Good day, All
I trust that, by now, you have received a copy of our new newsletter, C2M Connections, and like our current approach. If you haven't seen it, look at http://www.imcusa.org/page/C2M_April2013 You will see it rich with information to help you in your practice. And, here's a response to it:
"I'm a brand new IMC member, and this message serves as a value-added welcome note. The ability to receive curated summaries of articles relevant to me and my clients offers me a personal ROI already better than my financial investment to join. Keep up the good work."
Our members say it best, and a 'shout-out' thank you to our new member, Peter Doris of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for sharing his spontaneous thoughts with us. Nice to hear! So, check out C2M Connections and its articles yourself; here's wishing you see it as Peter does.
Farewell but not Good Bye:
As members of IMC USA you have entrusted in me an unparalleled privilege and experience -- being elected twice (two, one-year terms) as Chair of the National Board. A simple thank you isn't really enough.
As you may know, my consulting practice is now one of executive coaching and leadership development, which prepared me for this experience. Your leadership, the entire Board, is in a good space and exhibit the enthusiasm, commitment and good governance to represent you. As I have mentioned before, these past two years were not without challenge, brought about primarily because of the 'great recession' of 2008-2010. That economy was also very rough on many of our members with the result that a number had to drop their membership. As your representatives, your Board pulled together, put away their individual differences/platforms, and focused on a strategy of improving the situation. They initiated and enacted a number of things that improved the 'value-proposition,' (exemplified by, in only a small part, the new C2M Connections referenced above) and made IMC USA a fiscally stable organization. We have a balanced budget and are in a good (and improving) position because of these people and their commitment to IMC USA and, especially, to you, our members. I thank them for their service. Further, my heart-felt thanks goes to you and your peers who hung in with the only professional organization which represents the 'noble' profession of management consulting.
Next week, I hand the 'gavel' over to Loraine Huchler, who you have elected as the next Chair of the Board. This is a good choice as Loraine, too, exhibits the enthusiasm, commitment and desires necessary to continue to build an organization serving not only you but also the entire management consulting profession. Put your trust in her and her Board; you won't be disappointed.
So many people to thank, but I have to finally thank Ms. Gail McCauley, your Executive Director (ED). Working, mostly behind the scenes, Gail is the backbone of IMC USA. Sometimes frustration is exhibited towards our staff (e.g., Gail) because this or that wasn't handled, etc. And, that's a natural reaction for a member to reach out to the ED for resolution. In fact, that's why she is there. But, I will share with all of you, our members, that we are, as an organization, absolutely blessed (as I, a Southerner, say) to have her as our staff. She is unequivocally devoted to and supportive our IMC USA, our mission and our future. I, personally, have enjoyed being a team-mate of Gail. Thank you.
So, farewell but not good bye. I am passing the Chair torch, but remain on the Board as Past Chair, as my predecessors have. I look forward to continuing to serve you, our members.
Stay tuned (to Loraine, as she takes over the Chair blog),