CKO skills, revisited
In 2015 I published a post showing that a significant proportion of CKOs know very little about Knowledge Management, at least according to their Linked-in profiles. This year I revisited these stats.
- One type, who are reasonably well versed in Knowledge Management, and see this as the CKO’s domain. KM is top of their list of skills, or high in the list (and half of the the profiles I reviewed had KM in the top 3 skills).
- Another type, for whom the CKO role is held by a person with few or no KM skills at all.
Whatever the reason, the results are surprising. 40% of CKOs have few if any KM skills.
Would you see this in any other discipline? Imagine
- a CFO with no financial skills
- a Chief Lawyer with no legal skills
- a Chief Engineer with no engineering skills
What is heartening though is that things seem to be getting better. Bearing in mind the caveats that
- these are two different samples, and that
- 50 many not be a representative number, and that
- the profiles I can see on LinkedIn are related to my own personal network;
In the 2015 sample, only 24% had KM at the top of the skills list – now it is 34%.
In the 2015 sample, 32% had no KM skills on their skills list – now it is 26%.
Perhaps this is evidence that KM is becoming more respected and more established as a discipline, and that CKO is less likely to be used as a random job title.
The trend is heartening, but we still have a long way to go.
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