What’s The Buzz for January 2014

Here’s a quick snapshot of what YOU have been talking about for the month of January 2014. Top five discussions/posts on our blog,Twitter, and Facebook.

IBM Infographic Cartoon: So Your Parent is an IBMer (Survival Guide for Kids) 1260
(Replay) IBM Launches New Watson Group in Silicon Alley 293
IBM Connect 2014 – Energizing Life’s Work 266
What Does IBM Watson Look Like?  Generated Art Face the Wave of the Future? 174
How Many Times Should You Try Before Success? (Infographic) – No 1 Top Tweet 161
Jan 11 – 3 Things You Never Knew About #IBM #Creativity – #Games , #Art , and #Music 14
Jan 14 – #IBM led the world in #patent issuances for the 21st year in a row #infographic 12
(Tie) Jan 4 – #Coffee #Personality – What Does Your Favorite Coffee Say About You? #Infographic, Jan 4 – The no. 1 use of the #internet is #social & 94% go to #learn, Jan 19 – #Teamwork is the mother of invention 10 each
Jan 23 – No. 2 most popular Facebook post: #IBM conference call #cartoon 9
(Tie) Jan 3 – Never do things others can do and will do, if there are things others cannot do or will not do – Amelia Earhart quote, Jan 12 – RT/ @TheRealFredrikG: How to #work fast #infographic via @EntMagazine 8 each
Jan 7 – No. 4 on the @Greater_IBM 2013 countdown – Why IS #IBM Called Big Blue? The Uncertain History of a Colorful Nickname 72
Jan 9 – No. 2 on the @Greater_IBM countdown for 2013: #Infographic – How to Identify an #IBMer 72
Jan 23 – Greater IBMers, do you have a conference call today? The number 2 most popular Facebook post from 2013: #IBM conference call #cartoon 72
Jan 15 – IBM CEO Ginni Rometty keynote speech at NRF (photo) 47
Jan 10 – #‎IBM‬ ‪#‎Infographic‬ ‪#‎Cartoon‬ for ‪#‎FridayFun‬ – So Your Parent is an IBMer (Survival Guide for Kids) 43

– By Julie Yamamoto, Program Manager, The Greater IBM Connection

2013 Top Posts – The Greater IBM Connection

Here’s a quick summary of all our top 2013 posts across our blog, Twitter, and Facebook – thanks Greater IBMers!

IBM CEO Ginni Rometty Shares Her Leadership Philosophy (Jan 10) 4782
Infographic:  How to Identify An IBMer (June 17) 4589
Video Tour:  Capturing the Character of the IBM Brand (March 21) 3424
Why IS IBM Called Big Blue?  The Uncertain History of a Colorful Nickname (Jan 17) 3286
 50 Years of Innovation:  IBM Honors 2013 Fellows (April 3) 2193
How many times should you try before #success? #infographic (Dec 8) – (blog post link) 20
Top 10 #skills to #succeed in the 21st century #workplace #Infographic (Dec 29) – (blog post link) 14
How a 1995 #IBM decision changed your internet life today – reflections by Irving Wladawsky-Berger #tech (Apr 17) – (blog post link) 12
How will technology improve our lives in the next 5 years #IBM5in5 (Dec 17) – (blog post link) 11
 Tie:  Women in Technology: Consider Joining IBM #IBMjobs #hotjobs #tech (May 24) – (blog post link), #IBM is #4 on Forbes World’s Most Powerful Brands – http://onforb.es/P8Bk63 (Nov 9) 10 each
IBM Smarter pumpkin (Oct 31 – Photo) 454
Have a few calls today, Greater IBM? (Aug 21 – Conference Call Cartoon Photo) 444
“Develop your own initiative. Do something no one else has done.” — Thomas J Watson, Sr (Jan 4 – Photo Quote) 289
Of the 50 Most Powerful Women in New York 2013, as voted by Crain’s New York, look who is in the top spot (June 24 – Photo + Link) 287
50 years of innovation: IBM honors eight new Fellows (Apr 3 – Photo + Link) 247

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

IBM Connect 2014 – Energizing Life’s Work


Companies are changing the way they work today. The combination of social, collaborative and mobile technology infused with behavioral science and analytics is incredibly powerful – especially when it is delivered in the cloud.  IBM Connect 2014 will provide insights on how to apply these principles to your business.

dilbertAs an added bonus for Dilbert fans, Dilbert creator Scott Adams will be speaking at the event.

Register now


Kevin Cavanaugh, Vice President of Engineering Smarter Workforce at IBM, shares his thoughts on why you should attend IBM Connect 2014

And if you aren’t able to be in Orlando, don’t let that stop you from joining in the conversation – learn more about how to get social



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

Don’t Ignore These 5 Virtual Communication Rules

miscommunicationsMiscommunications is still one of the main problems in the workplace.  Heck, it might be one of the main problems in life.

With more of our communications virtual and online, finding the best ways to minimize misunderstanding is key to doing business successfully.

X-IBM Social Butterfly, Lorian Lipton, shares her new post on “Don’t Ignore These 5 Virtual Communication Rules” that can make a big difference in your virtual/on-line communications and help you get your message across the first time you send it.

Lorian Lipton is founder of The Digital Attitude, LLC, a specialized project management consulting and training company.  Check out her regular blog posts on social branding, project management, and just plain attitude, @ The Digital Attitude: Becoming Eminent.


Greater IBM, what would you add to these? Have you got any tips to share?

– Posted by Lorian Lipton

Social Business: A Metaphor for Sustainable Business

get socialFiscal performance alone cannot sustain future businesses. Success or failure will also be guided by societal relationship and environmental responsibility, says Jose Polackal, business development lead, government & education industry, IBM India.

We are now in a new era where the technological Zeitgeist is defined by how evolved social media is. And one way to look at it is this phenomenon called ‘Social Business‘. In the foreseeable future, social media will influence the performance of every business establishment and every government entity. Stakeholders (the consumers or the citizens), and not just shareholders, who are collaborating on social media are going to influence the business imperatives of every enterprise.

This means business has to concentrate more on three bottom lines – the triple bottom line being fiscal, societal and environmental and not the single bottom line. Fiscal performance alone cannot sustain future business; rather it will have to include societal relationship and environmental responsibility. Herein lies the importance of a social media strategy for every enterprise.

As of November 2012, Facebook had over 1.2 billion active users. There were over 500 million registered users in Google+ by the end of 2012. By the summer of 2013, Twitter had over 554 million active users. This social networking population is a significant subset of the 2.27 billion internet users in 2012, and on an average this is 20% of the world population.

This 20% of the world population may very well be controlling the consumer market (mainly the finished products) as they, probably, represent the population with the maximum buying power. Again, this 20% influence the governmental policies and the corporation and enterprise agenda for the future to a larger extent. This leads to the Pareto principle – 20% of the population chart out our future, and 80% follows.

Read the complete article, from timesofindia.indiatimes.com

– Posted by Khalid Raza

5 Steps to Improve Your Self Worth

If you don’t think you’re awesome, who else will (besides your mother)? Self-worth comes from one thing – thinking that you are worthy. Sometimes we all need reminders to focus on achieving and showing our personal value to the world.

cat.lionDo you get stuck in the internal chatter of: “I can’t do it,” “I must not make a mistake,” “What if they don’t like me?”

Here are 5 steps to help you improve your internal conversation so that you build your self confidence so your personal brand can shine.

X-IBMer and Social Butterfly Lorian Lipton coaches you with Self Worth Starts With These 5 Steps, from her blog The Digital Attitude: Becoming Eminent.


Greater IBM, what would you add to these? Have you got any tips to share?

– Posted by Lorian Lipton

25 Hours In Your Day? 4 Tips To Get You There

Alarm_panicsHow many times have you said, “I just don’t have time!”   And now, with the world at your fingertips, with the internet and global business buzzing by in nanoseconds, having time to get everything done seems more and more difficult to accomplish.

Sorry there will never be a 25th hour in your day  But getting your priorities in order, making wise time choices, and being real with your self, can go a long way.

Here are 4 time management exercises to help you get control of your schedule.  Who knows, maybe you can find the 25th hour. Read IBM’s Social Butterfly, Lorian Lipton, as she makes you more productive with her 25 Hours In Your Day? 4 Tips To Get You There, from her blog The Digital Attitude: Becoming Eminent.


Greater IBM, what would you add to these? Have you got any tips to share?

– Posted by Lorian Lipton