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?
5 Questions with Peter Presnell, Member of the Month
Mon, Apr 14th 2014 12:12p SocialBizUG G’day mate! Watch this interview with Peter Presnell, our SocialBizUG.org Member of the Month to get some surprising insights into how to help your clients. I must confess that I ranged a little far afield here, and there are a few more questions than my promised five, but that is just because Peter was just so darned interesting to talk to!
And, if you know me at all, you know what my “most important question” of the interview is. But in this case, Peter r [read] Keywords:
Social Connections VI; Prague - June 16th & 17th 2014
Mon, Apr 14th 2014 9:11a SocialBizUG Social Connections, the global IBM Connections user group, is having it's next FREE event this summer! Social Connections VI will be held in Prague this time around after have hosted the first five events in London, Cardiff, Dublin, Amsterdam and Zurich. This will make six events in only 3 years for the user group and we are really looking forward to turning Prague into the center of the IBM Connections world on June 16th & 17th.
We are honored to have our keynotes delivered by L [read] Keywords: connections
Sandy Carter interviews Gary Spirer on social, mobile, analytics
Thu, Apr 10th 2014 2:11p SocialBizUG Following is a quick interview between Sandy Carter and Gary Spirer, CEO of Questionmine. Sandy and Gary talk about the intersection of mobile, social, and analytics. Gary gives advice on the importance of not only collecting data about who is engaged with your content but using it as insight to identify behaviors critical to the success of your business.
If you'd like to see more in-depth examples of what Gary is talking about, we recently had some folks from Questionmine give a webcast a [read] Keywords: connections
Q&A with Samuel Gee: Technology futures around service provisioning and specialization
Wed, Apr 9th 2014 3:15p SocialBizUG At last month’s CSC Event in London, Samuel Gee from Mintel was part of a really interesting session and discussion on technology futures. Samuel’s part of the presentation focused on the shift in tech from devices to features. Hardware now has to support a valuable service; services have to provide novel or valuable content. Otherwise, why would consumers buy them? He was kind enough to answer a few questions for me on the future of tech as well as the omnipresent trends of [read] Keywords: blackberry
Before this decade is out, we’re going to go to the moon!
Tue, Apr 8th 2014 1:11p SocialBizUG I just saw this tweet on our sister site, THE VIEW:
"50 years ago, #IBM created mainframe that helped send men to the moon via @arstechnica"
And oh my, the memories this brings back. If you have followed my blog at all, then it is no secret that I am into Star Trek big time. What you may not know is that I have also been into the space program since I was a child.
On September 12, 1962, President John F. Kennedy said, “We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to [read] Keywords: ibm
The April Fool’s Joke that Changed the World
Thu, Apr 3rd 2014 9:12a SocialBizUG We are all now focused on the cloud (or should be!), but I wonder if we forget the start. Back in 2004, there was this little tech company called Google, and they were already known for pulling April Fool’s jokes. This time, they decided on a whopper.
We already had cloud email, sort of, with Yahoo and Hotmail, but these were clumsy and slow. It took what seemed like hours for a page to load, and you had to continually delete your emails or buy more storage, because what they g [read] Keywords: ibm
Tip from IBM Connect 2014: The Business Value of Analytics for a Smarter Workforce
Wed, Apr 2nd 2014 12:12p SocialBizUG For this week’s tip, I thought I’d pull some info from the intersection of two huge trends in the tech world: social business and big data. The slides below are from SWF304: The Business Value of Analytics for a Smarter Workforce. In this session, speakers Marie Wallace and Ido Guy from IBM cover scenarios where social analytics can improve the way you to business.
In this tip, Marie and Ido provide a foundation for social business analytics, explaining what it is, why it&a [read] Keywords: ibm
Two great Community Events: Engage 2014 and BCCON DE 2014
Tue, Apr 1st 2014 2:12p SocialBizUG Two weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend two great Community events, Engage 2014 in Breda, NL on 3/17 and 3/18 as well as BCCON DE in Hamburg, DE on 3/19. The events perfectly lined up from a timing point of view and for me also from a location point of view since I could visit friends in Zeeland, NL before Engage and could then after BCCON spend some time in Hamburg, which is the second home of my family in Germany.
This was my first time at Engage or BLUG, and many of my IBM Champions [read] Keywords: ibm