Marcia Conner

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What is Social Learning?

I’m in a session on social learning at #hrtechconf, lead by Jeanne Meister author of The 2020 Workplace. The audience is wrestling with what is social learning. As someone who has spent a little time focused on this recently, here’s how I define it. The text version: Social media is technology used to engage...

three or more people. Social learning is participating with others to make sense of new ideas. What’s new is how powerfully they work together. That work for you? If this helps you, you might want to add this slide to your presentations when you want to explain social learning to others. Learn with them, after all... [read more].

What is Social Learning?

The New Social Learning is Born

Today is the official release for The New Social Learning and I want to take this opportunity to tell you a little about the book and also reflect on what I’ve learned since we signed off on the final draft in June. The comparison between birthing a book and birthing a baby wasn’t obvious...

the last time I published because my last two books came out a few months before my son. The similarities are that a book grows with you, fills you, leaves you feeling nauseated at times, and makes you very thankful for your partner and supporting team. The difference is that at the end of pregnancy you... [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

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

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]

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