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4 steps to Career Advancement

Career Growth

This image was clicked in 2007, hence I look different, say younger!

Last week, I was invited by Anurag Mohit, Vice President – Compensation & Benefits, Growth Markets to speed mentor IBM Compensation Professionals in Growth Markets on ‘Career Advancement using Social’, as part of Velocity – the Career Fest. It was really interesting to talk to IBMers across the globe and provide them with guidance.

I was honored to be a mentor along with some real heavy weights, like Shantanu Jha, VP, HR Integrated Services Team, Anil Jalali, Region HR Partner Leader – Asia, Aruna Padmanabhan, Director (HR) – Area South and Nickle Lamoreaux, HR Vice President, Growth Markets.

One key theme which emerged from the conversation was, “How do I create my career advancement plan?” I am sharing my thoughts with you all.

Career is not your next role – it is your overall plan. Your next role may help you get there. As Nickle Lamoreaux aptly puts it “Your career is not a sprint; it is a marathonTweet: Your career is not a sprint; it is a marathon! http://ctt.ec/8au81+ via @khalidraza9 #career #growth #socbiz.” Lemme share a simple plan that I follow:

Set a goal: Career advancement starts with knowing where to go – having a plan for your career. Most of the time we fail to do that and then we wonder why, that too after losing considerable time! This sounds like a cliché, but having a plan allows you to see the goal clearly.

Plan your moves: Once your goal is set, understand and work with your career mentor (now you know you should definitely have a career mentor) to see what will be the next few roles you would need to get there.

Get skilled: This goes without saying. As you plan your next move (discussed in point 2) you would need skills to make you eligible and competent for that role. Again, your skills mentor (now you know you should have a skills mentor) should be able to help you here but the onus lies with you. I am glad that a few IBMers reached out to me to mentor them on Social Media after the event!

Network: I cannot stress enough on this point. This is a key point in career advancement. Now, if you look at the word, it clearly says Network = Net+Work. Don’t just add people to your circle and feel happy about it. You need to invest time and effort to nurture those relations. Social Media allows you to showcase your work and engage with your network and that in return will allow people to know your skills and help you grow further.

The more your share, the more people will recognize you. If you stay in your silo and do awesome work, only your manager and team will know. So go out there and shine – create your SocialGlamor which will allow you to showcase yourself.

Lemme share what Aadil Raza Mansoori, my elder brother, told me once, “You know you are good, but you gotta show them that you are good!” Tweet: You know you are good, but you gotta show them that you are good! http://ctt.ec/YcU52+ via @khalidraza9 #career #growth

Edited by: Vanitha Poojary


Managing personal & professional identities


Did a colleague, friend you on Facebook? Is your LinkedIn profile a resume? In our increasingly complex and overlapping information world, understanding how to balance personal and professional personas is critical. Do you struggle to manage your personal and professional identities on social media platforms and networking sites? 

I spoke to IBM‘s internal audience yesterday on the topic of ‘Managing personal & professional identities’ and shared my thoughts around the same. Credit goes to my colleague and friend Jeanette Fuccella for helping me structure the talk.

Managing Identities 2014 Khalid Raza SocialGlamor

We all represent multiple different personas. In our personal lives, we have relationships with family and friends; we have hobbies and interests, sports teams, and passions. Similarly, in our professional lives we have relationships with colleagues, interests, a job role, possibly a job that we aspire to, skills, organizational alliance, etc.

Sometimes these two worlds overlap and sometimes they don’t. Sometimes they should, and sometimes they probably shouldn’t. While there aren’t too many hard and fast rules, there are some general rules of the road. We need to be cognizant of when we should keep our personal and professional identities separate and when to merge them. There are benefits and pitfalls either way but more importantly, we all have to make that decision for ourselves.

What is the answer?
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We don’t buy alone! Anymore!

Why do some business fail, although they have everything right about them?

Most of the failed businesses and products never got close to the customer and hence died. And it can happen with any organization, department, product or service. We all saw what happened to Orkut. It never could get close to customer’s hearts.

But before we conclude, we should also realize that our habits, as customers are changing, or say have changed so much. We buy stuff cos someone recommends it, we listen to those songs which have bigger downloads numbers… When we search videos on Youtube, we always see which one has maximum plays and we play that one first. Content is never viral, we make it! So now we know how much power ‘all things social’ has given us.

Steve Cowley, Vice President, Industry and Solution Sales, SWG mentions in the video, how the buying habits of the customer has changed depending on what others are buying. In this light, unless your product or services touches peoples heart it will never become a success.

Social tells us, guides us to the best and that is what we call Social Learning. And it’s changing how companies ran businesses, how people interacted, how products were launched and died. Almost all oranizations,  today,  have online/digital  presence dedicated to customers to facilitate lucid interaction. And those who don’t, are forgotten soon.

Social is the new lounge and you better get access before you are considered a Faux Pas!

Community Management – 5 tips to make your newsletter a success

Community Management sometimes is confused with power and Community Managers behave like kings and queens – insurmountable by anything or anyone. These communities do have a future – a doomed one. Members start leaving, the relations get bitter and the traffic goes down. But why are we talking about this in the context of a community newsletter?

Don't be a Monkey

Don’t be a Monkey CM

Don’t be a monkey – who snatches everything. Although monkeys have a great sense of community but when it comes to being a Community Manager, ‘don’t be a monkey’.

A community newsletter reflects the tone with which a community is managed and how community members are treated. A community newsletter is like an invitation and reflects the emotion of the sender towards the receiver – an invitation to the learning party by the learning party host (thanks Sarah Siegel for this term, I love it). Let’s look at how to make your community newsletter a success: Continue reading

Your Information: How much is too much?

In today’s world, our ‘social’ world, which is dominated by uninterrupted stream of status updates, photos, videos, blogs etc, how do you ensure that the information is not crossing the line? The line,which may or may not be visible to many, but is of utmost importance for an organization.

A survey for Intel Corporation on mobile etiquette and digital sharing showed that 90 percent of Americans think too much is being divulged, and nearly half feel overwhelmed by all the all the data that is out there.

One in five of the 2,008 people questioned by Ipsos Observer for Intel admitted that some of what they post is false. SourceTweet It’

How much information #SocialGlamor Khalid Raza

This may be true on a personal network like Facebook or Myspace (do people still use it?) however in an organization, the leak of information is a real threat when every employee has free access to the collaboration tool.

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Are you ethical?

When was the last time you found a deal online, which had hidden costs to it? I am sure you have many examples to share – use the comments section to vent. But the truth remains – it exists. And this is called white-collared trickery.Yesterday my friend Phanisimha shared this slidecast with me about dark patterns.

Normally when you think of “bad design”, you think of laziness or mistakes. These are known as design anti-patterns. Dark Patterns
are different – they are not mistakes, they are carefully crafted with a
solid understanding of human psychology, and they do not have the
user’s interests in mind.

And today I got an email – guess what – they got me a JackPot. All I have to do is answer three simple questions. And this is not a roadside brand – a well established portal in India (i wont name them as I do not want more publicity for them). So tempted as I am and also realizing the grandness of the brand, I got sucked into it, wondering what will I win.

I had to answer three questions, as elementary as it can get. I am sure Maira (my 4 yrs old niece) would have answered them with utmost ease.I cleared them all and finally reached the page to claim my Jackpot to realize I have to pay INR 2999 to get a hamper of INR 12999. What?

Why can’t the company sell it like that? Why a gimmick of questionnaire and Jackpot and contest. Not sure if this trick will get them more sales but they sure got one buyer ticked and I decide to never visit this site again. Good Business Model.

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