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SIM New Extra - July 2015


In this issue
Leadership Spotlight: SIM Wichita, Ken Russell
Leader of the Year Nominations
Why Do You Procrastinate?
Invitation to Advanced Practices Council Meeting
Graduate RLF Program Graduates Initial Class
Record-Breaking Year for SIM's IT Trends Study!



Leadership Spotlight: SIM Wichita, Ken Russell
1.How did the idea of the SIM Wichita chapter start?
Great question.I’d been involved in starting a chapter before (Charlotte) and knew Wichita would be a great area for a new chapter.We have such a diverse technology environment, aviation, healthcare, data analytics, oil/gas … so much is in Wichita! I met so many IT leaders wanting to find a place to come together and share ideas.SIM is perfect for that!

2. Please provide an overview of the SIM Wichita chapter.
Where Innovation meets Implementation, where great ideas are born and take flight.There are so many things we can say, but the founding members of the chapter have something in common: we are all driven to share Wichita (and Wichita’s technology expertise and capabilities) with the rest of the nation!

3.What are your goals as the first President of the SIM Wichita chapter?
Build relationships!It all starts with connections and I hope our chapter will become known for helping IT leaders connect and find ways to collaborate.

4.What are the hottest trends in the industry?
I’d say Dynamic Data (not just Big Data), Technology Consumption (not just Technology Creation), how technology inventions are changing (and how we promote and protect intellectual property has to change too) . . . but the biggest of all trends seems to be Social Knowledge (how we harness an organization’s knowledge by leveraging Social Media Tools).

5.What challenges do you foresee as you build your chapter?
I’m sure this is common.... finding the time to connect.That’s a big reason we’ll be focusing on connecting with our membership in myriad ways and leveraging Social Media/Social Knowledge techniques.

6.What is the one piece of advice you will give the next President of the SIM Wichita chapter?To take time to just listen.To really listen to the needs and challenges of the IT Leaders in your community (maybe it’s recruiting, maybe cost containment, or something else entirely).There is always so much to learn just by listening authentically.

7.What is the one piece of advice you would give to someone who wants to start a SIM chapter? Don’t be discouraged by the process.It can be daunting, but know that there are people interested and available to help you.I couldn’t do this without the support from National SIM.


2015 Leader of the Year Award Nominations
SIM is pleased to request your participation in the 2015 SIM Leader of the Year Award program. This award recognizes members who contributed to the growth, advancement and excellence of SIM at the chapter level. If you know of a chapter member who went above and beyond to further their chapter, we encourage to nominate the individual. If your chapter selects a Chapter Member of the Year, you can nominate the same person for the 2015 SIM Leader of the Year!

The deadline to submit a nomination isAugust 3, and we hope to have at least one nomination from every SIM Chapter!The Leader of the Year award winner(s) will be honored a tSIMposium 2015 and receive a complimentary registration.We thank you in advance for your kind dedication, leadership and teamwork to help ensure that we can recognize your strongest SIM contributor(s) within the last 12 months.

  • Click HERE to view the Leader of the Year guidelines
  • Click HERE nominate an outstanding chapter member

If you would like to learn more about the Leader of the Year award program, please contract Vincenzo Nelli.

Why Do You Procrastinate?
Is it indecision, perfectionism, or the pain/pleasure principle?Perhaps you aren’t sure why you procrastinate…

Kit Welchlin, one of our SIMposium 2015 speakers, has a few things to say about procrastination --- and how to move from procrastination into action.Check out his free video blog. While you’re at it -- check out his book about Communication.

And, speaking of procrastination, if you haven’t registered for SIMposium 2015 yet – do so today!

Watch your inbox – our SIMposium 2015 mobile app is coming soon!

Invitation to Advanced Practices Council Meeting

If you are a senior IT executive looking to up your game, SIM's APC may be right for you. We expect to have a few member openings available for the 2016 program year. Please visit to learn more about how the APC can help you. Then consider coming as a guest to our upcomingSept. 30 - Oct. 1meeting in Philadelphia to meet APC members and experience first-hand the benefits of joining the APC. The agenda will include:


  • Innovation contests: the good, the bad and the valuable (Sam Ransbotham of Boston College and George Westerman of MIT)
  • Ambient organization/new way of organizing (Niels Bjorn-Andersen of Copenhagen Business School)
  • The human cloud (Erran Carmel of The American University)
  • The Strategic CIO (Phil Weinzimer)

Please contact APC's Director Madeline Weiss.


Graduate RLF Program Graduates Initial Class
The inaugural Graduate Regional Leadership Forum (G RLF) held its graduation ceremony on May 15, 2015.It marked the culmination of a highly successful and impactful program for 18 exceptional participants identified by their companies as top talent targeted for senior leadership from a cross-section of locations, industries, and RLF forums.Click HERE to see all the graduates.


They came to four 2-day sessions held over eight months at the Babson Executive Conference Center near Boston from California, Texas, Missouri, Illinois, Michigan, Georgia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Massachusetts. Their companies represented industries as diverse as Healthcare and Manufacturing, Pharmaceuticals and Financial Services, Insurance and Entertainment, and Food and Transportation. Read more…


Record-Breaking Year for SIM's IT Trends Study!
Austin, Arizona, and Albany exceed 50% in Chapter Challenge!!

Thanks to the commitment, experience, and knowledge of its members, SIM’s 36th Anniversary IT Trends Study received a total of 1218 responses representing 23.56% of all SIM members.This eclipses last year’s participation rate (1002 responses, 22.1%) and helps ensure we can continue to keep “taking the pulse of IT”.

We have already begun analyzing data and look forward to sending all participants their personal report in late September or early October.The 36 participants who won a $250 gift card have been notified too.We will also be presenting results at SIMposium 2015 and releasing the Comprehensive Report at that time.We hope to see you there! Read more…





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