Our Academy provides a wide variety of virtual educational programs that teach the skills, ethics and professionalism of management consulting. Today I’m interviewing Greg Gast, who was recently appointed as the National Chair of the Academy.
Loraine: Tell me a little bit about yourself: where you live, what your practice focus is, something interesting about yourself.
Greg: I founded my most recent firm, Thirdstage Consulting in 2012 based on my belief that organizations, teams and their leaders will be extraordinarily more effective and satisfied if they are clear about their purpose and their guiding principles. Our firm facilitates the development of mission, vision and values statements, embeds those principles into consistent practices and measures the impact on organizational performance. I continue to be a Senior Advisor at PROXUS an HR management and consulting firm I cofounded in 2006 that has its roots in an HR consulting firm I started in 1998. Prior to my entrepreneurial ventures, I spent 15 years in various healthcare HR management positions.
I am a Certified Management Consultant® (CMC®) and a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), hold a Master’s degree in Human Services from John Carroll University, a graduate level certificate in Christian Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary and a Bachelor’s Degree from the College of Wooster.
My wife Nancy and I relocated from Philadelphia to Denver a year and half ago to join about a dozen family members who live in Colorado.
Loraine: Tell me about how long you have belonged to IMC and what you have gained from being a member.
Greg: I joined IMC in 2009 and served as a board member of the Philly chapter. Since arriving in Denver, I achieved my CMC® and was just elected to the Colorado chapter board. The focus of my IMC membership has been to enhance my knowledge and expertise in management consulting and contribute to the growth and credibility of the profession. I enjoy attending our chapter’s monthly meetings and annual conferences, participating in on-line events and meeting with consultants of varied backgrounds.
The CMC application and certification process helped me examine my successes and failures as a practitioner, clarify my unique consulting methodology and improve my understanding of the ethics of the profession.
Loraine: You’ve just been appointed as chair of the Academy Committee. This committee is responsible for providing continuing education for the consulting community. Tell me about your near term plans for your work within IMC USA.
Greg: As the new Chair of the Academy Committee, I am responsible for leading IMC’s continuing education. For the next few months I will be working closely with our board liaison, Don Scellato, VP of Professional Learning for IMC who has been working diligently for many years to prepare a solid foundation for this work. Our committee will continue to offer a variety of programs while we conduct a strategic assessment of our Academy.
Loraine: I’ve heard that you are seeking new members of your committee. Tell me about the nature of the committee to serve and what kinds of skills are most needed.
Greg: I am looking for members to join this committee and make a significant contribution to the future shape of our continuing education initiatives while supporting our current program. I encourage individuals with a strong interest in learning, training in classical management and consulting skills, copywriting and/or marketing aptitude, and experience with global consulting firms to contact me, Greg Gast, at email@example.com or 215-514-7095. And of course, I urge everyone to enroll in our upcoming webinars by looking through our calendar listings on the IMC website. Or search our extensive library of recorded webinars.
If you’ve been thinking about serving on a national committee – now would be a great time to let us now. And remember that many of our board members served on national committees or in a leadership role in their own chapter. You can recommend yourself or another member for service by contacting the chair of our nominating committee, David Norman (David.Norman@imcusa.org).Remember, you don’t have to wait to be asked to serve – make your new year’s resolution to increase the value of your affiliation with IMC by serving.
Stay tuned to my blog to "meet” our other national committee chairs.