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What is the greatest value you get out of your CIO/CTO meetings?

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Brian Comerford SVP IT Strategy, Governance & Innovation

Peers Working Through Challenges

Direct discussion with peers working through similar challenges. Most importantly the format - love the share-approach with "bottlenecks" and subsequent ideation.

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Scott Smeester Corporate Interim CIO

Questions That are Challenging

The greatest value I get is seeing how my experienced and smart peers evaluate the complex and unique problems presented. Successful and high profile CIOs and IT executive members ask questions that are challenging from a level of understanding I've not seen anywhere else.

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Jeff Cann CIO - Encore Electric

Invaluable and Actionable Feedback

I have left each session with invaluable and actionable feedback that I take back into my company to make things better.

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Jeremy D. Sibert Director of Technology - Hensel Phelps

Overcoming Challenges

Finding a consistent group of peers from various industries to share challenges and discuss strategies to overcome those challenges helps to enhance the value that each of us bring to our respective firms.

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Jeff Cann CIO - Encore Electric

The Extensive Wisdom and Experience

Our mastermind group contains extensive wisdom and experience that both overlaps and is distinct from my own experience. I rely on the unique insights from other members to help me creatively solve the [unique situational problem].

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Jeff Cann CIO - Encore Electric

Trust and Faith in My Other Members

I think what’s most important for me is the trust and faith I have in my fellow mastermind CIOs. I know that they understand the demands of our jobs and this enables them to track the nuances and understand implications of the [unique situational problem].

Why should a CIO, CTO or IT exec consider a CIO/CTO specific peer advisory group?

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Jeff Cann CIO - Encore Electric

Multiply Your Effectiveness

You can multiply your effectiveness using the collective wisdom of your extraordinary peers.

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Brian Comerford SVP IT Strategy, Governance & Innovation

No Better Way to Learn Effective Leadership

The 2 reasons above, plus there is simply no better way to learn effective leadership than direct interaction with other leaders IMO. This forum provides that. The interaction was sincere, passionate, and informed by collective experience. Really great group dynamic.

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Brian Comerford SVP IT Strategy, Governance & Innovation

Informed Perspectives

With 1) the pace of technology, and 2) the variety of means to "skin a cat", CIO Mastermind provides a broad set of informed perspectives that can enlarge the stakeholders own thinking about how they might approach a challenge.

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Jeremy D. Sibert Director of Technology - Hensel Phelps

A Safe and Challenging Forum of Peers

I would tell another IT exec that if they are looking for a focused group of cross-industry IT executive peers to bounce challenges and ideas off of, and are willing to be a contributor as much as a participant, that our CIO/CTO mastermind is something they should consider.

What is unique and different about your experience at CIO/CTO Mastermind Think Tank Brain Trust meetings?

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Scott Smeester Corporate Interim CIO

Meaningful Time with Valuable Technology Executives

The ability to spend meaningful time with busy and valuable CIOs and CTOs in the interest of delivering impactful and measurable results to our stakeholders can't be experienced at networking events and CIO summits.

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Brian Comerford SVP IT Strategy, Governance & Innovation

Incorporating Agile to Guide Sessions

Bottlenecks - first use of this approach I've experienced at one of these types of meetups. Love the added incorporation of agile - the time-boxing around the share I think helps keep the session guided and moving along effectively.

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Jeremy D. Sibert Director of Technology - Hensel Phelps

Committed Members

I appreciate the emphasis [that CIOCTO MmTTBT puts] on interviewing member candidates to ensure the highest level of commitment from members. It is far too easy to join a peer group and then let your day job prevent commitment to the group. A great job is done guiding members to contribute during and in between meetings. I also value the 'agile' format focused on the members helping each other overcome bottlenecks so we can bring more value to our firms.

Why should a CEO, CFO or stakeholder have their highest technology executive get involved with a peer advisory group specific to CIOs and CTOs?

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Brian Comerford SVP IT Strategy, Governance & Innovation

No Better Way to Learn Effective Leadership

The 2 reasons above, plus there is simply no better way to learn effective leadership than direct interaction with other leaders IMO. This forum provides that. The interaction was sincere, passionate, and informed by collective experience. Really great group dynamic.

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Jeff Cann CIO - Encore Electric

Take Your Technology to the Next Level

[A CIO/CTO specific peer advisory group] can help your CIO take your company to the next level of using Information Technology as a competitive advantage and strategic asset.

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Brian Comerford SVP IT Strategy, Governance & Innovation

Informed Perspectives

With 1) the pace of technology, and 2) the variety of means to "skin a cat", CIO Mastermind provides a broad set of informed perspectives that can enlarge the stakeholders own thinking about how they might approach a challenge.

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Jeremy D. Sibert Director of Technology - Hensel Phelps

Bringing More to the Table

I would tell a CEO or stakeholder that if they want their CIO/IT exec to bring more to the table as it relates to company strategy and keeping pace with the quickly evolving role of technology in business, that they should consider having their CIO/IT exec get involved [with a CIO/CTO specific peer advisory group].

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