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6/10 Morning Meeting

TLA Friday June 10th Morning Meeting
Technology Leaders Association (TLA) was established in 2002 to help senior level IT executives develop and manage their careers.  As part of this effort, we hold monthly meetings to network, share ideas, and learn from featured guest speakers in the strategy, information technology, and career management fields. 
Our speaker for June is Jim McGee who will present "
What lightweight collaboration technologies are telling us about knowledge work".
Collaboration tools such as Slack, Trello, Basecamp, and Github are grabbing attention and market share. Are they lightweight toys impeding the deployment of real tools like Sharepoint and Yammer or do they deeper insight and wisdom about the future of knowledge work and collaboration? What do we need to understand about knowledge work and collaboration to meet the challenges of today’s environment? While digital tools made us individually more productive, they also made our collective work invisible. You can’t manage what you can’t see; these new tools succeed by once again making knowledge work visible, observable, and therefore manageable. In this interactive discussion, we will explore these tools and what they tell us about the future of work.
Date:  Friday, June 9th
Where:  Ensono (formerly Acxiom), located at 3333 Finley Road in Downers Grove (8 story building)
Cost:  No charge
SPECIAL NOTE: Ensono has closed their cafe - This is therefore a "BRING YOUR OWN COFFEE" Event!!!!
Special thanks to Ensono employee Deb Holt for hosting us this month.
For security reasons, all TLA members must be escorted throughout the Ensono facility.  Please do not leave the conference room without an escort.
For reservations, (1) Please sign up online on the TLA website ( under 'Events' - or, if you don't have access to the website, (2) Please reply to with your name and telephone number.
For location information:  Contact Jim Anfield
Reservations must be made before noon on Thursday, June 9th with the first 80 reservations accepted.  No walk-ins please.
If you have reserved and are unable to attend, as a courtesy to our host Ensono, please send a note to Pat Moroney at
Ensono is located near the intersection of I-355 and I-88 in Downers Grove.  Get off the Butterfield Road exit of I-355 and go east to Finley Road.  Go south on Finley Road for about a half-mile and Ensono is located on the east side of Finley.  Go to the main entrance of the eight-story building for check-in.  Do not go to the other four-story Ensono building.  Parking is available just west of the eight-story building in the parking lot.

7:00am - 7:15am                    Check-in and coffee
7:15am - 8:30am                    Structured networking - 2 table rounds
8:30am - 8:40am                    Announcements
8:40am - 9:30am                    Jim McGee
9:30am                                   Adjourn
Structured Networking
Structured networking is a technique used at most major executive transition groups.  It is meant to be a powerful method of generating ideas that might help each of our searches.  During this process, we will quickly brainstorm potential job lead ideas, gain networking contacts at desired companies, and generate advice from the members by sharing our backgrounds as well as our career objectives.  It is designed to generate ideas, but given the time constraints, not get into immediate detailed discussions.  You should plan on following up with anybody who may have had an interesting idea or a good contact.
Please bring business cards, handbills (career overview) or resumes (plain paper is fine) to pass around if you have them.  Figure on about 20 copies of the resumes/handbills and 50 business cards.
We will run our networking, dividing the room into small tables of a maximum of 8 people and doing 2 table rotations before our speaker begins.  At each rotation, you will have 90 seconds for your pitch and about 90 seconds for Q&A.  Spend no more than 1/3 summarizing your past (this is not the time to rehash your resume), then spend about 1/3 on what you are looking for and 1/3 on what we can do to help (such as target contacts) or ask for advice on an issue.
Speaker Bio
Jim helps organizations and individuals better understand and exploit the dynamic, and often chaotic, information and information technology environment that we inhabit. This requires digging beneath the surface noise to understand the driving principles of organizational performance, technology evolution and revolution, and human behavior.

Over a 30-year span, Jim has attacked these problems as a consultant, organizational designer, senior executive, author, teacher, and entrepreneur. He's also earned a living as an electrician, carpenter, stagehand, computer programmer, and dog catcher.

Jim was a Founding Partner and Chief Knowledge Officer of Diamond Management & Technology Consultants, a Research Associate at the Harvard Business School, and a Clinical Professor of Technology, Innovation, and Electronic Commerce at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. He currently teaches courses in organization and management at Loyola’s Quinlan School of Business.

Jim is the co-author of Think Inside the Box: Discover the Exceptional Business Inside Your Organization and of Managing Information Strategically (John Wiley & Sons, 1993).

Jim has both an MBA and Doctorate from the Harvard Business School in strategy, technology, and organizational design.

Date of Event: 
06/10/2016 - 7:00am - 9:30am