Marcia Conner

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Socially Awkward Networks

Last night I went to my high school’s 30th reunion. It was wonderful in ways I couldn’t have imagined and showed me that time (and perspective) can heal even wounds once made on tender hearts. 5 short years ago I wouldn’t have been ready to look back with such a giddy goofy grin. Proof...

came when I found a post I’d written for Fast Company in 2008, before our last reunion, which I didn’t attend. It’s about a classmate who wasn’t at this year’s reunion but who I might have felt differently about had she been there. Might. Here’s a reposting of that piece, not as a way to call out... [read more]

Socially Awkward Networks

Working Hard Amid The Stars

My dad, Bob, was the hardest working person I’ve ever known. The son of immigrants, his dad died when my dad was very young. When his much older brother and sister left home, he grew up in the rooms behind a grocery store. His mom made his clothes, and he learned that the way...

to improve your situation was to work. When I was born, my dad was a school teacher in Chicago’s inner city. He saw that work as a way to improve the situation of the bright, hopeful kids in that school. Then his father-in-law, my grandfather Nathan, suggested he could assist in other ways too. When we moved... [read more]

Working Hard Amid The Stars

Turning Words Into Swords

Douglas Rushkoff’s critical editorial in the pages of GOOD Summer 2013 coaxed me out of my head and onto my keyboard. He wrote, “Reading a copy of GOOD provokes both inspiration and inferiority….While I like to think of myself as doing good, when I am confronted by a cadre of folks doing magazine-layout-worthy good,...

I am at once motivated and paralyzed.” I couldn’t have said it better myself. More pointedly, I didn’t. For years I have described myself as a good but slow writer. The good part comes from decades of painstaking practice as a book writer and magazine editor–jobs that require my trademark vision and persistence. Their deadlines and... [read more]

Turning Words Into Swords

May I Borrow Your Job?

Use job exchange programs to improve organizational productivity, improve your business culture, and help everyone learn.

May I Borrow Your Job?

Get Smarter Than Smart

A CEO just asked me how to get his people under control. He believes he’s doing everything right so it must be his people who are all wrong. He reminds me of the teacher who prepares all summer and then come fall the wrong students arrive. Even those smart enough to rise to positions...

of influence sometimes think the forces of good are only available from order (control) and the forces of evil are epitomized by chaos (kaos). I’m no Agent 99, but when anyone tells me they will get through a possible recession or the school year by clamping down on employees, students, customers, markets, or even time, I... [read more]

Get Smarter Than Smart

Shoot An Arrow, Then Draw A Target Around It

The mere mention of a test makes hearts race and palms sweat. Err, umm, I have someplace else to be… More than any other, the word test draws gut-level memories of difficult times in school-like settings when we felt unprepared or manipulated to learn something that didn’t seem very important—and then have someone else...

evaluate us on what they believed we should know. Magnify that by 2,500, the average number of quizzes students face before they are 18 years old, another 100 or so tests in college. After all that, it might seem surprising that I’d even consider writing about the topic here. Eek! Testing has my attention right now... [read more]

Shoot An Arrow, Then Draw A Target Around It

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