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Looking Back at 2009

Posted By Drumm McNaughton FIMC, Thursday, December 17, 2009
Updated: Wednesday, December 30, 2009

2009 has been a good year for IMC.  Not only have we grown as an organization, we have expanded our visibility and many of our services over the past year. Through an aggressive media effort we have received increasing awareness of IMC and your valuable CMC®. We unveiled our new website (ranked #1 by Google for "management consultant”), and through it members have access to a rich network of professionals such as yourself and the many unique programs that provide enormous value to help you grow your business. We are also in the early development of Virtual Communities of Practice, and our first Virtual Chapter was granted its Charter in October at Confab.

Specifically, some of the things we've done in 2009 include:

  • Mentions in the Press. We’ve had great mentions in Wall Street Journal, CBS MoneyWatch, Atlanta Business Journal, San Diego Business Journal, TheStreet.com, Kennedy Information and others, all publicizing the CMC and raising the visibility of IMC and the CMC.
  • Established Strategic Alliances to Help Members Get Consulting Assignments. We have established a strategic alliance with North Highland Consulting in which they will use CMCs to augment their staff for consulting projects.
  • Helping CMCs Market Themselves. We put together the CMC Toolkit which can be used to help CMCs market themselves more effectively (http://www.imcusa.org/?page=CMCONLY).
  • Consultapalooza. We started Consultapalooza, the twice monthly telecast with the key names in consulting and business, and in 2009 have interviewed people including Peter Block, Jim Keyes (CEO of Blockbuster Video), Mike Bosworth, Jim Rodgers, and others.
    • We have some great interviews planned for 2010; they include Alan Weiss, Mike McLaughlin, Mike Critelli (Former CEO of Pitney Bowes), and Eileen Campbell (CEO of Millward Brown).
  • Certification Process Strengthened. We have strengthened the Certification process, and expanded it to include multiple paths to certification for qualified candidates. This will make certification more accessible for consultants (while not reducing standards).
    • FYI, our certification process has been called "a model for others to emulate” by the International Council of Management Consulting Institutes.
  • Improving the Competency Framework. The CMC Competency Framework has been greatly improved (see http://www.imcusa.org/?page=CONSULTINGCOMPETENCY) and is a standard for other IMCs across the globe.
  • Improved Educational Opportunities for Members. Clients require we learn and stay ahead of them – they want the latest and best from us. Because of this, we have improved the Academy, and have more offerings for both new and experienced consultants to help  members improve their game.
  • Improved Member Communications. We have improved (and are still improving) our monthly newsletter, Connector, to include a Kudos column which recognizes members for service to IMC and their clients. Look for a new format and new content in 2010.
  • New Website (Continues to Receive) Accolades. We put up our new website in January, and while it benefits all members, it is helping our members publicize themselves through blogs, rankings in search engines, etc.
    • The IMC website is ranked in top five for management consultants sites by Google, it is highly interactive, it provides multiple 'communities' to participate in areas of practice, it has enhanced member profile spaces where you can even have a blog, for example, it provides an area for knowledge resources and the 'Find a Consultant' section is greatly improved and targets CMCs specifically.

As IMC continues to expand our efforts to bring these and other quality resources, we are expanding the visibility of the CMC and IMC in a huge way in 2010. As a CMC you are in differentiable group. Internationally the CMC® and the words "Certified Management Consultant"are becoming recognized standards, and next year it will be recognized by government and industry as THE STANDARD for results, excellence and ethics in consulting.

With that in mind, by now you know we have raised the dues for 2010. This is the first dues increase we’ve had in 10 years, and it is less than $50.

Despite this small raise, it was still a difficult thing we had to do. We’ve been able to hold the line on dues increases despite significant cost of living increases, but for us to continue to offer even better value for membership we had to make this tough decision – one that was not easy in light of current economic conditions, but one that was necessary and approved by your Board of Directors and supported by your Chapter Presidents.

So, thank you for your membership in IMC USA, and please make an investment in yourself and your business by renewing your membership and getting your CMC if you do not have it.  You will be happy that you have when those first advertisements are printed in the Wall Street Journal that tell clients that the IMC members and the CMC is the Certification for consultants which stands for results, excellence and ethics in consulting.

Happy holidays to you and yours,

Drumm McNaughton

Chairman and CEO

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