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?
Paging Dr. Moe, Dr. Larry, Dr. Curly. . . Dr. Watson
Thu, Aug 28th 2014 9:12a SocialBizUG I just read this great article on Information Week about some really exciting news about Watson. Sometime back, IBM moved Watson to the cloud and starting opening it up to developers and researchers. We all have heard about Watson winning on Jeopardy and I have written before on some of the exciting uses that Watson may soon make possible, but this is something else.
The Baylor College of Medicine and Watson Discovery Advisor teamed up to help find a cure for cancer. This is something th [read] Keywords: ibm
Show me hide me
Tue, Aug 26th 2014 9:12a SocialBizUG I’m sure that I’ve mentioned this before, but I am self-taught in Domino development. This is often a great advantage to me as I don’t always try to solve a problem in the most elegant way…..I just try to solve the problem. Whereas it has been my experience that some people that are formally trained in programming will often overlook the simple solution because it is “just too simple.” I don’t have that constraint. Nothin [read] Keywords: connections
Interview with Marc Pagnier: New audio-video call features in IBM SmartCloud for Social Business
Mon, Aug 25th 2014 10:12a SocialBizUG I recently talked to Marc Pagnier about the new 1:1 audio-video call features for IBM SmartCloud for Social Business (or as Marc calls it: Sametime in the cloud). We had our chat using the very functionality we were discussing, so if you watch the video, you can see the video quality. On the call we discuss:
The new audio-video features in the August 2014 enhancements to IBM SmartCloud for Social Business
Why users would need video calls instead of traditional audio-only calls or text-b [read] Keywords: ibm
Welcome a new user group to the community: Charlotte Social Business User Group!
Thu, Aug 21st 2014 8:16a SocialBizUG I’m happy to announce a new user group in the ICS Community: Charlotte Social Business User Group. The group is design to support social business professionals in the Charlotte, NC area. Their community page on SocialBizUG.org is set up to be a discussion area where users can share ideas, ask questions, and share success stories.
The user group plans to meet on the second Wednesday of the second month in each quarter. Their inaugural meeting was August 13, and they are currently soli [read] Keywords: community
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