Marcia Conner

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Kindle Highlights Social Learning

When you look at the kindle edition of books on Amazon.com, you can now see what other people have highlighted in their editions of the ebook. This means you have a fabulous way to share what you're learning and a socially-generated way to learn from others. It's sort of like Cliff-notes for the digital...

era. While I've struggled with becoming an online book reader, this feature shows me possibilities that truly advance publishing into a more collaborative age. Rather than just look through ratings from other readers, I'm going to scan through the points that leaped out and resonated with previous readers.

Kindle Highlights Social Learning

Social Media Demographics: Who Uses Which Sites?

Numerous social media sites have witnessed explosive growth of their user bases in the last several years, but it’s a known fact that the type of user a site attracts varies greatly. Have you ever wondered which sites attract the most educated of social media users, or those that pull in the highest income?...

This graph shows the demographics of the world’s most popular social media sites. From www.flowtown.com

Get Smarter Than Smart

A CEO just asked me how to get his people under control. He believes he’s doing everything right so it must be his people who are all wrong. He reminds me of the teacher who prepares all summer and then come fall the wrong students arrive. Even those smart enough to rise to positions...

of influence sometimes think the forces of good are only available from order (control) and the forces of evil are epitomized by chaos (kaos). I’m no Agent 99, but when anyone tells me they will get through a possible recession or the school year by clamping down on employees, students, customers, markets, or even time, I... [read more]

Get Smarter Than Smart

Social Media for Training

Sometimes people read The New Social Learning in the hope it will be written expressly for trainers in corporate training departments. They learn quickly that it was written for leaders in every sort of department determined to help themselves and their people learn more from everything, not only training… from work and the interactions...

that make up the moments between the work. If you seek specific resources and ideas for the training department, I encourage you to check out a different book: Social Media for Trainers by Jane Bozarth (Wiley, 2010). To get a taste, the first chapter is available for download on Amazon, and an excerpt is available from... [read more]

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

Are Employees Twittering Away Productivity?

As the enterprise microsharing market (aka “Twitter inside Business”) grows, I hear from skeptical leaders befuddled by this trend, wanting to be reassured their people aren’t simply wasting time. Here are specific questions I’ve received and how I respond to each. Question: How can all of this yammering be good for business and my...

bottom line? Answer: In tough economical times, business managers seem to become critical of every activity even those generating the energy required for success. Break down the hype you have about what fosters your competitive advantage and you may come to realize your only lasting competitive advantage is the ability to learn and apply the right... [read more]

Are Employees Twittering Away Productivity?

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