This year at Connect, we'll be able to go sessions at the Kenexa World Conference sessions; they'll be assembled together to form the Smarter Workforce workstream. I was curious about Kenexa and what it has to offer when I came across this article: How Women Can Succeed at Office Politics; it echoes a lot of what I learned at the Nerd Girls sessions at Lotusphere/Connect in years past, and I thought I'd pass it along. It's a quick read but has some great advice.
Written by Ines Wichert, Ph.D., Senior Psychologist at Kenexa, it talks about how office politics, while often perceived as self-promotional and to the detriment of others' goals, are also seen as a valid way to quickly move up the corporate ladder. Women can often be turned off by the perceived pejorative nature of office politics, and Dr. Wichert offers the following advice for success:
Change the terminology. "Phrases such as 'sharing success' and 'building effective relationships' can convey a different impression, but retain the same end result."
Work on your political moves. "When women are shown that a behavior [such as negotiation] is acceptable and important, and once they have learned how to master it, they tend to adopt the behavior much more readily." And, in turn, they're better at it.
Focus on success. "It's not about bragging. It's about helping your very busy boss understand what you have delivered."
Get a mentor. "The really effective mentors share information about unwritten organization rules and provide access to powerful networks."
Build your network. "Find ways of building one-to-one relationships with people who are important to your career and keep them up-to-date on your progress."
I'm interested to know what political moves you (male or female) have found successful in the office. What advice do you have for someone out there (male or female) battling to get noticed at work?
IBM combines Innovate, Impact, and Pulse into a mega event
Fri, Jul 18th 2014 11:16a SocialBizUG As Stuart McIntyre noted earlier this week, IBM has combined its Innovate, Impact, and Pulse events into one large event with 20,000 attendees called InterConnect. The conference will take place February 22-26 at the MGM Grand and Mandalay Bay hotels. (That would make the walk from the Yacht & Beach to the Dolphin seem short in comparison!) This means that there will now be a one-stop-shop for education on Tivoli, Rational, and WebSphere.
What does this mean for Connect 2015, if anything? [read] Keywords: ibm
In the Spotlight...David Wilkerson
Fri, Jul 11th 2014 7:12a SocialBizUG David Wilkerson, Chief Technology Officer for Davalen, LLC, provides solution architecture, design and engineering support for IBM technologies including web content management, portals and portlets, e-forms, enterprise messaging and social collaboration.
As an IBM Certified Professional David has demonstrated mastery of numerous IBM technologies. As a coach, mentor and instructor David has assisted many companies in their efforts to embrace new technologies and achieve success in their im [read] Keywords: collaboration
IBM invests $3 billion to develop chips to better meet cloud and big data demands
Thu, Jul 10th 2014 1:12p SocialBizUG IBM announced today that they’re investing $3 billion over the next 5 years into two development programs to “push the limits of chip technology needed to meet the emerging demands of cloud computing and Big Data systems.” The twin trends of cloud and big data require more data to be moved at a faster rate than ever before, and IBM feels the current chips available won't be able to meet the demand.
The first of the two programs IBM is investing in is focused [read] Keywords: ibm
A seamless and secure user experience with SSO, SAML, and SPNEGO
Wed, Jul 9th 2014 3:12p SocialBizUG I was excited to find Gabriella Davis' and Chris Miller's "Simplifying The S's: Single Sign-On, SPNEGO and SAML" presentation from Connect on SlideShare because it covers some really excellent ground and it's one that's missing from our own collection of Connect presentations. The slides talk about how to give a fluid experience to your users across various systems; part of that delicate balance deals with the security of allowing the right people the right access without [read] Keywords: domino
Let’s go surfin’ now, everybody’s learnin’ how. . .
Wed, Jul 9th 2014 9:12a SocialBizUG Nobody surfs anymore.
Oh, I’m not talking about jumping on a board and riding a wave. I’m talking about surfing the web. And we don’t do that anymore, and I think we have lost something because of it. Let me explain.
Back in 1984, I bought my first computer, a Commodore 64. I was living in a small town in Maine at the time, and got my first loan from a bank to buy it. I’m pretty sure I was the only person in town with a computer. I miss m [read] Keywords: