Marcia Conner

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Learn by Doing: Get Faster Every Lap

Automobile racing draws more spectators than any other sport. It’s not because of the danger, although the prospect of a crash certainly holds the crowd’s interest. What brings people out, time and again, is the simple demonstration that “he who learns fastest wins, but winning once does not guarantee winning again.” The spectators as...

well as the drivers understand that principle intellectually, emotionally, and viscerally. Although most spectators do not apply that rule in their own lives after they leave the track, the winners do, 24 hours a day, until the next race. They exemplify the difference between learning by watching, learning by miming, and learning by doing.

Learn by Doing: Get Faster Every Lap

At The Water Cooler of Learning

We have become obsessed with formal learning in the workplace. In our zeal to learn, we have transferred the formal model of learning into the collective mind of our corporations. Even e-learning is simply less-expensive formal learning at a distance. Our obsession began when we decided we were in the knowledge economy. We concluded...

that human assets are the most important element of our collective P&L. The only way to attract, improve, and retain those assets is to offer learning. Learning makes brains physically bigger. Learning also makes them smarter. Smarter translates into faster, newer, better, and more competitive. And the competitive advantage of smarter in a Darwinian business ecosystem... [read more]

At The Water Cooler of Learning

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Where Social Learning Thrives

To benefit from social learning, build a culture that makes learning fun, productive and commonplace, a culture where learning is part of everyday work. Marcia Conner and Steve LeBlanc look at where social learning thrives.

Where Social Learning Thrives

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

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]

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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