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SIM New Extra - September 2015


September 2015



In This Issue
Leadership Spotlight: June Drewry, RLF Director
Time Is Running Out
SIM Launches New Executive RLF Program
APC Masters of Change Report Now Available to SIM Members
IT Trends Study Finds IT Spending Up for Fourth Year!


Leadership Spotlight: June Drewry, RLF Director

1. What are your leadership roles within SIM?
Currently, I am one of four Directors of the RLF program.  I am in charge of finances and admin services, as well as the Management Council representative.  I am also a Facilitator for the Southeast forum, held in St Petersburg, Florida.  This year we have 32 participants in the SE forum, half of them from Florida.  In the past, I served SIM as chapter president (2 different chapters, over the years) and two terms as President of SIM.  I am also a member of the Central Florida Chapter.


2. Provide an overview of the programs/chapters you are involved in.
The Regional Leadership Forum program is over 20 years old.  It started small, with the purpose of developing leadership capabilities for members of SIM and their staff.  It has grown to encompass 10 locations, graduating nearly 300 people this year.  Read more...


3. What are the latest trends in leadership development and how does the RLF differ from other leadership programs?
If you look at SIM's latest survey listing the top 10 skills for CIO success, nearly all of the top 10 are items we touch on in RLF.  Leadership was the top skill listed.  People management / relationships, oral communications, collaboration with others / teamwork, emotional intelligence, honesty / credibility, and change management (developing and using influence power in RLF) are all topics we cover and practice.  Read more...


4. Is the RLF currently facing any challenges?  If so, what are they and how will the RLF overcome them?
Getting the word out and opening new doors is always a challenge.  Once a sponsor sends someone through RLF and sees the payback to their company, they return year after year.  But opening new doors is a challenge.  This is where chapters can help.  In my current chapter, Central Florida, some of the scholarship money has been dedicated each year to helping a member attend RLF.  Read more..


5. What is one piece of advice you would give someone considering a leadership development program. 
If you care about developing capabilities that are necessary to accomplish anything today, attend RLF.  If you want to develop your team members, send them to RLF.  If you are not yet comfortable with what RLF does, visit a session and see for yourself. Everyone is welcome to visit.

Read the entire article HERE.


Time is Running Out

The good news:  there are still some rooms available in our room block for SIMposium 2015 in Charlotte – at the fantastic rate of $129/night!

The bad news:  the block is filling up quickly.  If you have not made your hotel reservations, do so today to lock in the great rate.  There are two ways to book your room.  Click HERE to use online booking, or call Le Meridien directly at 1-704-372-9610 and mention the SIMposium 2015 Conference.

And for those who haven’t registered for the conference yet – click HERE to register.  
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SIM Launches New Executive RLF
Six-Month Program Focuses On Building Leaders’ Executive Capacities



The 4,000 graduates of SIM’s ten Regional Leadership Forum (RLF) programs have a new option for continuing their transformational journey of personal and professional development – the Executive RLF.  The six-month program will enable senior leaders to build their executive capacities through a highly-experiential curriculum focused on enhancing capabilities at the executive level.

The 2016 Executive RLF has evolved from last year’s inaugural Graduate RLF program, and is designed and led by CIO Hall of Fame member Darwin John, prominent RLF facilitator Bart Bolton and strategic change consultant / executive coach Mary Jo Greil.  John is one of the leaders who created the RLF program more than two decades ago. Read more..

APC Masters of Change Report Now Available to SIM Members

Although technology has the power to transform organizations, success depends in many cases on creating deep and sustaining change in the organization's culture. It depends on integrating people, procedures, and technology - so all focus on providing the best customer experience today and into the future. The most valued CIOs are skilled in executing such transformations, going well beyond managing technology to leading cultural change. This report describes successful cultural change initiatives at five APC member firms: Allstate Insurance, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Computer Aid, Constellation Brands, and Verisk Analytics. Download the report from the SIM Online Store

Join all five APC members at SIMposium on November 2 to hear their stories and insights.

IT Trends Study Finds IT Spending Up for Fourth Year!

In this year’s IT Trends Study, IT spending as a percentage of total revenue averaged 5.30%.  This is up from 5.15% last year, the highest percentage ever reported, and the fourth consecutive year above the ten-year moving average.  The median of 2.82% is an indication of the diversity among SIM member organizations, both in terms of size and industry. Read more...






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