The Value of a SIM Membership

SIM Boston 2016 EMag

8 Membership The Value of a SIM Membership “It’s all about the network.” Many SIM members have said those words, and in many respects that is a true statement. In their article “How Leaders Create and Use Networks”, published in The Harvard Business review, Herminia Ibarra and Mark Hunter observe that “successful leaders have a nose of opportunity and a knack for knowing whom to tap to get things done. These qualities depend on a set of strategic networking skills that non-leaders rarely possess.” They go on to say that “all managers need to build good working relationships with the people who can help them do their jobs.” They “Discovered that three distinct but interdependent forms of networking – operational, personal, and strategic” were required by leaders. They “observed that once aspiring leaders…awaken to the dangers of an excessively internal focus, they begin to seek kindred spirits outside their organizations. Simultaneously, they become award of the limitations of their social skills, such as a lack of knowledge about professional domains beyond their own, which makes it difficult for them to find common ground with people outside their usual circles. Through professional associations, alumni groups, clubs, and personal interest communities, managers gain new perspectives that allow them to advance in their careers. This is what we mean by personal networking”. Since 1968, SIM has been highly regarded as the premier network for IT leadership. The purpose of a personal network is to enhance personal and professional development and to provide referrals to contacts and useful information. Clearly SIM serves as a personal network for our members, but it also rises to the challenge of being a strategic network to our members. SIM Boston’s members represent a very committed group of IT Professionals dedicated to: SIM BOSTON • www.simboston.org “ My experiences with SIM have been invaluable to me. I have been able to keep up with all the latest technology trends by attending regular meetings, which has made me more effective in my job. I have made many strong relationships within the technology field here in Boston and throughout the country, which has greatly increased my network. Because of my involvement with Boston’s Outreach efforts, I truly feel that I have made my little contribution to making the world a better place. Joining SIM was one of the best things I ever did!” Patricia M. Randall Director of Membership, SIM National & Trustee, Boston Chapter Client Relationship Partner, Kforce Technology • Enhance their careers within IT • Improve their knowledge and skills in their current Senior IT Management positions • Contribute to the growth of the IT Industry, and • Support programs to attract new talent into the profession (through educational programs, community outreach, and academic scholarships). SIM is a community of thought leaders who share experiences and rich intellectual capital, and who explore future IT directions. SIM Boston, founded in 1977, is the largest and most active SIM chapter and the second chapter founded. Several of the founding members are still actively involved in the leadership of the chapter and we are proud that our chapter often sets the direction as the leader in SIM nationally. While we are officially “SIM


SIM Boston 2016 EMag
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