In the first Message from the Chair Stepping Into
the Hot Seat, I set the stage and commented on the whirlwind week I just
experienced. But, what got me here in
the first place, writing the fourth Message
from the Chair?
In 1973, with a year and one-half old MBA, wife and two children,
I was employed by a regional bank in management. Cool!
Good gig. The trouble was, they
found out I wasn’t a banker about a day or so before I found out I wasn’t going
to be a banker. Fired, yikes. What now?
Doing a Yellow Pages search (remember Yellow Pages, don’t you?)
for my next employment opportunity, I went shopping with my resume (no
‘Ladders.com’ then; just feet on the street) and, finally, was hired by an
owner of a boutique management consulting firm.
At the time, I knew him as an experienced management consultant who
accepted my skill set (finance) but not either my competency or my comportment
as a management consultant. Nonetheless,
for the next eight years I was with the firm and helped the owner, together
with others, grow it and serve some great clients in the Southeast. During my employment there he ‘hammered’ me on
consulting competencies and ethics – drilled them into me as only an ex-Naval
submariner could do. We traveled
together, working with clients together, but mostly he tested and trained
me. I was always under his watchful
tutelage (err… control). He was, for me
at the time, what every neophyte consultant hopes for – a true mentor.
As a result of his training and mentoring, I’ve been a management
consultant for the past 38 years, have been a member of IMC USA since the early
80’s and earned my CMC in October, 1988.
What’s the link to now? As
I remember, he was not only a founding father of an organization that
ultimately was one that morphed into the current IMC USA
but also a Certified Management Consultant (CMC).
I have remained in our career mostly due to his strength of character and
professionalism. Nathaniel Hill, thank you.
My volunteerism at both the Chapter level (Carolinas) and also
National (three years on the Board) has been my pay-back to his pay-forward.
What a role providence plays!
What’s your story? And, more
importantly, what role do you play in the development of the next management
consultant? What's your pay-forward?
Next up, the Leadership Summit.