Art Miller, Jr.

Art Miller Jr.

Art Miller Jr.
Phone: 860.868.0115

As a transplanted young attorney, promoted to manage a large, complex human resources and labor relations function, Art Miller soon realized that the nature of the employee was clouded in mystery. Psychology abhorred research of the individual , and had failed in their statistical ways to shed light on human nature other than question whether the person had an inborn nature of any consequence. Decisions to hire and promote  were ruled by guesstimate, probability, appearance, assumption, and impression. So job mismatch became the norm, deemed excusable because of  the wish-list belief fostered by psychology that people were putty-like and could be shaped or reshaped to fit a need, desire or circumstance.

Art left his decade- long experience managing HR and began a research odyssey seeking to solve the mystery of individual human nature. He did something few if any  other investigators have attempted. He began what turned out to be a continuing research odyssey exclusively focused on the individual person, By exploring lived motivated experience, he sought to understand what was going on when individuals pursued something they were good at doing and found enjoyable or satisfying.

As founder of what is now SIMA International Inc, Art Miller solved much of the mystery of our nature as individuals and made significant advances in our understanding of God. These discoveries enabled him to develop a  technology which brought his discoveries within the reach of practitioners in the corporate, religious and educational worlds. Where there was ignorance and prevailing unconcern about the nature, health, welfare and destiny of the employee. the student, the church member…

  1. He developed a science of the person (SIMA*) which could access the heart and mind of individuals, identify what  had been embodied in their soul and engage them  in a process of learning, of working, and of spiritual development.
  2. He discovered that every person was born endowed with a behavior Pattern which governed the way they tried to live, including a specific outcome or consummation to achieve so  each one had a purpose to fulfill in life.
  3. He discovered that such Patterns had a five part structure, the same kind of content, and behavioral dynamics, but each Pattern was unique in its details.
  4. He discovered that the Pattern provides a clear understanding and explanation of the nature of individuals and predicts thei performance and acceptable social behavior.
  5. He and his colleagues developed a taxonomy in the mid 70’s of several hundred  coded behavioral elements remaining useful to the present day.
  6. He discovered a number of principles or operating characteristics common to Patterns:  organic; innate; systemic; stable; irrepressible and predictive; precocious; amoral; and they control  perception of reality ( e.g. how any job is attempted); trigger and sustain achievements; cause emotional reactions; and color feelings.*SIMA is the System for identifying Motivated Abilities. named in 1963 because NASA insisted on a name for the system they were abut to use for the next 15 years.
  7. Enabled and encouraged by Ralph Mattson’s imaginative but utterly sound understanding of God’s nature, Art concluded that the only source for such innately predetermined behavior Patterns had to be God.
    • * In the early years, as they continued to discover such Patterns in every one studied, they couldn’t imagine a natural explanation to explain any feature of the phenomena. Consider the feat of designing a person whose unique mix of competencies were boggling enough. But then consider that there were up to 25 such behavioral elements uniquely functioning as a system in a series of unfolding sequences. When you then realized that every Pattern had the same structure, kind of content and behavioral dynamics, yet each Pattern was unique, God was the only one left standing. Natural explanations had nothing to say about the complex phenomena that was uniquely, systemically functioning in each person.
  8. These discoveries led to a conclusion that the Pattern was embodied in the person’s heart, mind, will and soul.  So any thinking, feeling, deciding, imagining, creating and doing/performing were governed by what God  had invested in each one. The issue of loving others as we love ourselves and  loving God with all our heart and all our mind and all our soul draws on what we do with what we were given. Bottom line: God loves us without reservation. God endows us without our meeting a requirement or standard. God invests in us so we might fully give the unique love we were given.

Over many years, Art and his colleagues worked, one-at-a-time, with  many thousands of men and women of diverse ages, race, educational, social and religious backgrounds. Yet, the same facts emerged whether they were dealing with students or staff at a college, employees or management in a corporation, pastors or congregants of a church.

Of all the discoveries, what offers the greatest benefit to humanity and its institutions of education. work, religion and family is that Art discovered God’s plan for human kind. It is that plan which is available to transform our struggling educational systems, our grievous matching of employees and jobs; the irrelevance of church to the working life of members and the rebellion of children to civilized behavior

What will hasten that transformation in all four venues is recognition that every student, employee, congregant is unique and can achieve their glorious destiny if  their uniqueness is respected by their teachers, employers, clergy. parents (and coaches),

Biographers who helped Art develop the new science and technology are Art Miller III, Don Kiehl, Rick Wellock, Kim Miller, Ralph Mattson, John Paris, Nick and Judy Isbister, Joshua Miller, Steve Darter, Suz Grimes and Mark Stevenson. Funding of the work has only been possible through the success, prayers and patience of Rob Stevenson, Tommy Thomas,  and ‘ get the job done’, Ron Evans. Art’s’ clients during the discovery and development period, ( heavy lifting performed by the Biographers and many intrepid unnamed Consultants ), were the following:

  • NASA – assessed 150 mid- and upper-level managers at headquarters, Langley, Ames, and Goddard Research Centers, and Wallops Flight Center; simplified the national program for recruiting 3,000 scientists and engineers for the space program.
  • McDonnell Douglas – provided a “content-rich method” of generating data to use in promotions, succession, and organizational planning of several hundred executives.
  • DuPont – provided a method for determining suitable career direction of engineers hired to be on a fast-track.
  • Merck – used SIMA® in  a significant reengineering effort, and counseling of executives
  • IBM – in workshop settings over a decade. enabled engineers to identify their suitability for management
  • Illinois Blue Cross – used SIMA®
  • London Bus and The Anglian Water Authority – enabled transition from public to private ownership of key managers
  • Amoco – used SIMA®
  • Monsanto – used over a period of years in evaluating key personnel and facilitated the opening of a new plant and product line.
  • Connecticut General – provided the basis for more reliable hiring and promotion decisions, career planning and development, diagnosis of performance failures, and conflict resolution.
  • New York Life – identified the motivated competencies unique to successful large city managers.
  • Wesley Medical Center – identified the motivated competencies in candidates for the head nurse role.
  • North American Philips – evaluate candidates for executive roles.
  • Upjohn – made significant contributions to career planning applications, and trained staff in the use of SIMA®
  • Rohm & Haas – improve the understanding of key scientists; trained staff at the general management level to use SIMA®
  • The American Society for Quality and Disney Development– provided SIMA®

Art is the author of a variety of articles and essays. He is best known as co-author with Ralph Mattson of The Truth About You (two seperate editions)  and Finding a Job You Can Love, and The Power of Uniqueness (with Bill Hendricks)

Northwestern University, Bachelor of Science; juris Doctor of Law