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?
Site down time this weekend
Fri, Dec 19th 2014 1:11p SocialBizUG The SocialBiz User Group site will be down this weekend starting at 5 pm ET today for some testing. It will be back up no later than 9 am Monday, December 22. [read] Keywords:
Create your ConnectED 2015 schedule with the Session Preview Tool
Thu, Dec 11th 2014 4:12p SocialBizUG IBM's Session Preview Tool is up for ConnectED 2015, so you can start to build your conference schedule. The tool works the same as it has in previous years: search for sessions, add them to your schedule, and email or print your schedule out.
Here's a quick walkthrough in case you're new to it...
This is what the Session Preview Tool looks like:
You have a few options to choose from to browse the available ConnectED sessions:
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Behind the scenes: The Class of 2015 IBM Champions for ICS
Wed, Dec 3rd 2014 12:12p SocialBizUG This morning we announced the Class of 2015 IBM Champions for ICS.
Posting the blog and sending out notifications was the culmination of a process that started 3 months ago when we opened the nominations. Those 3 months have been a very exciting, educational and emotional period for me.
It started with pulling together the Selection Committee that would meet several times week once nomination was closed. The Committee this year consisted of more than 20 IBMers from all geographies and busine [read] Keywords: collaboration
Interview with Debbie Landers and Jackie Ryan, Part 2: How analytics fit in with creating a social workforce
Wed, Dec 3rd 2014 11:16a SocialBizUG Here's the second half of my recent interview with Jackie Ryan and Debbie Landers from the Kenexa/Smarter Workforce team at IBM. In the first half of the conversation, we talked about what analytics are used for in HR and how HR can get the most out of the data they collect (check out the audio and transcript).
In this part of the discussion we talk about:
How analytics fits in with creating a social workforce
Are analytics dehumanizing the workforce?
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