Tuesday, December 31, 2013

How to Transform a Manager to an inspirational Leader

General Meeting

Tuesday, January 14, 2014


Keller Graduate School of Management

Chicago Loop Center

225 West Washington Street

Chicago, IL  60606

Room 707 and 708

Corner of Washington and Franklin streets


5:00 to 5:30 PM Networking

5:30 to 7:00 PM Presentation

"How to Transform a Manager to an inspirational Leader"

Dr. Kalaras  will engage the audience in an interactive simulation of managerial leadership, followed-on with a thought provoking dialogue on how does one transform from being a good manager to an inspirational leader. Several of his books are on Amazon. He has been recognized by UNESCO as “Professor Of The Year 1999” and between the years of 2005 & 2009 he served on the President’s Business Advisory Council under President George W. Bush. His effective and inspiring style of consulting has touched thousands in 17 countries.

Saturday, November 02, 2013

Proliferating Content vs. Copyright

Please join KM Chicago on Tuesday, November 12 at 5:30 pm for a discussion on the obligations of intellectual property protection in knowledge management systems. Our discussion will be led by Erwin Cruz, Director of Intellectual Property Strategy and Management at W.W. Grainger. Erwin brings a solidly real world view of copyright issues in the corporate world and a passion for finding legal, ethical, and pragmatic solutions to what can be challenging situations.

Organizations are awash in content. Some of that content finds its way onto the open Internet. At the same time, external content is posted internally. And all of this content is accessed via a multitude of devices. In this environment, organizations are faced with finding innovative ways to protect their own content and to stay copyright compliant regarding content produced by others. This discussion will reflect on some of the challenges organizations are facing regarding copyright protections.

Erwin Cruz has over 20 years experience in the supply chain distribution industry. His areas of expertise are in strategy, innovation, intellectual property development, enterprise architecture, continuous improvement, business process management, human capital development, with line of business operational leadership experience in sales, customer service, finance/accounting, and supply chain logistics.

Everyone with an interest in these issues is invited to join us on November 12. Meeting details are on the right.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Knowledge Transfer: Kathy Hagen has a packed agenda for Oct 8

Knowledge Transfer: Retaining Expertise When the Experts Leave

Register now for KM consultant Kathy Hagen's jam-packed training/discussion session on facilitating knowledge transfer in various workplace situations. Learn how to capture critical knowledge, information and insights before it is lost to staff retirements or reorganizations.

The workshop is Tues Oct 8 from noon to 5 at 200 S. Wacker in Chicago. It's being brought to you by KM Chicago and SLA Illinois with sponsorship from Threshold Information. www.threshinfo.com

This class will help you build awareness of and develop practical skills to identify, assess and transfer business critical knowledge. We will also review how to scope a potential knowledge transfer project, including contracting and setting expectations.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Illini Center– Orange & Blue Room
200 S. Wacker 1st floor, Chicago, IL
Fee: $60
Boxed lunch included

Questions? Email Alisun DeKock (alisundekock@gmail.com) or Cynthia Lesky (cynthia.lesky@threshinfo.com)


Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Tues, 9/10: Applied KM in the Federal Government

At 5:30 on Tuesday, September 10, Dave Simmons will help KM Chicago kick-off a new season of programs. He'll be speaking about his focus on applied knowledge management in his work in the General Services Administration.

Applied Knowledge Management is an approach to organizing information so that users can find information they need that is trusted, up-to-date, and relevant to their needs. Dave will lead us through the process that his team developed to achieve this end and describe some of the lessons learned from that experience. 

Dave Simmons is a Knowledge Management Specialist for the U.S. General Services Administration. He has worked in both the private and public sectors in knowledge management, software design and development, library administration, and business process management for 25 years.

Anyone involved with knowledge management or with a strong interest is welcome to attend and participate in KM Chicago meetings. During fall 2013, meetings will be held in downtown Chicago at 11 East Madison. Call in participants are also welcome. Details are in the right-hand columm. 

Friday, July 26, 2013

Oct. 8 Knowledge transfer workshop. Register now!

Knowledge Transfer: Retaining Expertise When the Experts Leave

Registration is now open for the joint SLA Illinois and KM Chicago workshop with Kathy Hagen on facilitating knowledge transfer in various workplace situations. 

Does it often seem that the only constant is change in your workplace? How can you capture the hard won critical knowledge, information, expertise, insights and wisdom before it is lost to staff retirements or reorganization? 

This class will help you build awareness of and develop practical skills to identify, assess and transfer business critical knowledge. We will also review how to scope a potential knowledge transfer project, including contracting and setting expectations.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Illini Center – Orange & Blue Room
200 S. Wacker 1st floor, Chicago, IL
Fee: $60
Boxed lunch included

Questions? Email Alisun DeKock (alisundekock@gmail.com) or Cynthia Lesky (cynthia.lesky@threshinfo.com)

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

KM Chicago Summer Outing 2013

Please join us for KM Chicago's annual summer outing July 9th, 2013. We have planned an evening on the river, with an architectural boat tour, followed by dinner at Howells and Hood, which is within walking distance from the Wendella Dock.  

We will meet at 5:30pm at Wendella Dock (on the north side of the river at the base of the Wrigley Building) and they begin boarding at 5:45pm. The boat departs at 6pm. Please purchase your tickets in advance for the 90 minute combined river and lake tour; ticket prices are $26.60+tax for adults: http://www.wendellaboats.com/experience/lakeandrivertour.aspx

Be sure to purchase your tickets for the correct date and time.

After the boat tour, we will walk over to Howells and Hood for dinner and conversation. http://www.howellsandhood.com/ The average price for dinner and a drink is $25.

If you are planning to join us for dinner, please send a note to Jen Faist.  That way we can have a count and let the restaurant know how many people will be coming.  They do not take reservations but some advanced warning of larger parties will speed our seating.  

On behalf of KM Chicago, we hope you can join us for this special evening on the river. If you have any questions, please contact Jen Faist at jennifer_faist@gensler.com

Thursday, May 23, 2013

You Know Your IQ, But What’s Your CQ?

How Developing Your Change Intelligence Empowers You to Lead Organizational Change

Are you frustrated that no matter what you try, your change projects seem to either fail outright or produce gains that don’t last?  The reality is that most changes do fail. As many as 70% of organizational change initiatives fall short of expectations.  As a knowledge management professional, your career progress hinges on your ability to lead successful and sustainable change. 

In this presentation, you’ll get introduced to how to get beyond the buzzwords and leverage a proven formula for change.  The CQ System for Developing Change Intelligence is based on decades of change leadership  in the workplace, years of conducting global research on managing change, and deep study into the psychology and neuroscience of change.  Through real-life examples you’ll learn how to:
Engage the brain, inspire the heart, and motivate the hands to get people moving in positive, new directions so change sticks
Diagnose your own Change Intelligence, and appreciate the strengths and blind spots of your Change Leadership Style
Develop your CQ to drive change that gets results, recoups your investment, and makes a bottom line difference for your organization, team and career
Emerge as a more competent and confident – and less stressed and frustrated – leader of change 

Presenter  -  Barbara A. Trautlein, Ph.D.
Barbara is principal and founder of Change Catalysts, author of the book Change Intelligence®:  How Developing Your CQ® Helps You Lead Organizational Change and originator of the CQ/Change Intelligence System. For over 25 years, Barbara has conducted workshops for thousands of participants, coached many dozens of people from CEOs to union workers, and facilitated over a dozen mission-critical multi-year change management initiatives - achieving bottom-line business and powerful personal results for clients.  She is gifted at sharing strategies and tactics that are accessible, actionable, and immediately applicable.  Her blend of research and real-world expertise makes her an in-demand speaker at conferences in North America, South America, Asia, and Africa.  Barbara has a unique ability to connect with her audiences, from C-level executives in Fortune 50 organizations to front line employees, and across industries, from steel mills to sales teams, refineries to retail outlets, and healthcare to high tech.  Clients served include Baxter Healthcare, CareerBuilder, Catholic Health System, Ford Motor Company, the NYPD, and United Airlines.  Barbara holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology from the University of Michigan. 

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Lean Six Sigma & Innovation

Please join KM Chicago on Tuesday, May 14th at 5:30pm in the Loop for a conversation about Lean Six Sigma, Innovation and Knowledge Management. 

Praveen Gupta, President of Accelper Consulting, and Director of IIT Center for Innovation Science and Applications will lead the discussion on Six Sigma implementations. 

Most Lean implementations have been used to reduce waste in operations. Deploying Lean has led to cost savings, and excess capacity in equipment and human resources. Leadership and stakeholders expect financial returns.  Utilizing Lean aggressively for reducing waste has also resulted in ignorance of the need for business growth requiring innovation. Hence Lean without innovation would result in profit in a shrinking business. This scenario does not appear a viable solution for businesses in the long.
Operational performance accounts for about 10% of the corporate performance. In order to maximize benefits of Lean Six Sigma, corporations must focus on business development by introducing new products or services.
Lean Innovation is a framework that improves efficiency and effectiveness of the innovation process based on best practices of great innovators. Lean Innovation framework reduces waste in the innovation process for accelerating innovation and increasing return on investment in innovation. This way additional capacity is utilized for realizing business growth instead of downsizing businesses.
During the Lean Innovation presentation attendees will learn about Lean Six Sigma Scorecard, new rules of creativity and a new ideation process in for effective Lean Six Sigma deployment. Also, using knowledge management to sustain innovation and business performance.
About Praveen Gupta
Praveen Gupta is a pioneer in Six Sigma methodology, an instructor for Just-in-Time principles and the chief architect of the breakthrough innovation framework (Brinnovation™). Praveen is a Director of Center for Innovation Science and Applications at IIT Chicago. He has taught innovation courses at Illinois Institute of Technology and University of Illinois, Chicago. Praveen has worked at Motorola and AT&T Bell Telephone Laboratories. As a consultant at Accelper Consulting he has worked with dozens of organizations.

Praveen has authored several
including Stat Free Six Sigma for leaning the Six Sigma methodology, The Innovation Solution for leaning innovation process, and Six Sigma Business Scorecard for leaning Balanced Scorecard.