Upstander or Bystander?

Scot Berkey ,  Board Member

Scot Berkey,

Board Member

Do you and your company drive people to be Bystanders or Upstanders?

Being an Upstander very often means standing alone, which takes guts, writes Jennifer Merritt, Editor in Chief, Digital at PwC. "Most people are Bystanders--not because they don't want to stand up, but because they're afraid to speak up, afraid of repercussions, don't observe the world around them enough, or simply because they don't know what to do or say in the moment. To be an Upstander among Bystanders takes courage and conviction."

Today's CIO's and their senior IT leadership are expected to be leaders in their organizations: to be Upstanders, not Bystanders. We are at the epicenter of nearly all corporate activity and we are uniquely positioned to provide value in ways that individual departments are not. We are responsible for the automating and integrating of business process across the enterprise, and in that role we should be seeing opportunities to positively impact our businesses in both small and large ways. What have you recently done to help your company?

SIM Chicago provides a professional network of senior technology executives who are travelling the same path you are travelling. Join us as a member if you are an IT executive practitioner and are not already a member, and if you are already a member, be sure to participate in SIM Chicago's events to meet your peers and so that we can all be more effective across the entirety of the Chicagoland technology community. Upcoming events include SIM's invite-only CIO Executive Roundtable on Friday September 28, and SIM's Annual Fall Gala that is open to members and non-members on Tuesday October 16 at the Union League Club of Chicago. I hope to see you at a SIM Chicago event soon.