Marcia Conner

Category 'culture'

Genius Jumpstart

Interested in a little creative jumpstart? This video provides the extraordinary history of British science, with commentary from Britain’s greatest living scientists: Stephen Hawking, Richard Dawkins and James Dyson. Britain may only be a small island, but people there are far from small-minded. Over the last 500 years, the way they live has been...

steadily transformed by the inventions of British scientists, and their landmark discoveries have revealed the astonishing beauty of the universe. Inspiring for people all over the world.

Mutual Adjustments as Sharing Arrangements

Harlan Cleveland (1918-2008) had more insight decades ago into how to work in the distributed social world than most leaders have today. In this early draft of a chapter we wrote together for Creating a Learning Culture (Cambridge, 2004), he answered a key question. If all organizations are—slowly or rapidly—becoming systems, how will...

Harlan Cleveland (1918-2008) had more insight decades ago into how to work in the distributed social world than most leaders have today. In this early draft of a chapter we wrote together for Creating a Learning Culture (Cambridge, 2004), he answered a key question. If all organizations are—slowly or rapidly—becoming [uncentralized] systems, how will anything get done? How will we get everybody in on the act and still get some action? We will do it, I think, by minimizing, and clearly defining, what everybody must agree on—common norms and standards—and in all other matters maximizing each participant’s opportunity and incentive to use his or her common sense, imagination, and persuasive... [read more]

Mutual Adjustments as Sharing Arrangements

Meet A. Human Asset

I have a dirty little secret I need to share. I wasn’t always a Human Asset. I didn’t always think about my hiring bonus, my yearly bonus, my variable pay, my stock options, my gym membership, my personal concierge, my ergonomic workstation, my free soda and coffee, my weekly chair back massage, my flextime,...

my work-at-home time, my Facebook page, my birthday as a holiday, or the days I could bring my daughter, my son or my dog to work. Truth be told, I was a liability. It feels so much better to finally come out of the old mailroom. Here’s the story. I worked my way through college, not... [read more]

Meet A. Human Asset

The Next New Thing

Today I take off on an exciting journey, to join the thought leaders and star analysts at Altimeter Group, as a partner focused on enterprise 2.0, collaborative culture, and how organizations can learn nonstop. As writing my third book, The New Social Learning, drew to a close this spring, I knew it was time...

to consider what was next. The opportunity to work with Laura Fitton at Pistachio Consulting this past year has been a pure joy yet as oneforty consumed her time, I craved a vibrant community to spark new thinking and up my game. Over the last month, Charlene, Ray, Jeremiah, Deb, Lora, Michael and Alan have asked... [read more]

Create a Learning Culture

Companies that value learning outperform those that don’t. A study by independent research firm McBassi & Company shows that it pays to invest in people-focused practices including building learning capacity, knowledge accessibility, and professional development. Institutions that demonstrate the greatest commitment to their human capital seem to enjoy the greatest financial rewards. Begin by...

asking yourself, “How can I dramatically increase my organization’s ability to learn?” Don’t discharge your duty to the training department or the people in HR. An organization’s culture stands between your intentions and the organization’s results. Education is as much your responsibility as anyone else’s. Your orientation to learning sets the context for how those around... [read more]

Create a Learning Culture

A Seeing/Believing Gap

What you see may be only a fraction of what’s there. To learn more, look beyond what you expect.

A Seeing/Believing Gap

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