Almost on a weekly basis at IBM, I am being asked to speak about social eminence to groups of IBMers and clients.
They all want to know how to become personally eminent, and how to maintain this position once you are.
I estimate that since I joined IBM, I have presented to over 5,000 IBMers on this topic, sometimes in large groups of between 300-700 people at a time.
I am very flattered that I am asked to present on this important topic, and I see the role of education in this space invaluable, and also one of IBM’s competitive advantages.
So how do you become socially eminent?
The quick answer is that it doesn’t happen overnight. My own journey started some 31 years ago, when I started using bulletin boards (BBS) in 1983 in my hometown of Adelaide, Australia.
I knew that I was hooked on this “online” thing back then when my Father had to install a second phone line at home because I was always using our single phone line to dial-up (using my 300bps analog modem) to the Angle Park Computing Centre’s bank of 5 modems to connect to their “Nexus” BBS.