Marcia Conner

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Twitterprise: Bringing Whole Selves to Work

Social messaging offers much more than collaboration when individuals include their multidimensional perspectives in the Enterprise stream. I began using Twitter out of spite. Fast Company had a mass website upgrade and some links weren’t working. Our editor was suddenly unreachable (after saying we should contact her if we needed any...

help). I had a deadline and I was stuck. Looking for additional contact information in Plaxo, I saw she was tweeting from a cab, commenting on the messenger’s bike beside her. Whua? Did she not realize people could see her goofing off? Quickly enough, she answered my question and I was on my way. I wondered what could be... [read more]

Twitterprise: Bringing Whole Selves to Work

Are Employees Twittering Away Productivity?

As the enterprise microsharing market (aka “Twitter inside Business”) grows, I hear from skeptical leaders befuddled by this trend, wanting to be reassured their people aren’t simply wasting time. Here are specific questions I’ve received and how I respond to each. Question: How can all of this yammering be good for...

business and my bottom line? Answer: In tough economical times, business managers seem to become critical of every activity even those generating the energy required for success. Break down the hype you have about what fosters your competitive advantage and you may come to realize your only lasting competitive advantage is the ability to learn and apply the right... [read more]

Are Employees Twittering Away Productivity?

HR Tech Conference Recap: Evolution of a Social Industry

“I was expecting people to be dragging large sacks of rocks behind them,” said Ben Brooks, VP and Practice Leader of Human Capital Management (HCM) at a giant risk-management firm. “But it wasn’t like that at all. Speakers were forward thinking yet practical, and people at the event were talking about...

real business challenges in the context of the huge potential of social software.” When sharing his impressions of last week’s human resources geek-fest, the HR Technology Conference, put on by Bill Kutik and HR Executive Magazine, Ben voiced what many people not at the event probably feared too. Human resource management, in general, not just those who focus on... [read more]

Enterprise Microlearning

If you can’t fathom how Twitter can help your company, read on. When a student opened fire on the Virginia Tech campus in 2007, the school had no systematic way to alert those in harm’s way. In the days that followed, organizations nationwide began asking, “Does my organization have the ability,...

in a few minutes, in the event of a crisis, to notify everyone involved?” What if fire, an earthquake, an explosion, or a hurricane rendered our email and phone systems useless? How would people receive information critical to their lives? Today organizations are considering how to systematically use micromessaging, an emerging communications channel, made possible by Twitter and tools... [read more]

Enterprise Microlearning

Where to Begin

One type of work I do with organizations on their road to more collaborative and social relationship-oriented cultures is to surface their organizing principles. These are the core beliefs, assumptions, and values that guides their behaviors and decisions. These are the bedrock rules that keep them on course. While a few...

organizations have thought about their principles before we begin this work together, most have never considered what’s behind or underneath their policies and practices. To help guide them beyond their current thinking, I take them (at least for a few minutes), outside their walls to the natural world to some of the organizing principles of the most enduring ecosystems:... [read more]

Where to Begin

August 2 Marks Pivotal Anniversary

Trust your heart, and trust your story. (Neil Gaiman, Instructions, Harper 2010) The day I came home from camp, August 2nd, the summer between 3rd and 4th grades, my 5-year-old brother swam the length of our neighbor­hood swimming pool, climbed into my mother’s arms, and died. This sudden and unexpected tragic...

event changed all of our lives forever. He died of a rare heart disease no one knew he had before. That fall, my 4th-grade teacher, sensing my impatience with school­work, suggested that I learn to think like a teacher instead of a student. Before she taught each lesson, she showed me the techniques and strate­gies she would use with... [read more]

August 2 Marks Pivotal Anniversary

What does collaboration mean to you?

Buzzword bingo has a new term: Collaboration. For some it means adding your two cents to a meeting agenda. For other it means providing a foothold and working together to climb high and see wide. If we are to collaborate with one another we ought to find–create–some common language and bases...

from which to build. Tell me what you think. What you’ve experienced. How you see it work.   Push beyond the cliches and share in the comments here or on Twitter what you think so we can grow something more. So far I’ve heard from a simple tweet I sent: “1st, listening.” “We work together and come up with... [read more]

What does collaboration mean to you?

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