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?
Come fly with me!
Fri, Oct 31st 2014 8:12a SocialBizUG This is just a quick, fun post for a Halloween Friday.
I’m going to Mars! Well, my name is, anyway. NASA is launching the flight test of the Orion spacecraft, and I have added my name to the list, and you can to. But you have to hurry! Deadline is midnight tonight (Oct.31, 2014, EST). I’m crazy about anything space, so when I read about this, I had to get on board.
You can add your name here. Come on and join me on a trip to Mars!
And here is my boardi [read] Keywords:
Social Business Unboxed (Ep6): IBM Study - Learning from Social Business Pioneers
Mon, Oct 27th 2014 6:12p SocialBizUG Social Business Unboxed
Stories of Insight & Success in Digital Engagement
In this episode of Social Business Unboxed, we talk with Alison Fetherstonhaugh, Associate Consultant, IBM Center for Applied Insights, and Cynthya Paranadam, Sr. Marketing Manager IBM Social Business, about the recent IBM Study on Social Business. The Study, "Charting the Social Universe: Social Ambitions Drive Business Impact," uncovers how organizations pioneering social business are succeeding. In this inter [read] Keywords: collaboration
The power of a social digital experience
Mon, Oct 27th 2014 10:15a SocialBizUG Albert Nichols (Product Manager for IBM Connections) and Jason Cornell (Senior Product Manager for IBM Digital Experience) present one the new features of IBM Connections and WebSphere Portal at the free November 5 Collaboration and Social Business Summit . Below is a tip from their presentation that covers the intersection of social technologies like Connections with digital experience tools like Portal. It also covers the first of three key initiatives IBM followed when releasing its new IBM D [read] Keywords: collaboration
Tips and tricks to give your Notes client a performance boost
Fri, Oct 24th 2014 1:12p SocialBizUG In their “Performance Boost for your IBM Lotus Notes Client” presentation, Francie Tanner and Florian Vogler from Panagenda start with a look at the history of Notes client installations – there have been a lot of changes that could make your Notes client pretty messy! They also go into a lot of detail about what slows your Notes start and performance as well as how to make it faster. They wrap up with their performance and tricks from client clocking and understan [read] Keywords: ibm
5 Questions with Brian O’Neill, our Member of the Month
Thu, Oct 16th 2014 12:12p SocialBizUG Please join me in this interview with Brian O’Neill, our SocialBizUG.org Member of the Month! Our interview covers a wide range of topics, from how he got started with Notes/Domimo/Connections, to his favorite book. One thing you won’t want to miss is when he talks about his upcoming meeting with his user group. It takes place in Sweden (man I wish I could go!) and sounds like it is going to be totally awesome. [read] Keywords: connections