Who Cares about Your Weaknesses? Play to Your Strengths

Don’t miss this great case study written by bestselling author Paul B. Brown in Forbes.com, on this key idea: working on your weaknesses is about the worst thing you can do.


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After all, writes Brown, “I think you should do everything in your power ONLY to do what you do best….You are far better off capitalizing on what you do best, instead of trying to offset your weakness.  Making a weakness less of a weakness is simply not as good at being the best you possibly can be at something.”

Have you ever been advised to work on your own weaknesses? How did it turn out?  Read the rest of this article, and let us know what you think in the Leave a Reply section below.



It’s All a Matter of Perspective: How to Turn ‘Weaknesses’ into Strengths, by Dave Kerpen

About the author:

Paul B. Brown

Paul B. Brown (image, Forbes.com)

I am a best-selling author, and an extremely proud Forbes alum. A former writer and editor at Business Week, Inc. and Financial World, in addition to my six years at Forbes, I’ve written, co-written and “ghosted” numerous best-sellers including Customers for Life (with Carl Sewell.) My latest book, which I co-author with Leonard A. Schlesinger and Charles F. Kiefer, is Just Start: Take Action; Embrace Uncertainty; Create the Future.

– Posted by Regan Kelly

Leaders: Here Are The Top 9 Things That Motivate Employees to Succeed

When you wake up in the morning, what fuels you to begin the day? Are you passionate about your work? The triggers that motivate people to achieve are unique for everyone; for some it’s money; for others, it’s wanting to make a difference, writes Glenn Llopis in Forbes.com.

Motivation has been studied for decades, and leaders often use motivational books and other tools to get employees to increase their performance or get them back on track. But if you’re a leader, it’s critical to get to know your employees, and to be specific about how you help each of them achieve their goals, desires and aspirations. To help one another and to accomplish that, you must identify those motivating factors. In this piece from Forbes.com, see the nine things that ultimately motivate employees to achieve.


Greater IBM, what do you think of these nine motivators? Please share your own story and perspectives by commenting.


-Posted by Regan Kelly

On Leadership: 8 Lessons from the Women in Strategy Summit

– by Jenna Goudreau in Forbes.com

Jenna Goudreau

Jenna Goudreau

Business author Jenna Goudreau recently spoke at The Innovation Enterprises’ 2013 Women in Strategy Summit, which brings together 75 high-level women in marketing and strategy, about the leadership secrets of the world’s most powerful women.

In this post, she explains 8 key leadership lessons, synthesized and updated from last year’s keynote, from the women who know what it takes to reach the top. Get the 8 leadership lessons.


Connect with Jenna on Twitter @Jenna_Goudreau, Facebook, and Google+


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Analytics: New Power Systems from IBM Challenge HP, Oracle and Dell For SMB Apps

– Forbes.com, Tom Groenfeldt

As Dell and HP struggle to figure out their businesses, IBM is moving into their territory with Power Systems starting at $5,947 at the low end of its newly launched Power line of computers. “With these new systems, IBM is forging an aggressive expanding of its Power and Storage Systems business into SMB and growth markets,” said Rod Atkins, senior vice president of IBM Systems and Technology Group.

“Big data and cloud systems that were once only affordable to large enterprises are now available to the masses.”

Colin Parris, VP, IBM Power Systems (photo, IBM Systems Magazine)

Colin Parris, VP, IBM Power Systems (photo, IBM Systems Magazine)

The systems have more power, greater stability and manageability because they’re are integrated from design through production, said Colin Parris, general manager, IBM Power Systems. Read the rest of the story.

IBM CEO Virginia Rometty #15 of 100 Women Who Run The World (Forbes)

Virginia Rometty, IBM President & CEO (Photo Credit:  Forbes)

Virginia Rometty, IBM President & CEO (Photo Credit: Forbes)

IBM President and CEO, Virginia Rometty, ranks #15 on Forbes list of 100 Most Powerful Women in the World, 2012.  For nine years,Forbes has ranked the 100 most powerful women in the world.  These include heads of state, CEOs, female entrepreneurs, celebrity role models, philanthropists, and news-makers around the globe.  The 2012 list features eight heads of state, 25 CEOs who control $984 billion in revenues, and 10 celebrities who are also noted philanthropists.  You might recognize some of the names on this list, such as Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Lady Gaga, Queen Elizabeth II, Jennifer Lopez, Ellen Degeneres, to name a few.  Some you may not recognize but are just as important to this list such as Margaret Chan (Director-General World Health Organization), Sonia Ghandi (President Indian National Congress, India), Dilma Rousseff (Brazil President).  It’s Forbes annual snapshot of the women who are impacting the world the most.

Read the full story below:

You may want to also read the earlier post about Ginni sharing her leadership philosophy at the Most Powerful Women Summit here if you missed it.

–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.

Why Warren Buffett Keeps Buying IBM

In this Forbes.com piece, read why Warren Buffett, who recently picked up $10 billion in IBM shares for his company Berkshire Hathaway, continues to buy stock in Big Blue. In fact, it’s so attractive to the multi billionaire tycoon, he’s made it the second most-bought stock in his portfolio.

Investors are taking notice. And they’re asking why. Get the answers you need, here.



10 Leadership Lessons From IBM Executive School

leadershiplessons(Forbes, March 2012) In 1955, Tom Watson Jr. gave Louis Mobley a blank check to create The IBM Executive School, and one of the first things he did was to hire a testing firm to identify the skills that make great leaders great.  The results were a bit astounding in that the only thing the great leaders seemed to have in common was that they had nothing in common.  What Mobley realized over time was that unlike supervisors and middle managers, what successful executives shared were not skills and knowledge but values and attitudes.   For example, great leaders thrive on ambiguity and blank sheets of paper and are secure and believe in themselves.  Here are the 10 Leadership Lessons that Mobley identified.

–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.