. 59 - "Managers considering the transfer of knowledge will find themselves dealing with facts (know-what), cause-and-effect relationships (know-why), skill-based processes (know-how), and interpersonal networks (know-who)."
p. 64 - "..stories have come back into vogue as a way of conveying especially context-rich knowledge (as they) have an inherent advantage over other kinds of verbal and text communication because of the love of narrative is built into human DNA"
p. 64 - "Stories are powerful conveyors of knowledge because they are vivid, engaging, entertaining, and easily related to personal experience. Research shows that they are more memorable than lectures or presentations, are given more weight, and are more likely to guide behavior. In addition, because of the rich contextual details encoded in stories, they are ideal carriers of tacit dimensions of knowledge"
p. 65 - "The Socratic method engages the mind of the recipient of the knowledge in an extremely rapid process of sorting through possible responses to the open-ended question."
p. 70 - "..important knowledge travels best through personal relationships"
p. 71 - "Why are personal relationships so important for knowledge management? Because who you know has an important influence on what you know, for three important reasons: First, relationships allow us to know where a source of external knowledge may lie. Second, relationships are the most important conduit for tacit knowledge. Third, relationships can provide access to explicit knowledge that is important but not public"
More to come!
Today's Big Idea: What have you highlighted in the books and articles you've read? More importantly, why?
It was important at the time and were likely "a-ha" moments for you. Go find them and revisit them and see how relevant they are today as there were when you first made the marks to remember. A lot of this stuff ends up on bumper-stickers!.