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Ethics and An Update

Posted By David T. Norman CMC, Thursday, June 2, 2011
Two quick things for an update.

Ethics

Mick James is a reporter for http://www.consultant-news.com.  I mentioned him in an earlier blog.  In his current entry http://www.consultant-news.com/article_display.aspx?p=adp&id=7904, James takes on consultancy ethics lapses, this time with the assistance of our own, Mark Haas, Chair of IMC USA's Ethics Committee.  It's an interesting read and is consistent with much of what I've been saying in Message from the Chair. 

Certified Management Consultant -- The Words

After at least a ten-year effort, started by Jerry Savin and others a decade ago, IMC USA just received noitce that the words, Certified Management Consultant, are now a registered mark.
Excerpting from the notice from the United States Patent and Trademark Office  (Reg. No. 3,964,134 if you are interested), "The mark consists of standard characters without claim to any particular font, style, size or color .... The certification mark, as used by authorized persons, certifies that the person has met the certification requirements of the Institute of Management Consultants USA, Inc. and the international standards of the International Council of Management Consulting Institutes as to experience, references, and ethics, by satisfactorily completing examinations relating to professional competence and current knowledge in the field of management consulting."

[Note: a quick way to insert the registered mark is to hold down the ALT key and type 0174 on the keypad!]

So, now when you use both the CMC® and the words, Certified Management Consultant®, you can rapidly add the mark at the end.  And, please do so.

Stay tuned,

My best,

David

 

Tags:  Certified Management Consultant  CMC  Consultant-News.com  Ethics  Mark Haas  Mick James  Trademark 

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Drumm McNaughton FIMC says...
Posted Thursday, June 2, 2011
Congrats, David - this is great news!

Re: Mick's blog, some great stuff here. One comment struck home for me:

"we live in a world where people manage risk by not joining professional bodies—and clients let them get away with it. We’ve entered a Catch 22 situation where some clients are happy to let brand reputation take over from professional accreditation—and because they’ve done that the brands never suffer."

Gordon Perchthold and Jenny Sutton talked about this very thing in their book "Extract Value from Consultants":

". . . most of the major global consulting firms do not mandate accreditation. In many ways, it is advantageous to global consulting firms not to have an industry certification body because without it, buyers are more likely to select known brands that are 'presumed' to maintain quality, rather than to engage certified individuals or consultants from smaller, lesser-known firms. Given the foregoing, you have no guarantee that the consultant you hire - an individual, a boutique firm, or a global firm - will have the necessary capabilities to fill the roles required."

It will be nice when ALL consultancies believe that standards and certification are important (or even mandatory) attestations of a firm's professionalism and ethics, and when ethics are part of the fabric / culture (and not something that needs to be talked or blogged about).

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