Marcia Conner

Category 'productivity'

Great people do things before they’re ready.

As I work on finishing up a book chapter about taking action and a report about using your brain at work, I found this fantastic quote from Amy Poehler. Perhaps not a new year’s resolution as much as a solid kick in the ass to move along NOW. In short: Step into life. Go....

This is from Amy’s Smart Girls “Ask Amy” series in a response to a question from teenage Mae about staying courageous. For those of you who want the words to requote and with a bit more at the end than was in the image: Great people do things before they’re ready. They do things before they... [read more]

Great people do things before they’re ready.

Pop Music Good for Studies

Are you listening to music while you read this? The new app, Coffitivity, reminded me how much I prefer music to coffee shop chatter and airport terminal clatter (although I admit to having creative bursts with both in the background). That’s why I was delighted to find this short passage. What do you listen...

to when you study or work? Studying to loud pop music may help children in school. At least that’s what British researchers found when they divided 11,000 children into three groups to listen to a pop radio station, classical music, and a discussion program. On IQ tests, the kids listening to Top 40 music came out... [read more]

Pop Music Good for Studies

Tools I Use

Yesterday I participated in two fabulous webinars, each with a different focus, yet both with social learning themes. During each I was asked about some of the tools I use personally to get the most from social media–and ultimately learn as much as I can. Because the names flew by fast, here’s a recap...

of the tools that I use personally and some additions I didn’t have a chance to mention. [I've made bold links to the primary social tools that I use. The other links are either not quite as popular or they are tools supporting those main ones.] Twitter - A commercially available microsharing tool full of short bursts of information... [read more]

Tools I Use

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

The Year In The Rear

Reflection isn’t just what you see in the mirror. Consider it a light that can guide what’s in front of you and a way to more carefully examine what’s behind. In that reflection you can revisit what’s happened and ready yourself for what’s next. For me, 2012 was full of the unexpected. Time after...

time I was reminded of the saying, “If you want to make God laugh, tell her your plans.” Today I’m reflecting so that even if 2013 takes me on another grand prix, evidence shows I’m ready for the race. Let me share with you a bit about how the year started and what I did instead along... [read more]

The Year In The Rear

Latest in Learning Fast: edu-Twittering

Imagine the potential for discovery if the people who you follow through Twitter or any social-network status updates rounded out their contributions with something educational. Learning would zing wild and flow free.

Latest in Learning Fast: edu-Twittering

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