Marcia Conner

Mutual Adjustments as Sharing Arrangements

July 12, 2010

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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 [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…


More or Less

July 8, 2010

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More or Less

Day after day, year after year, I’ve strived to always do more. In school when I was assigned a paper on an “ism” I wrote it on “Moreism.” My first book was titled, Learn More Now. I’ve not aspired for more goods, rather more experiences. As to why, I have more theories than time. My life was complicated by running forward without recognizing I’d tangled my path. When starting something new I rarely asked myself, “What will I take off of my schedule?” I’d never aggregated my actions: looking at all I was doing, observing my patterns, let alone considering my bounds. Then something changed. No single event gets credit,…


Pesto Chango

July 7, 2010

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Pesto Chango

Think Enterprise 2.0 is worlds away from a good pesto. Think again.


Meet A. Human Asset

June 11, 2010

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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…


What does collaboration mean to you?

June 10, 2010

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What does collaboration mean to you?

Buzzword bingo has a new term: Collaboration. For some it means adding your two cents to a meeting agenda. For other it means providing a foothold and working together to climb high and see wide. If we are to collaborate with one another we ought to find–create–some common language and bases from which to build. Tell me what you think. What you’ve experienced. How you see it work.   Push beyond the cliches and share in the comments here or on Twitter what you think so we can grow something more. So far I’ve heard from a simple tweet I sent: “1st, listening.” “We work together and come up with…


What’s the world need?

June 10, 2010

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What’s the world need?

On the end of my first day with the Altimeter Group team I heard what feels like the perfect quotation to express how I feel: alive. Don’t ask what the world needs.  Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it.  Because what the world needs is people who have come alive. — Howard Thurman, Dean of Theology and the chapels at Howard and Boston universities for more than two decades, wrote 20 books, and in 1944 helped found the first racially integrated, multicultural church in the United States.   [photo credit: Swing High, Thomas Hawk]


The Next New Thing

June 9, 2010

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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…


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