Samvit Roy asking Jim Whitehurst about IBM Culture During Slack AMA

Congrats to my colleague Samvit (Sam) Roy, MBA, CSPO, BE for being first to ask our new President a question during his Slack AMA session!!

Jim answered honestly and transparently. Great content. He also used some humor to lighten the mood, a much-needed pause from the pandemic.

Here were my favorite jokes:

“If you put a Red Hat together with big blue, you get a purple shirt which I would have wore… but I didn’t do my laundry yesterday” 😂

“I have a lot of experience but I’m also new to IBM. At the office I would still be trying to find the bathroom… but luckily I’m working from home so I know where it is” 😂😂

“No I’m probably not gonna write a new book, but maybe when I retire I can write a new one describing how IBM became the defining technology company of the 21st century just as it was in the 20th century” 🙏🙏🙏

#bars #IBM #Red Hat

Arvind Krishna’s first day as IBM CEO, on Slack

Us IBMers are HYPED to see our new CEO hopping on Slack on his first day on the job to open the bridge to communications. “CEO Office Hours”? – first time I’ve heard that before.

Let alone probably the first time I’ve ever seen a slack post with 1000 likes 🏆

First impressions matter!


(Sometimes these posts go viral)

IBM Summit Program Experience – 11 – IBM ECF Video 2019

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Giving back to your community is a great feeling with many aspects to feel proud about 🤗
👉 Everyone has their own favorite part — what’s yours?

🎬Amazing to have a production team to help out on this project, as most of my previous have been solo acts.
👏Thank you to all the volunteers, coordinators, and all those involved in the IBM Community:
Carolyn MurphyAnna DreyzinBridget King, CHRPKrista ShibataRalph ChapmanEllen KoutsikosKarel VredenburgShalise Goffe, CPDSShola AgoroFarza (Farzaneh) GhodsTanya Liblik, CHRL, PMP, CIDDVira Badiani, BSc, GCIB, MSc, CPDSDave Robitaille, Erica Carnovale, Caroline FinlayAndrew SafrankoHelen MitresBirgit Siegel AllisonCamille Chandra
👨🎥: David Lindermere

Feel free to click “share” if it gave you a laugh and some positive vibes 😊.

As we move into the Holiday season, keep up that charitable spirit! 🎁


IBM Summit Program Experience – 10 – Snack Video

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Friends, what impact do you think free snacks have on employee engagement? 🤔
IBMers, how do you feel about the free snacks?
#Comedy#News#Puns#EmployeeEngagement IBM

To me, small perks like these make a difference! And to see one of the largest technology companies in the world offer a perk that is most often found at the smallest technology companies in the world… to me that represents a shift in culture.

If this gave you a chuckle, give it a like. I may make more videos about every day business life in the future. 😊

IBM Summit Program Experience – 9 – Landing On A Team

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I have officially ‘landed’ on IBM‘s Data Science team.
Here’s a picture expressing the way I feel about it: 🚀🌕
Data Science isn’t rocket science – in simple terms its helping clients discover insights from their data to improve business decision-making.

Lead by experts Lee Cratchley and Robb Corrigan … it’s gonna be a great year of tremendous learning and exploring new heights.

“I feel like a boy playing on the seashore, diverting myself now and then to picking up stones and shells whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.” – Isaac Newton

If anyone in my network knows any other experts I should be learning from, feel free to tag / let me know!
#IBM #DataScience #Analytics #IBMSummitProgram

IBM Summit Program Experience – 8 – Demo2Win

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Sales training? Everyone’s got a method.
Software demo training? Rarely taught, but critical for tech workers 💻!
Last week I attended Demo2Win, a two-day workshop that teaches professionals how to effectively demo software.

Learning: Imagine you are showing your manager a report, a customer your software, or even a friend a new app that you love… here’s a proven methodology you can follow:

Don’t just jump into “showing” right away! 😲

1️⃣ TELL them what you are going to show them in simple 1-2-3 steps (Or else they might get caught thinking.. ok where is this presentation going?)

2️⃣ SHOW them (Avoid saying “click this or that”. Say “If you want to…” Focus on their intention, not features.)

3️⃣ TELL them the benefit. Answer the most important question – SO WHAT?

Demos are to help people see what they can achieve, not to show how a technology works.

Thanks for the workshop & for awarding my demo with a mobile tabletop. Now I can stand while I demo like a pro 🤵

If anyone is working on a demo, feel free to reach out – happy to share more of what I learned to help you out.
2Win! #IBM#IBMSummitProgram#GlobalSalesSchool

IBM Summit Program Experience – 6 – Final Presentations (Video) + Graduation

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Our final project for IBM Global Sales School was a written proposal + 30 minute presentation to a panel of judges roleplaying a client. Applying our learnings from the previous six months, and working together in a hotel room til midnight for two nights, Team Red was able to deliver and score 1️⃣ First Place in our class

Here’s a 3 minute cut-down version of our 30 minute presentation. I’d love to show more but we can’t give away too much to future students of the program =)

When I was graduating I selected IBM over various options because I believed it to provide one of the best corporate sales training programs in the world. I can now affirm it to be true. ✅✅ The past six months of training have been so valuable and jam-packed with unique offerings delivered from the best, all across the USA ✈️. I felt the need to capture a piece of it in video form before it was all over.

I’d like to thank Team Red for a memorable finish and the Summit Program Management for providing what I wanted and more out of a New Graduate Program 🙏. I look forward to bringing this solid foundation to our clients as I transition to the field over the next 6 months.

After 6 whole months of training, we graduated!! (Photo of my team below)

IBM Summit Program Experience – 5 – Top Gun Systems & Platform Example Speaker

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For the past few months IBM I have been trying to figure out what IBM is doing in the Blockchain space – today we got to speak to originator himself

Jerry Cuomo, VP Blockchain Technologies at IBM, shared the story about the pioneering of the Hyperledger project and the business value the FoodTrust project and TradeLens project are providing today.

At the most primordial level, all blockchains require a consensus method, immutability, and some type of incentive for participants to join the network. Whether the blockchain is then public or permissioned, it depends on the use case desired.

Along his 30+ years at IBM he has published many patents, help found WebSphere software, and has testified in front of the US Government advising on the impact of digital currencies.

If you want to know something you have to find the original source of truth. Safe to say, I had all my questions answered clearly!


IBM Summit Program Experience – 7 – Recruiting at Universities

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Spent the weekend at the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University as part of the IBM Sponsor for the QBET Conference.
Last year I competed in the competition component, this year a judge!

It’s nice to go full circle. It happens at all stages of our lives. Babies grow up to be babysitters. Students become teachers. Children become parents. Sports players become coaches. Mentees become mentors. The guy competing in the case competition joins the company, rewrites the case instructions so it’s easier to cut, then comes back next year to judge it. Full circle ⭕.

You don’t always have to go and complete the loop – but it’s rewarding and a bit surreal when you do.

Had a good time watching students put together their best presentations, and was well taken care of by the team – ☕ Madeline Jackson & 📷 Jacob Wolfe!


IBM Summit Program Experience – 5 – Top Gun Systems & Platform

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Top Gun Award! ✅Ranked within Top 10% of scores in the final written examinations. The focus of this 5-day boot camp is 50% product training, 50% career education… and 100% free food at the hotel buffet!

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• Offerings we covered: Hardware (Data Processing, Data Storage), Cloud, Managed Services, Analytics, Business Automation, Blockchain, Financing Deals, Compliance, etc. 🎯
• Career topics we covered: Focus on putting your client first in building a long term business relationship – and your quota will take care of itself, how technical sales and salespeople support each other, managing your visibility as part of career advancement, and a day-in-the-life of an IBM NA Executive.

Always exceeding expectations with delightful surprises ; like a birthday cake being brought out for one of our classmates in the middle of the week, and a video from the class manager’s 8-year old daughter wishing us a great trip.

Looking into this crystal ball (cube), I foresee myself applying to come back as a speaker next year 🔮.

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