LinkedIn Reaches 200 Million Members

LinkedIn earlier this year reached a major new milestone: 200 million members.

And The Greater IBM Connection’s LinkedIn group has nearly 80,000 of those members.

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for being an active part of The Greater IBM Connection network – we’re glad you’re here. If you’ve ever been, or are currently, an IBM employee, you are eligible to join our LinkedIn group. (NOTE: This group is not open to contractors.)

In addition, you can always join us on our Facebook page and Twitter feed. See you there!

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In Case You Missed It: Catching Up with Greater IBM

In this issue:

  • IBM Connect 2013 – Watch it anytime
  • What’s new around The Greater IBM Connection
  • Welcome, new members!

IBM Connect 2013 – Watch it anytime

If you’re not in Orlando for IBM Connect 2013 this week, not to worry: you can now see replays of The IBM Connect OGS, Keynote, and many other exciting sessions.
Sessions and SpeakersWe’re happy to let you know that these and many more are available for replay on Livestream.  Watch them anytime, all in this video library.

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What’s new around The Greater IBM Connection

If you haven’t visited the blog lately, here’s a roundup of some popular recent posts you might have missed:

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Welcome!

If you’ve just joined The Greater IBM Connection, welcome. We’re glad to see you here and we know you’re going to enjoy reconnecting and networking with your IBM friends and colleagues.

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4 Big Tips for LinkedIn Endorsements and Skills

In case you haven’t noticed, LinkedIn endorsements are here to stay. Why not make the most of this network feature on your profile?

Linkedin candyIn this fascinating piece from Careerealism.com, here’s why: Using this section wisely is essential, because LinkedIn has now made it searchable by recruiters. So if you want to maximize your chances of attracting hiring managers’ attention, start doing these four things today.

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What do you think of LinkedIn’s endorsements feature? Do you think endorsements are helpful? Let us know in the Comments.

LinkedIn Group Engagement Strategy? Here’s Our All-Time Top Posts

(Graphic credit:  Brafton)

(Graphic credit: Brafton)

Thinking about how to better engage your group members on LinkedIn?  This may help.  It’s an overview of the all-time most popular posts for The Greater IBM Connection, one of the largest business networking groups on LinkedIn.  Initially we were going to pull a list just for 2012 but thought this list yields a bit more insight into what works well for engaging LinkedIn group members.  Here’s an overview of the all-time top ten LinkedIn discussions, by number of likes/comments/votes.  For the most part, questions about affiliation to IBM or career did the best.  It’s also worth mentioning the #11 most popular post since it fell off this list but does tie in well with our January theme of ‘leadership’.  It was “Who was the greatest IBM President and CEO of the last century?  Why?  Your Story?” posted in Aug 2011 with 103 comments/likes.

Greater IBM on LinkedInLINKEDIN DISCUSSION
NUMBER OF COMMENTS/LIKES
1 – Lessons Learned – …What’s one lesson YOU learned at IBM that you use in the rest of your life? (Mar 2011) 542
2 – What’s the most interesting thing you do in your non-work life?  What’s one fascinating thing about you that has nothing to do with IBM? (Feb 2012 and Oct 2012) 266 combined
3 – Whom would return to IBM? poll (Dec 2011) 232 votes, 39 comments/likes
4 – What was the project you were involved/participated in at IBM that you will always remember? (Mar 2011) 219
5 – What motivates you at work, beyond the paycheck? poll(Mar 2012) 194 votes, 42 comments/likes
6 – Just for a laugh….How to spot an old IBMer (Apr 2012) 156
7 – Looking to return to IBM?(May 2012) 154
8 – Why former IBMers who left maybe years ago for any reason are still active on The Greater IBM Connection? (June 2012) 132
9 – Greater IBMers:  What’s your most productive time of day?  poll (Nov 2012) 110 votes, 8 comments
10 – CHALLENGE:  Describe the purpose of IT governance in no more than a 160 characters SMS message… (Feb 2010) 108

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

What’s The Buzz for December 2012

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

Greater IBM on LinkedInLINKEDIN DISCUSSION NUMBER OF COMMENTS/ LIKES
Why former IBMers who left maybe years ago for any reason are still active on The Greater IBM Connection? 58 (Dec), 128 all time
IBM Leader in Gutting 401(k)s – Forbes 34 (Dec), 39 all time
Has IBM lost the I…apparently in job postings!…(all job adverts are USA…) 33
Lotus No More 27
Great article….Passing of Zig Ziglar 21
Greater IBM on FacebookFACEBOOK POSTS NUMBER OF COMMENTS/ LIKES/ SHARES
IBM CEO Ginni Rometty has won a place in a BIG year-end list (Ginni Rometty photo and link to CNN story) 228
Green for the holidays! Read about how an IBM Centennial Grant supports the movement for green schools in Singapore (Photo and link to blog story) 112
It’s a matter of subtraction, not addition – try NOT doing these 10 things and see how your work life and happiness levels can improve (link to blog post) 44
#IBMAlumni, here’s another short history quiz for you – who invented the world’s first hard drive? (Photo and link to blog story) 44
#ibm #ibmsimon GreaterIBMers, did you think that the world’s first #Smartphone = #Apple or #Android? Think again… (Photo and link to blog story) 42
BLOG POSTS NUMBER OF COMMENTS/ LIKES/ SHARES
Innovation Breakthrough: IBM Chip to Use LIGHT to Significantly Accelerate Your Internet 88
Be Happier at Work: Stop Doing These 10 Things Right Now 88
Are You on the Fast Track? New Tech Trends Study Out Now 50
World’s First Smartphone = Apple or Android? Think again… 46
IBM’s 5 in 5: Welcome To The Era of Cognitive Systems 28
TWEETS NUMBER OF RETWEETS
Leadership is doing what is right when no one is watching. – George Van Valkenburg 5
Infographic: what the 2012 #IBMTechTrends results can tell us about skill gaps in technology. 4
#ibm #bigdata #smarteranalytics Free Webcast 12/6 at 11am ET – Leveraging Analytics for Competitive Advantage 4
Factoid: We Spent 121 Billion Minutes on Social Media in One Month 4
(too many to list) 3 each

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

Top Leadership Lessons from 2012

leadershipIt’s been quite a year for leadership lessons.  Any number of the major world events for 2012 could serve as a showcase for how to, or not to, be a great leader…..the London Olympics, Hurricane Sandy, Facebook IPO, Rover Curiosity lands on Mars.  Great leadership seems to grow from great vision, but basics like having a plan and respecting the competition are also key.  Here is a round-up of some of the top leadership lessons from 2012.

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

New LinkedIn Profile Design – Time To Overhaul Yours? 13 New Tips

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In case you missed the news, LinkedIn launched a new profile design in October (here’s a sneak peek).  LinkedIn is arguably the number one social media site for business and professional networking with more than 187 million members in over 200 countries worldwide, as of September 30, 2012.  It’s a hugely popular site and recruiters spend a lot of time looking at user profiles.  Just in time for 2013, here are 13 new ways you can make your LinkedIn profile more irresistible in the new year, whatever your goals may be from Business Insider.  (And when you’re finished polishing your LinkedIn profile, join The Greater IBM Connection group on LinkedIn if you qualify:  http://linkd.in/Ru0wWj).

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

What’s The Buzz for November 2012

Here’s a quick snapshot of what YOU have been talking about for the month of November 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? 32 (Nov), 266 all time (posted twice)
Baby Boomer Retirement – What Happened? 29 (Nov), 70 all time
Lotus No More 21
Have You Endorsed Anyone w/ LinkedIn’s 1-Click Endorsements? 19
Why former IBMers who left maybe years ago for any reason are still active on The Greater IBM Connection? 15 (Nov), 104 all time
Greater IBM on FacebookFACEBOOK POSTS NUMBER OF COMMENTS/ LIKES/ SHARES
Guess who’s at the White House to meet with President Obama today? (Ginni Rometty photo) 634
“Remember the difference between a boss & a leader: A boss says ‘Go!’, a leader says ‘Let’s go!’ ” – E.M. Kelly (quote) 199
Read how an IBM Centennial Grant enabled the public-private partnership of IBM and the Drishtee Foundation to transform poor, isolated Indian villages into instrumented, interconnected and intelligent communities. #IBMvolunteers (link to Citizen IBM story) 129
It’s not your job (entirely). It’s you. But you can get a big boost in your performance and happiness by quitting these bad habits. (link to blog story) 101
12 of the nation’s CEOs – including IBM’s Ginni Rometty – are reportedly feeling optimistic after meeting this week with President Obama at the White House (Ginni Rometty photo) 81
BLOG POSTS NUMBER OF COMMENTS/ LIKES/ SHARES
9 Bad Work Habits – and How to Break Them 152
“Marketing is dead”: The Rise of the Social Business Imperative 43
CEOs, Including IBM’s Ginni Rometty, Optimistic after Meeting with President Obama 42
If You’re Ready to Lead, Why Not Join IBM? 29
The Most Common Hiding Places for Work Passwords – Don’t Do This 26
TWEETS NUMBER OF RETWEETS
#IBM has been ranked America’s Most Community-Minded Company: read why Big Blue is #1 13
Remember the difference between a boss & a leader: A boss says ‘Go!’, a leader says ‘Let’s go!’ – E.M. Kelly 8
We all know the #IBM logo….but it wasn’t always this way. From globes to stripes – see its long evolution 7
Women in IT: How deep is the bench? (and we know who’s at the top of the game…) 6
1 – CEOs including IBM’s Ginni Rometty are optimistic after meeting this week w/ President #BarackObama, 2- ‘Success Secrets of The World’s Most Powerful Women’ – don’t miss this! 6 each

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

Your LinkedIn Profile and the Top 10 OVERused Corporate Buzzwords of 2012

by Cimla Seyhan, blog.linkedin.com

buzzwords mapWith 2013 almost here, LinkedIn.com has refreshed its popular buzzwords analysis from previous years.

Do LinkedIn’s 187 million members still describe themselves as “creative” and “effective” professionals with “extensive experience”? Have the most overused words in LinkedIn Profiles change from last year’s analysis?

Find out last year’s MOST overused buzzword, and many more, broken down by country.

How to Use LinkedIn Endorsements Feature to Highlight Your Skills

LinkedIn’s newest feature, Endorsements, lets you highlight the skills youre known for. Here’s how it works, plus four expert tips for making the most of it. Ready to get started? Read the story.
Related: The Greater IBM Connection LinkedIn Group  Note: To join this LinkedIn group, you must be either a former IBM employee or a current IBM employee. Contractors are not eligible.