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?
Tue, Aug 19th 2014 9:17a SocialBizUG Some people think of IBM as stodgy and I get that. After all, it has been around for a while. I mean, it was founded in 1911 for heaven’s sake! And of course, where IBM originally came to the fore was with their main frame computers, which were adopted by the stodgiest of all firms, banks and financial institutions. So yeah, I get why they have that rap.
But you know what? Some of the most innovative thinking is happing at IBM right now. Currently, they are working on a new [read] Keywords: ibm
Who are you? Who! Who!
Fri, Aug 15th 2014 2:12p SocialBizUG That is what “The Who” asked back in 1978. And when the song was written, as they say in the lyrics, “I really want to know.” But that has changed a bit. Not the song, just the question.
In today’s cloud based world, as more and more employees’ access applications and services in the cloud, we need a way to protect and manage users’ identities. Once again, IBM steps up to the plate. IBM recently purchased Lighthouse [read] Keywords: ibm
Best practices for building a Mobile Device Management (MDM) strategy
Fri, Aug 15th 2014 9:16a SocialBizUG During the mobile keynote at Impact 2014 this year, Ed Brill noted that less than half of all companies have a mobile strategy but that 73% of the companies who have a mobile strategy realized ROI on their investments. Bottom line: you need a mobile strategy.
Below is a slide deck with some helpful advice to get started with an MDM strategy. The presentation was given by Benjamin Gray from Forrester Research and Jim Szafranski from Fiberlink (a company acquired by IBM in November 2013).
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Tip from IBM Connect 2014: XPages Accessibility
Thu, Aug 7th 2014 9:12a SocialBizUG Following is a quick tip from the AD208 : End-to-End Quality Processes for Top Notch XPages Apps session from IBM Connect 2014. The tip specifically covers XPages accessibility for the latest WCAG 2.0 and Section 508 standards, including why you should care about it, tools to get started, and guidelines and best practices.
You can download the full session in our IBM Connect 2014 community (totally free, you just need to be logged in to your SocialBiz account). In the remainder of the session, [read] Keywords: ibm
Resources for social businesses to engage and retain their customers
Mon, Aug 4th 2014 3:13p SocialBizUG In July’s ICS Community webcast with Luis Suarez, we learned all about how to improve social business adoption. While Luis was talking more about internal employee engagement with their company’s social business solutions, we can blow up his lessons to apply to external companies and their customers too.
For example, is it easy to do business with your company? A truly social business should be able to affirm that they can meet their customers’ demand for an ultr [read] Keywords: ibm