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

Social Business by the Numbers

Seeking the source of a specific statistic that I included in a talk? In followup to my list of websites with data relevant to social business, many people have asked for pointers to interesting data about social media, social business, and engagement. While it’s easy to think of social business as social media-like tools for use...

inside of a company, I mean it to imply the larger opportunity to connect people, information, and actionable insights. That can begin within a company, and often stretches outside any one organization’s walls to connect with the people the business serves. My aim will be to update this list as I discover more numbers that make... [read more]

Social Business by the Numbers

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?

Baseball, Big Data, And Learnings From Advanced Analytics

Analyzing the massive explosion of baseball information capitalizes on a growing trend toward "big data," the tools and processes to harness insights found in gigantic data sets. A project to uncover Twitter sentiment around the 2011 post-season play provided an example of how the sheer amount of information need not outstrip our capacity to...

manage or access it in useful ways.

Baseball, Big Data, And Learnings From Advanced Analytics

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

The Rise of Social Everything

Within five years, I predict, the word social will seem as cliché as synergy feels now. Social connection will be like a dial tone, something we once expected to hear and now don’t bother listening for as we dial. What it represents is just there. Between now and then, though, we have some growing...

up to do. We must get comfortable in our social shoes. Overcome personal and professional discomfort with relying on relationships to get work done. And do that publicly, as an intentional mindful function rather than something we’ve always done without notice or acknowledgment. It’s not as though relying on relationships is new. People have worked together,... [read more]

The Rise of Social Everything

Make the case for social business

I speak with many organizations about the benefits of social business in the workplace. My talks are sprinkled with statistics about our changing world. There are far more interesting numbers and resources than I could ever reference so I’m creating this post (which will get revised over time) to point...

[Updated January 27, 2014] you to their sources. Consider this not a complete list, rather a place to start. Research and Analysis sites Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization, provides free data and analysis on the social impact of the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. Trendspotting focuses on... [read more]

Make the case for social business

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