Marcia Conner

Category 'wellbeing'

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

Learn by Doing: Get Faster Every Lap

Automobile racing draws more spectators than any other sport. It’s not because of the danger, although the prospect of a crash certainly holds the crowd’s interest. What brings people out, time and again, is the simple demonstration that “he who learns fastest wins, but winning once does not guarantee winning again.” The spectators as...

well as the drivers understand that principle intellectually, emotionally, and viscerally. Although most spectators do not apply that rule in their own lives after they leave the track, the winners do, 24 hours a day, until the next race. They exemplify the difference between learning by watching, learning by miming, and learning by doing.

Learn by Doing: Get Faster Every Lap

At The Water Cooler of Learning

We have become obsessed with formal learning in the workplace. In our zeal to learn, we have transferred the formal model of learning into the collective mind of our corporations. Even e-learning is simply less-expensive formal learning at a distance. Our obsession began when we decided we were in the knowledge economy. We concluded...

that human assets are the most important element of our collective P&L. The only way to attract, improve, and retain those assets is to offer learning. Learning makes brains physically bigger. Learning also makes them smarter. Smarter translates into faster, newer, better, and more competitive. And the competitive advantage of smarter in a Darwinian business ecosystem... [read more]

At The Water Cooler of Learning

Get Some Perspective

Periodically I see something on a social network site that’s so compelling I want to share it with everyone — and hope everyone I share it with actually reads it. That seems unlikely but still worth every bit of effort. Today I stumbled across one of these sorts of gems. It’s a simple image...

that was shared in my Facebook stream, which I re-shared, and was then commented on wildly from my circle of friends. Clearly it’s based on a simple concept taught by the Dalai Lama XIV. “If you have fear of some pain or suffering, you should examine whether there is anything you can do about it. If... [read more]

HR Tech Conference Recap: Evolution of a Social Industry

“I was expecting people to be dragging large sacks of rocks behind them,” said Ben Brooks, VP and Practice Leader of Human Capital Management (HCM) at a giant risk-management firm. “But it wasn’t like that at all. Speakers were forward thinking yet practical, and people at the event were talking about real business challenges...

in the context of the huge potential of social software.” When sharing his impressions of last week’s human resources geek-fest, the HR Technology Conference, put on by Bill Kutik and HR Executive Magazine, Ben voiced what many people not at the event probably feared too. Human resource management, in general, not just those who focus on... [read more]

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