What’s The Buzz for September 2012

Here’s a quick snapshot of what YOU have been talking about for the month of September 2012. Top five discussions/posts on LinkedIn, Facebook, our blog, and Twitter

Greater IBM on LinkedInLINKEDIN DISCUSSION NUMBER OF COMMENTS/ LIKES
What’s the most interesting thing you do in your non-work life? 45
Remote Workers More Engaged? – Believe It, Or Not? 27
Study:  IBM Telecommuters can handle 19 more hours of work 22
Your Professional Network – Does It Include Former Colleagues Beyond IBM? 14
Does anyone know how to get a certification card to prove that one is an IBM Retiree? 11
Greater IBM on FacebookFACEBOOK POSTS NUMBER OF COMMENTS/ LIKES/ SHARES
10 signs you’re being a jerk on social media – don’t let this happen to you! http://bit.ly/TJlX6f (with photo) 246
The most powerful woman in business, Big Blue’s own Ginni Rometty. http://management.fortune.cnn.com/2012/09/20/powerful-women-rometty-ibm/?iid=SF_F_River #IBM #Greater_IBM 101
The spectacular, mindblowing, very first single molecule image, brought to you by #IBMResearch. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-19584301 88
Big news from Mexico: #IBM opens major new data center in Guadalajara City. Get all the details at our new blog: http://bit.ly/PJ7Uqr #IBMalumni 83
“Your inbox is a perfect delivery mechanism for other people’s priorities. Work from your own list.”@chrisbrogan (with photo) 73
BLOG POSTS NUMBER OF COMMENTS/ LIKES/ SHARES
Coffee Nation: How Caffeine Affects Your Creativity 87
IBM Opening Smarter Data Center in Guadalajara City, Mexico 49
Navigating LinkedIn Profiles – 10 Steps to Finding the Best Hires 45
Interview Body Language Mistakes that Can Cost You the Job 32
What social network do you use the most? (poll) 21, 144 votes
TWEETS NUMBER OF RETWEETS
“Your inbox is a perfect delivery mechanism for other people’s priorities. Work from your own list.” @chrisbrogan 7
IBM’s new chairman of the board: CEO Ginni Rometty. Her new role begins Oct. 1 (art photo) 7
Polycom teams up with #IBMResearch on real-time video capabilities in the #cloud wp.me/p2kcos-kn 5
10 Habits of Remarkably Charismatic People inc.com/jeff-haden/10-… via @Inc 5
1-’I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.’ – Michael Jordan #greater_ibm, 2-IBM’s Mira supercomputer – the world’s 3rd fastest – aims to create a universe in two weeks, 3-The powers that be…look where @VanityFair magazine ranks #IBM CEO Ginni Rometty. vnty.fr/TsyVlE 4 each

–Posted by Julie Yamamoto, Program Manager, The Greater IBM Connection

Around the World with The Greater IBM Connection

In this issue:

  • IBM Champion Program – Nominations Close Oct. 15
  • The Center for CIO Leadership: Meet Chief Technologist Dr. Manish Gupta
  • New LinkedIn Subgroup Launched: Greater China

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IBM Champion Program – Nominations Close Oct. 15


If you’d like to be an IBM Champion or know someone you want to nominate, time is running out – you have until October 15 to nominate YOUR worthy candidate.

Here’s how it works: if you are an outstanding Lotus or WebSphere developer, or  an expert in System z or Power Systems, or if you blog, participate in online forums, etc., about these kinds of topics – in other words, if you’re an advocate of IBM’s capabilities – then you might make a great candidate to be an IBM Champion.

About the IBM Champion Program

Want to know more? Check out a Web lecture

Nomination form

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The Center for CIO Leadership: Meet Chief Technologist Dr. Manish Gupta

More than 400 CIOs and other company executives recently attended IBM’s Smarter Cities event in the Capital Region of India. The CIOs worked with city planners on ways to apply technology to solve some of the worst problems in the world’s population centers.

Dr. Manish Gupta

Dr. Gupta, IBM India

To mark the event, IBM’s Center for CIO Leadership interviewed Dr. Manish Gupta, IBM’s Chief Technologist for India and Asia and Director of the research laboratory developing new technology for governments and companies around the globe.

Read the interview

Smarter Cities

Smarter Planet Blog

People for a Smarter Planet on Facebook

Smarter Planet on Twitter

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New LinkedIn Subgroup Launched: Greater China

The Greater IBM Connection and IBM Greater China team are pleased to announce the launch of the Greater China LinkedIn subgroup of our community.

Internet users in China are unable to access many of the popular social networks in use today, including Facebook, Twitter, many blogs, YouTube, etc.  The new subgroup enables our community of fellow Greater IBMers to interact and network with the community in China. It also provides a place for users in China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong to communicate in Chinese.

To join this subgroup, you must must first join the global Greater IBM Connection group on LinkedIn. Please make sure to provide accurate information about your IBM employment on your profile in English, so that your membership can be approved for both communities.

Read more about the new subgroup

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Announcing IBM Alumni Greater China Subgroup

The Greater IBM Connection and IBM Greater China team is pleased to announce the launch of the Greater China LinkedIn subgroup for our community.  As you may know, China is not able to access many of the popular social networks today (Facebook, Twitter, blogs, YouTube, etc.).  So we have launched this subgroup to establish a way that our community of fellow Greater IBMers could interact and network with the community in China, as well as provide a place where those countries (China, Taiwan, Hong Kong) could communicate in the Chinese language as well.

We have partnered with an IBM communications team in China to launch the LinkedIn subgroup, and the country leader is JinHua Qi.

To join the Greater China group sub-community:

  • You must first join the global Greater IBM Connection community here.
  • Then request to join the Greater China Alumni group here.
  • Note: You must provide accurate information about your IBM employment on your profile in English so that your membership can be approved for both groups.

感谢您有兴趣参加在LinkedIn上面的全球IBMer群“The Greater IBM Connection”的大中华区子群“Greater China”。为了成为该子群的一员,您需要首先加入全球IBMer群“ Greater IBM Connection”,地址为 – http://www.linkedin.com/groups/IBM-Official-Alumni-Group-Greater-1712(请务必以英文提供准确的个人雇员信息,以确保您的会员申请可以被两个群所通过)。

Thank you for your interest, and we look forward to you joining today!

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– Posted by Julie Yamamoto, Program Manager, The Greater IBM Connection

What’s The Buzz for August 2012

Here’s a quick snapshot of what YOU have been talking about for the month of August 2012.  Top five discussions/posts on LinkedIn, Facebook, and our blog

Greater IBM on LinkedInDISCUSSION NUMBER OF COMMENTS/ LIKES
Are You on Facebook?  Why Not? 34
Future of the light bulbs 33
I.B.M. Mainframe Evolves to Serve the Digital World 30
You reach 65, do you need to work, want to work or do you retire? 13
Baby Boomers – What is your Social Media Strategy? 11
Greater IBM on FacebookPOSTS NUMBER OF COMMENTS/ LIKES/ SHARES
“I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.”  Who said this in 1943? (+ historical computer photo) 344
One great photo from last year’s groundbreaking THINK Exhibit… 201
Greater IBMer Christie Hudson shares these original THINK pads belonging to her and to her grandparents (photo) 180
In the spotlight:  Forbes names IBM CEO among The World’s Most Powerful Women In Business 2012 (link) 178
IBM Memorabilia from Greater IBMers (photos) 92
BLOG POSTS NUMBER OF COMMENTS/ LIKES/ SHARES
Author Walter Hehl on The Ominous Acceleration of Knowledge 60
Poll Results Are In – Announcing the New Greater IBM Connection Blog 19
China and Brazil Alumni Research Project 6
Contemplating a Major Career Change?  4 Things to Consider 4
Africa:  The Next Frontier for IBM Research Innovation 3

–Posted by Julie Yamamoto, Program Manager, The Greater IBM Connection

What social network do you use the most?

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–Posted by Julie Yamamoto, Program Manager, The Greater IBM Connection

What’s The Buzz for July 2012

Here’s a quick snapshot of what YOU have been talking about for the month of July 2012.  Top five discussions on LinkedIn and Facebook.

Greater IBM on LinkedInDISCUSSION NUMBER OF COMMENTS/ LIKES
You’re Not on Facebook – 6 Things to Stop Doing on LinkedIn 37
Transition to Retirement – Retirement Really? You are really going to RETIRE? 26
Should the IBM approach be given a chance to fix the health care system? 21
The 25 Best Tech Companies to Work for in 2012 16
Are you creative? Check out this IBMer who is also a syndicated cartoonist 14
Greater IBM on FacebookDISCUSSION NUMBER OF COMMENTS/ LIKES/ SHARES
Got any conference calls today? (infographic) 1,203
Taken a beach vacation recently, #IBMalumni? (cartoon by IBMer) 308
THINK…Paul Rand’s popular Eye-Bee-M poster… 255
Greater IBM Connection added a new photo 233
The world’s #1 fastest supercomputer is Sequoia (infographic) 201

–Posted by Julie Yamamoto, Program Manager, The Greater IBM Connection

Africa: The Next Frontier for IBM Research Innovation

by Solomon Assefa, Research Scientist, IBM Research

The continent of Africa is emerging as one of the last great global growth markets and one of the fastest growing economies in the world, with a growth rate expected to average 7 percent annually over the next 20 years. Forecast this out and Africa will become a leading source of innovation and opportunity. As African countries prepare to advance their economic capabilities, IBM is committed to the region’s future with the opening of a new lab in Nairobi, Kenya.

IBM Research – Africa will be IBM’s 12th global laboratory and the first science and technology research lab on the continent conducting both applied and far-reaching exploratory research.

IBM has long had a foothold in Africa and its presence today spans 20 countries, including Egypt, South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya. IBM has also deployed several Corporate Service Corps groups, an employee volunteer program modeled after the U.S. Peace Corps, across Africa to make contributions to the communities in which it does business.

IBM’s new lab is a further nod and commitment to this important growth market. IBM has long recognized the possibilities that could be reached by research and collaboration, and IBM’s expanded presence in Kenya will encourage and strengthen innovation, engaging local entrepreneurs, universities, governments and innovators to develop solutions to the challenges faced by the people of Kenya and beyond.

Expanding in Africa requires a long-term outlook.  Before IBM can do business throughout the region, it must aid in strengthening the capacities of Africa’s people and institutions— including knowledge, technology infrastructure, business sophistication and governance.

There is enormous growth potential across the continent, but that potential won’t

be realized unless the underlying physical, economic and societal infrastructures that permit markets to develop and endure are in place. Success will only come through a patient, long-term approach. An example of this is IBM’s plans to lay a foundation for skills and innovation growth in Africa by establishing a resident scientist program aimed at attracting top Kenyan and other African talent to work side-by-side with IBM researchers. These applicants will be top-tier scientists and researcher from pre- and post-doctoral backgrounds as well as from academia, government or industry.

As for research focus areas, one particular issue across Africa is the challenge of multiple government organizations to communicate with one another and share information. To that end, IBM Research – Africa will work on Next-Generation Public Sector solutions so that information is automatically collected and analyzed from various sources to improve planning, scheduling and tactical decision making within and between agencies. Armed with the right information technology, government agencies can reduce the cost of social services, improve efficiency and productivity, deter fraud and abuse, improve citizen access to services and enable digital interaction between citizens and the public sector.

Smarter Cities is another area of focus. As the world’s second most populous continent with more than 955 million people, Africa’s urbanization rates are the highest in the world and more than half of all Africans will live in cities by 2030. IBM scientists will work on improving access to and quality of city services, initially focusing on smarter water systems and transportation solutions for the region.  For example, the use of predictive analytics has the potential to solve traffic congestion in Nairobi by using real-time insights to model and anticipate traffic jams. IBM’s recent global Computer Pain Survey of 15 cities ranked Nairobi as the fourth most congested in the world.

The goals of IBM Research – Africa underpin IBM’s Smarter Planet initiative where advances in sensors, networking, telecommunications and analytical software are enabling organizations to manage more complex systems.  In fact, Africa may have a big advantage. Due to the current nature of the physical, governmental and economic infrastructures, Smarter Planet solutions have the potential to produce even greater impacts than they have in more developed countries. Indeed, Africa has the potential to leapfrog some of the world’s more advanced economies. African countries have the opportunity to include instrumentation and information-gathering capabilities from the start as they build out new systems and services.

IBM stands ready to collaborate with African governments, universities and businesses to work jointly on research that will uncover new breakthroughs in science and technology and that build the platform for Africa’s future.

Join the conversation on Twitter:  #IBMAfrica

What are you talking about lately?

Here’s a quick snapshot of what YOU have been talking about for the week of July 11-19, 2012.

Greater IBM on LinkedInDISCUSSION NUMBER OF COMMENTS
Transition to Retirement – Retirement Really?  You are really going to RETIRE? 21
The 25 Best Tech Companies to Work for in 2012 14
Are you creative?  Check out this IBMer who is also a syndicated cartoonist 11
Greater IBM on FacebookDISCUSSION NUMBER OF COMMENTS/ LIKES/ SHARES
Taken a beach vacation recently #IBMalumni?  239
Greater IBM Connection added a new photo  211
The world’s #1 fastest supercomputer 136

–Posted by Julie Yamamoto, Program Manager, and Regan Kelly, Editor, The Greater IBM Connection

YouTube Channel of The Greater IBM Connection

Greater IBM Videos on YouTube

Check out The Greater IBM Connection’s YouTube channel! We always welcome comments and video responses from fellow Greater IBMers.

Here, watch an interview with Greater IBMer Hansueli Maerki, former Chief Executive Officer of IBM EMEA and today a Senior Fellow of Harvard’s Advanced Leadership Initiative, as he talks with Greater IBM editor Regan Kelly on his 35 years with the company, life after IBM, and what makes The Greater IBM Connection great.

http://youtu.be/5IC8FxTWU8o

YOUR GREAT IDEAS: How are they doing?

Istock-womanthumbsdown2 If we traced the path of GREAT IDEAS in the finest of organizations, we would probably all be astounded at the rate at which NEW THINKING is unintentionally squelched, squashed, smashed, stifled, smothered, misunderstood, ridiculed or just ignored.

Ever had this experience?
Ever felt like this woman looks?

 

This is what I wrote in an article a few years back. Around the same time, I was invited to speak at an ONLINE leadership forum with a focus on How to Get Buy-In for New Ideas. Over 550 leaders and innovators showed up to explore this topic, representing twenty countries. They came from major companies from every industry, as well as entrepreneurs, government, military, education, health care, and community organizations. I discovered the group was a cross section of CEOs and senior leaders, managers of every type, as well as educators, business owners, ministers, and consultants. Imagine all this diverse talent coming together, peer to peer, meeting on common ground, because they were brimming with NEW IDEAS to bring to their respective organizations. Following the online session, I conducted some follow-on dialogues. Three key themes were identified as BIG BARRIERS standing the the way of introducing the participants’ NEW IDEAS:

  • Culture isn’t open to new ideas.Resistance to change. There is a lack of interest in change and innovation. Everyone sees the need; no one wants to take the risk. New approaches aren’t welcomed.
  • Gender, race, and age still play a role in acceptance of new ideas in our organization. If you think differently or ask too many questions, it leads to losing the respect of senior leaders.
  • Senior leaders/managers take ideas and present them as their own. The focus from our leaders is on execution of strategy; they’ve forgotten people are leading it for them. It would be great if they showed more interest in what people have to say.

This begs a question…
What are the chances that you or other leaders in your organization might be leaving similar impressions about sharing NEW IDEAS? No one would purposely want to have members of their teams or constituents thinking this way. But perception is everything and this kind of breakdown in communication isn’t uncommon. It erodes trust and impacts all organizations ability to put differences to work to generate new thinking, creativity, and INNOVATION. At this time in our history, we can’t afford it. Too much is at stake.

 

A CONTINUING SAGA
What is alarming is that this reality doesn’t seem to change — at least in the perception of many of those with the GREAT IDEAS. I remember these same barriers coming up now and then throughout my career too. Last week, I partnered up with futurist and filmmaker Joel Barker to teach a professional development class on this topic. It focused on examining resistance to change, providing detailed guidelines, examples, and a step-by-step process that demonstrates how to get ideas accepted. Interestingly, we again discovered a similar result in a poll we took. A new issue did surface — 23% identified “information overload  breaking through the noise as a major barrier. However, a whopping 84% brought up issues similar to those noted above as standing in their way of introducing and seeding NEW IDEAS in their organizations.

 

Even before my time at IBM circa 1969, Thomas J. Watson, Jr., wrote in one of his well-known Management Briefings: “There’s an old saying that when you talk — you teach, when you listen — you learn. There are a lot of ideas worth listening to in this company. Let’s be sure we’re paying attention — we are never so rich in ideas that we can afford not to…”  It should be noted that this quote was preceded by him sharing a personal leadership story where he hadn’t listened to an employee’s idea to solve a critical business problem. “…Because I was frustrated and tired, I gave [the employee] a short interview and a non-sympathetic rebuff. …Later that evening, I began to worry about the area which he had pointed out, and by morning, I realized that at least constructive and appropriate attention to his idea was the minimum he should expect from me.” Hmmm…Big leadership at work!

 

What about YOU?

What is the #1 ISSUE you face when it comes to introducing NEW IDEAS?(answers)

For those of you who never have this kind of experience…
What best practice can you share to help others who do?

 

I look forward to listening your points of view…

 

 

 

Best…
Debbe

 

A-DK-SEPT17-1Debbe Kennedy
Contributing author
Greater IBM Connection Blog
Co-Founder, GIBM Women’s
International Network for
Leadership
 (GIBM WIN-L)

Founder, President & CEO
Global Dialogue Center and
Leadership Solutions Companies
author,
Putting Our Differences to Work
The Fastest Way to Innovation, Leadership, and High Performance
IBMer 1970 – 1991 L.A.; Anchorage; Seattle; San Francisco
Twitter:@debbekennedy   @onlinedialogues