Marcia Conner

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Resolution: This Year Create a Stronger, Smarter Organization

With this new year, you may be looking frantically for a new way to improve your organization’s competitiveness, talent, staying power, and smarts. You’re not alone. When senior leaders of a giant materials manufacturer realized their people were not innovating as quickly as the market demanded–and slower than competitors–they assumed replacing several hundred people was a...

logical next step. They brought me in to reimagine their recruiting, talent management, and leadership development program. They anticipated needing dramatically different approaches than those they’d relied on for almost a century. Before we started, I spent time learning about their organizational culture, wanting to ensure new team members would be able to excel where the... [read more]

Resolution: This Year Create a Stronger, Smarter Organization

Not a bad year, just not great. Nice knowing you.

Last week imagine my surprise when a holiday card arrived from my friend Bill Owen, who passed away in early October. A bristly 80 year old, William Henry Owen IV engineered the world around him to infinity and beyond. As we all wonder (if only a little) whether the Mayans had this one right, predicting today will...

be our last, I’ve been thinking about Bill’s words and insights. For years WHO4, as he referred to himself, combed through the Financial Times pink pages, which were delivered to his Virginia door each morning before sunrise. With some regularity, an unadorned manilla envelope would then arrive in my mailbox, containing articles on topics perfectly timed to fill... [read more]

Not a bad year, just not great. Nice knowing you.

You Can Do Anything

“How many of you were told when you were young that you could grow up to be anything you set your mind on?” A professor-friend recently opened his graduate management course with this question. Fewer than half the people in the room raised a hand. I’ve begun asking this of everyone I meet, trying...

to get a sense if there’s a relationship between the mental paths paved during childhood and each person’s natural self-leadership to reach beyond obvious walls. Similar to the class numbers, about half the people I speak with shake their head in wonderment, citing examples of a parent who regularly alluded to or directly told them opportunities... [read more]

You Can Do Anything

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 on the road this September 11th

One summer day, when I was a kid, my childhood neighbor Tim ran through a plate glass door. He required thousands of stitches and lengthy recoup time. Though he mended, none of us was the same. The summers following his recovery were different from those before, now knowing firsthand one action can change existence. This was...

most noticeable in the middle of the road.  When running and playing on our small cul-de-sac, we looked up and around more than ever before. If we heard a car, even in the far off distance, we moved to the side. We readied ourselves for even the possibility of danger by getting out of the way. ... [read more]

Get on the road this September 11th

People Power

...This vantage point will guide my keynote at the 2012 HR Tech conference entitled, “How HR Can Drive the New Social Business.” This is a conference I’ve participated in for years because human resources stereotypes blow out quickly. People pump ideas, practices, and extraordinary energy. No single event I’ve attended has as much fuel.

People Power

10 Tests of Good Digital Citizenship

Entrepreneur Matt Ivester, in his book lol...OMG!, does a terrific job coaching students through the gray areas of communicating online. Instead of telling students what to do, or not to do, Ivester offers ten measures that may help them judge their actions and make decisions about their digital future on their own. This list...

Entrepreneur Matt Ivester, in his book lol... [read more]OMG!, does a terrific job coaching students through the gray areas of communicating online. Instead of telling students what to do, or not to do, Ivester offers ten measures that may help them judge their actions and make decisions about their digital future on their own. This list applies beautifully to people of all ages. See if you agree.

10 Tests of Good Digital Citizenship

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