Coffee Break Cartoon: How Not To Collaborate in the Workplace


How not to work smart, from IBMblr

Cartoon courtesy of @MidmarketIBM:

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

Big Brains, Small Films: 1 + 1 = 3

In this brief video, IBMer and Leadership Technologista Susan Puglia talks with 4th grader Rachel about the best lesson she’s ever learned for her career. How can collaborating with others not only refine your idea, but also expand its impact? Watch now:

Want more inspiration and videos like this one? Check out, and learn about how you can become an IBMer like Susan.


Technologista Film Series Takes Over IBM YouTube Channel


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Dublin, Ireland Adopts Smarter Approach on Its Road to Recovery

Ireland’s capital, Dublin, is one of the oldest in Europe. Because its city council wants to maintain the city’s historic fabric, city policy today prevents new roads from being built in some of the most historic areas. But with traffic congestion worsening, the city sought an efficient solution to its traffic woes. To that end, it’s partnered with IBM to collect and analyze data to help tackle its congestion, all part of a push towards making Dublin a Smarter City.

File:Dublin Ireland Night.JPGIreland’s capital: an IBM Smarter City testbed

Today, journey information is released and updated by Dublin city council every minute, enabling residents to go online and find the quickest route to their destination. In addition, research is being conducted in Ireland on similar problems that might be tackled by joining up existing databases. The work is part of IBM’s Smarter Planet initiative, part of which emphasizes applying analytics to solve pressing problems. Read more in The Guardian.


– Posted by Regan Kelly. Part of our June 2013 theme on the environment and sustainability.

On Earth Day, IBM Is Collaborating to Harness the Power of 2,000 Suns

Because of safety concerns, today’s solar collectors can concentrate only so much energy: too much in one place means enormous risk. But IBM is collaborating on developing a new collector dish that could avoid that – and it’s a major step forward in solar power efficiency.

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The new collaboration between IBM, Airlight Energy and Swiss university partners 
will develop an affordable photovoltaic system capable of concentrating, on average, the power of 2,000 suns, onto hundreds of 1×1 cm chips. Read more from IBM Research.


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New Careers Site for Women at IBM Announced

Over the past 100 years, millions of IBMers all over the globe have helped make the world work better and smarter. Today, IBM is made up of more than 430,000 women and men in 170 countries. IBMers are leading business and technology experts working with clients in all industries in the private and public sectors to build a smarter planet. We thrive on solving problems – big and small – and are constantly building our knowledge and expertise in order to find the best solutions to help our clients achieve their goals and create new possibilities.

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IBM is growing and we’re looking for more talented individuals to join our team. Looking for a new challenge? Interested in making an impact? Looking for a progressive organization that values and rewards collaboration, innovation and creativity? A pre-eminent social enterprise that is today’s most essential company?

Whether it’s consulting, management, research, sales or any other area of business, and if you want to focus on today’s most exciting technologies — Social, Mobile, Analytics, Cloud — the opportunities are endless and you can make a difference at IBM.

See the new site and view IBM hot job opportunities


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– Posted by Regan Kelly

IBM Senior Executives Share Perspectives on Leadership

Randy MacDonald, IBM Senior Vice President of Human Resources

Randy MacDonald, IBM Senior Vice President of Human Resources

As featured in IBM’s Global Careers newsletter, two IBM senior executives share their perspectives on leadership.  Randy MacDonald, IBM Senior Vice President of Human Resources, shared with Fortune magazine what it takes to be a leader at IBM, which includes the importance of business acumen, collaborative skills, and aspiration to create new things.  He includes emotional and intellectual stamina as being important leadership characteristics since being a business leader in the world today is 24/7.

Diane Gherson, IBM Vice President of Talent

Diane Gherson, IBM Vice President of Talent

In an article published by Chief Learning Officer Magazine on leadership development, Diane Gherson, IBM Vice President of Talent, weighed in with perspectives about IBM’s effort to create leaders who can lead with transparency.  That is, think outside their comfort zones, embrace diverse opinions, tap into capabilities from around the globe, and collaborate to get things done.  In today’s ambiguous business environment, it’s critical for leaders to be willing to try new things and help their teams do that too.

Read the full stories below:

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


The January 2013 theme for The Greater IBM Connection is ”leadership”, and The Greater IBM Connection will be sharing various tips, tools, and resources on this topic.

Watson Leadership Lesson 2 – Unbounded Helpfulness

Thomas J. Watson, Sr., IBM President, 1928

Thomas J. Watson, Sr., IBM President, 1928

IBM’s legendary leader Thomas J. Watson, Sr. has long been recognized as one of the world’s great businessmen. As IBM’s president from 1914 to 1952, one of his critical leadership objectives centered on creating a culture of collaboration. In a 1928 speech to employees, he said “I know it is not necessary for me even to suggest cooperation to you, because you know enough about this business to realize that the cooperation that exists throughout our organization is one of the things that have made it the institution it is today.”

For Watson, empowering the individual was key to creating a culture of collaboration. Rather than foster a directive, authoritarian managerial ethos at IBM, one that could restrict individual development, he created a culture of unbounded helpfulness that would free each and every employee to better reach their potential. ““A man, to be a success over other men, must always consider himself not as their boss but as their assistant. … We have no bosses; we do not need them. We could not get along unless we helped each other.”

This assistant ethos to Watson was a two-way street, with benefits for both the helper and the helpee. “Do not be afraid to help the man alongside of you. The best way to grow is to help somebody else grow, because you learn something when you do.” To drive the point home, he once took the unusual step of sending IBM’s sales managers into field to provide hands on assistance to the salesmen in their charge. While these managers were out of the office, Watson had their secretaries to fill in as ‘acting sales executives’. He advised these secretaries to keep their letters short, eliminate red tape, and use this development opportunity as a springboard to better jobs.

Watson very much included himself as one of those assistants. “Whenever you meet me, I want you to come up and talk to me about anything that is on your mind, and that goes for all the executives in the business,” he once said. “The best way for you to learn more about this business is to talk to people who have been in it longer than you.”

The principle of collaboration was one he strove to implement across the entire organization – not just vertically between workers, foremen, and upper levels of management, but horizontally between business units and geographies too. It was a cultural characteristic, he felt, that was one of the things that made IBM great. “All the success of the IBM is not due to me nor to any other man or small group of men,” he said. “It is due rather, to the fine support, cooperation, brain power, and ability in every department of this business.”


Paul Lasewicz, IBM Corporate Archivist

Paul Lasewicz, IBM Corporate Archivist


The January 2013 theme for The Greater IBM Connection is ”leadership”, and The Greater IBM Connection will be sharing various tips, tools, and resources on this topic.