In this issue
SIM Leadership Spotlight: SIM Minnesota, Brian Carlson
1.Please provide an overview of the SIM Minnesota chapter.
Our chapter, founded over 25 years ago, has about 45 members and represents both the Twin Cities and surrounding communities.Our furthest member drives 150 miles roundtrip. Read more…
2.What are your goals for your term as the President of the SIM Minnesota chapter?
As President of SIM Minnesota, I have the following goals:Increase membership and retain existing members, increase the number of members attending our excellent programs... Read more…
3.What are the hottest trends in the industry?
From my viewpoint, the hottest trends in the IT industry are:
•Security – protection of company assets
4.What challenges is your chapter currently facing?
Exemplify. Empower. Educate
Our very own SIM Women, along with an impressive Advisory Council, has put together a one-day Leadership conference!
But this event is NOT for women only --- it’s for ALL SIM leaders and their teams!
The conference is designed to provide insights for all levels of leadership to today’s challenges and opportunities:
• You’ve reached the top --- now what?What’s your next career move?
Exclude the experts from your next creative brainstorming session!
Sounds counter-intuitive, doesn’t it?
We all know him – the guy (or gal) who sits on one side of the conference table and doesn’t say much – at first.
Maybe he’s worked for the company for 1000 years, in every area of the company, and knows where all the bodies are buried.Or maybe he’s that IT guru the company hired a few years back – the guy who has done AMAZING things with the technology.
In any case, there’s always a guy (or gal) – a dream crusher – who throws a bucket of ice water on every new idea by saying things like:
• Can’t be done
• We tried that already, and it didn’t work
• Our systems aren’t sophisticated enough to handle that
•We’d need an upgrade, but the upgrade was slashed from the budget
IT Trends Study Deadline is Fast Approaching!
Everyone who completes the questionnaire will (1) receive a personalized and confidential report comparing their responses to those of their fellow SIM members, (2) be entered into a drawing for one of 36 $250 gift cards (AmEx), and (3) help their chapter compete for its share of $16,000 in cash prizes (and bragging rights) in the Chapter Challenge Contest.
Free Downloads of APC Reports to SIM Members
Want the most up-to-date research? Want to be in the room when it is reported to APC members? Click HERE to learn more about joining the APC.
Where Does Your Personal Compass Point?RLF Suggested Reading
True North by Bill George (with Peter Sims) is an excellent book for anyone wanting to understand more about the essence of effective leadership and what makes SIM’s Regional Leadership Forum (RLF) program a unique and exceptional leadership development program – to get “a taste of RLF.”
Few books capture the "essence" of RLF – authentic leadership – as well as True North.Even the title reflects the compass pointing to “true north” in the RLF graduation rock. Most of George’s key ideas are woven into the fabric of the RLF curriculum. Read more...
2015 Leader of the Year Award Nominations
If you would like to learn more about the Leader of the Year award program, please contract Vincenzo Nelli.
Did you know!? You can view past and future event registrations in your profile?Log in to your SIMnet account and Event Registrations is listed under Invoicing, Payments & History