Last Thursday, May 9, in Portland, Oregon, IMC USA held the Annual
Meeting of the Institute and elected officers to the Board of Directors.
I’d like to thank you, the members of the Institute, who elected me as
Chair and CEO as well as re-electing Don Matheson (CARO) as our Treasurer, and electing three new directors, Cynthia Currence (GA), Kathy
Nelson (OSWW) and Juan Negroni (At-Large member from Connecticut).
I’d like to provide a few excerpts from my brief remarks at the Annual
First, I’d like to recognize our Immediate Past Chair, David Norman,
for his leadership during the past two years. The difficult economic climate
provided both challenges and opportunities; David encouraged the board to make
changes, to think more creatively, to innovate, to try new things.
Some of the most visible innovations include:
- Certificate of Management Consulting for Executive MBA students
- Membership for consulting firms
IMC Annual Conference - GROW!
- Mastering Management Consulting (MMC) Capstone Course
- C2M Live! Virtual Community
C2M Connections Monthly Newsletter
Marketplace Directory to connect clients to consultants
Some of David’s less visible contributions include:
- Strengthening our board culture especially around balancing our dual
roles of governance and operations
- Creating a board position for Academic Affairs to support our
- Focusing the board on execution of our strategic plan to steer our
organization out of these difficult economic conditions
- Continuing our past efforts to broaden our focus on the consulting
profession – this is so very important.
Please join me in recognizing David for his contribution as Chair and
CEO during the last two years.
So where are we going?
I’ll start at the obvious place: our
We are THE community of professional consultants who define excellence and
advance ethics for the management consulting profession.
And our Mission:
To promote excellence and ethics in management consulting through
certification, education and professional resources.
We are a membership organization
and certifying body. I believe that
our certification is a singular mark of distinction. Our future success depends
on our ability to protect and promote its value - in our own minds and the minds
of others. Our role as a membership organization is to create a place, a
community, for consultants to learn, to share, to collaborate, to grow, to
change, and to give back.
As we build on the changes begun during the last several years, we
- Increase our focus on the
value of excellence, including certification, education and ethics.
- Provide more opportunities
to participate in short projects and committees that allow members to learn new
skills, to create valued relationships, and to make meaningful contributions
- Broaden our value to a wider
range of consultants to grow our membership.
Our organization has survived the latest economic challenges, while
other organizations have not. For us to thrive, we must continue to change how
we see our organization – change from a narrow consultant-centric focus to a
profession-centric and client-centric focus.
Many of us guide our clients through change - we should be experts at
responding to change. But I suspect that it is a fundamental human reaction to push
back against change. I am asking each of you to recognize that inner voice that
resists change, to expect change, and, yes, even to embrace and be part of that
from my own experience that this is THE place to form deep, trusting peer and
mentor relationships – the essence of community.
I look forward to the
opportunity to work together to make this community a better place.