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Message from the Chair: 2017 Annual Meeting Recap

Posted By Noelle Campany, Friday, June 2, 2017

Message From The Chair 

 

On Monday, May 15, IMC USA elected Officers and new Directors at the Annual Meeting of the Institute held in Chicago, IL.

 

I thank all our members for re-electing me as Chair & CEO as well as re-electing Dennis Schumaker as Treasurer. Jennifer Beever, Shathi Govender, Al Sagarese, and John Tracy were elected as our newest Directors. During the board meeting immediately following the Annual Meeting, Jennifer Beever was elected Vice President of Marketing, Loraine Huchler was elected Vice President of Professional Learning, and Gregory Brooks was elected Secretary. Please join me in thanking each for their willingness to serve in these critical roles.

 

We held a special congratulatory program at the beginning of the Annual Meeting recognizing ICMCI as it celebrates 30 years. Thirteen of the original individuals that helped establish ICMCI were IMC USA leaders. We also held a memorial for John Roethle, who was one of the thirteen. John passed away a few days before the meeting. Here are two of the PowerPoint slides used during this part of the meeting.

 

A review of 2016 was also provided during the Annual Meeting as well as an overview of 2017 plans and accomplishments to date. 

 

Here are a few of the more memorable 2016 & 2017 to date successes as well as actions you can take to learn more and increase your involvement as a member of IMC USA.

 

C2M Live!:

  • C2M Live!, IMC USA’s regular online webinar discussion program, continued to grow with record attendance levels throughout 2016 and thus far in 2017. Some of our topics attracted over 70 attendees. If you are not yet on our mailing list, sign up to receive C2M Live program invitations by creating a Guest Membership here.
  • IMC USA offered a special C2M Live! program, Become a Conference Commando, on May 4. The program was provided complimentary to all who registered including non-members. There were 79 registered with approximately half being non-members.  Watch the archived program here.

Special Boot Camp: When Does Client Acquisition Get Easy? 

  • We will offer the first ever Summer Boot Camp which will run from June 9 through June 30, 2017. This is a four-session program that was developed based on feedback from an earlier C2M Live! session. Participation is limited to 12. A link to this program can be found here.

Expanded Social Media: 

  • The IMC USA FacebookLinkedIn and Twitter accounts were expanded in 2016 and 2017. A new Instagram account was launched in 1Q2017 by Young Professional member Charles Nunnally.
  • These efforts resulted in an increase of IMC USA followers online and increased awareness about IMC USA’s membership benefits, conference, Academy programs, and C2M Live!. 
  • The Institute now has a larger footprint on our LinkedIn group with more conversations and comments. Please join the discussion here.

The Academy: 

  • The Academy continued to improve its content and performance through 1Q2017 with significant increases in participation. It is now consistently operating in the black. 
  • Archived sessions are available on the website. The reclassification of the archived offerings and the addition of stronger search options should be completed in July. This project will make it much easier to identify and locate past programs for download.

Mentoring Program: 

  • The Mentoring Program is in the final stages of refinement under the leadership of Parag Ambardekar. The complete program should be available to all by the end of August.
  • Parag is working with the Conference Committee to offer one-on-one mentoring events at the 2017 Conference in addition to the chapter mentoring programs.
  • If you are interested in being a mentor or signing up to be mentored (both entry level and experienced consultants can benefit from mentorship!) please email Noelle Campany, noelle@imcusa.org

New Thought Leadership Website: 

  • IMC USA has created a new Thought Leadership Website, Consulting 2.0, to help Business to Business (B2B) consultants attract new clients and grow successful practices. 
  • This presents continuing opportunities for our members to contribute thought leadership articles in the following areas.
    • Marketing
    • Selling
    • Relationships
    • Buyer Insights
    • Management
    • Resources
  • Editorial guidelines and submission information can be found here. 
  • Additional questions can be addressed to our Vice President of Professional Learning, Loraine Huchler, at huchler@imcusa.org or 609-896-4457.

Conferences: 

  • The 2016 Conference was a remarkable success with a strong international contingent of consultants joining us from Bangladesh, Canada, Finland, Greece, Japan, and Jordan. 
    • Participants were excited as exemplified by the statement of one of our long-time members who wrote “this conference ranks right up with the best of the 15 conferences that I have attended”. 
    • Comments, pictures, and video endorsements can be found here.
  • The 2017 Conference builds upon the success of 2016. Registrations are already ahead of 2016.
    • The conference is scheduled for October 20-22 at the J.W. Marrriott in Atlanta, GA.
    • The Conference Committee is led by Henry DeVries with the following members
      • Marketing Chair – Jennifer Beever CMC
      • Conference Planner – Debbie Nolan
      • Conference Planner – Noelle Campany
      • CPC Advisor – Linda Howard CMC
      • New Member Advisor – Adam Cherrill
      • Social Media Marketing – Lauralee Hites
      • Social Media Marketing – Charles Nunnally
      • Financial Advisor – Dennis Schumaker CMC
      • Presenter & Local Promotion Advisor – Mike Wittenstein CMC
    • Three month special combo Conference/Membership package ran through May 31.
    • IMC USA turns 50 years old in 2018. Our 50th Anniversary celebration begins at the 2017 conference.
    • IMC USA Conference speakers do not present and run. They remain available to attendees for out of session questions and pictures as can be seen on the 2016 Conference Highlights. See our 2017 roster of speakers here.
    • A link to the full conference agenda can be found here.

Membership: 

 

Like many professional associations, IMC USA has experienced changes in its membership due in part to new forms of competition in online learning, information and networking opportunities. IMC USA has responded with new membership offers, new benefits, and conducted “voice of the member” research in our Reason for Being (RFB) project. Our Board of Directors and volunteer committees are now working to roll out further initiatives as a result of what we learned from the RFB research. Email our Association Executive, Noelle Campany, noelle@imcusa.org, if you’d like to volunteer.

  • New membership offerings and associated price points are well positioned to help IMC USA grow as well as maintain the portion of our membership that is nearing retirement.
    • Students - $95.00
    • Young Professional - $195.00
    • Professional -  $325.00
    • Certified -  $395.00 
    • Retired Professional - $162.50 
    • Certified Management Consultant Emeritus - $150.00
  • The strong increase in member benefits and savings, coupled with the full range of membership categories makes IMC USA membership an excellent option for aspiring or more senior management consultants.
  • CMC Emeritus membership grew 40% from 2015 to year to date 2017.
  • CMC membership grew 26% from 2015 to year to date 2017.
  • Professional and Young Professional membership declined during this same time period.
    • This is partly due to Professional members becoming certified.
    • But, we also had a net loss of professional membership.
    • The good news in this membership sector is that our newest members are quickly becoming involved, and active in the Institute.
    • Lauralee Hites joined in 2016, participated in the Leadership Summit and soon began contributing as a member of the Conference and Social Media Committees.
    • Charles Nunnally joined in 2016, participated in the Conference, and soon began contributing as a member of the Conference and Social Media Committees.
    • Shathy Govendor joined in 2016 after moving to the U.S. and was elected an IMC USA Director.
    • Adam Cherrill joined in 2017 and is contributing to the Conference Committee
  • During the first quarter of 2016, we finished the member endorsement videos that we started in the fourth quarter of 2015. There are now nine member videos on our website touting the benefits of IMC USA membership. Here is a direct link to that page.

2017 Marketing Program:

  • New Expert Click Press Release distribution for special chapter events – contact our Association Executive, Noelle Campany, noelle@imcusa.org, for more information.
  • Website improvements are underway, including
    • Updates to improve navigation and user experience
    • Added information about the new RFB (Voice of Member) initiatives
    • Improved online community and member engagement
    • A strengthened learning platform
  • Recharge IMC USA Public Relations efforts
  • Focus on Content Marketing such as Thought Leadership Website
  • Expand outside promotion of Academy and other programs
  • Please contact Vice President of Marketing, Jennifer Beever, jenb@newincite.com, 818-347-4248, to volunteer on IMC USA’s Marketing or Social Media Committees.

Reason for Being (RFB), IMC USA’s Voice of The Member Project: 

 

This project launched in February of 2016 upon approval by the Board and was jointly sponsored by the IMC USA Marketing and Membership Committees. The RFB began as an effort to identify support changes needed among our members and the market to reset our strategic direction. It included input from a large percentage of our membership and significant face time via Zoom with representatives from all geographies (both chapter and at-large), tenures in the profession and levels of engagement within IMC USA. It continued through September with a status presentation to the Leadership Summit in October. 

 

Based upon the overwhelming support of IMC USA leaders from around the country, the Board of Directors approved a continuation of this effort at the end of 2016. RFB has become the foundation for the IMC USA’s current strategic plan and will support the future expansion of our organization. Each IMC USA Board Director has taken specific initiative efforts in support of the continued build-out of RFB as it relates to the future direction of the Institute.  

 

The Reason for Being is more than a Mission Statement. It is a very carefully worded declaration of our intent as an organization. Inside our Reason for Being is a formula for the future success of IMC USA. It tells us and the rest of the world what we do, for whom, and how each will be better. A pdf overview of the program can be found here.

 

A special thank you to Mike Wittenstein CMC, Business Designer and Customer Experience Expert at StoryMiners and member of the Georgia Chapter, who shepherded and facilitated this grassroots process with our many members that contributed and participated in the development of RFB during 2016. It has been a strong collaborative effort.

 

While IMC USA has made many advancements, it is and continues to be a work in progress. As we roll out the Reason for Being in 2017, we will be introducing more incremental opportunities to assist in the future building of the Institute. 

 

The dedication and support of our many volunteer members continues to strengthen IMC USA each day. IMC USA recently lost one of its most ardent supporters, Don Scellato. Don was excited about the RFB and was keenly interested in being a part of its success. He was an example for all of us and will be sorely missed. In case you missed the earlier notice, the IMC USA Foundation continues to accept contributions in his honor at this link. 

 

Thank you for all that you do to make IMC USA successful.

 

Best regards,

 

Don Matheson CMC ®

Chair & CEO IMC USA


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Message from the Chair: IMC USA 2017 Conference Open for Registration!

Posted By Noelle Campany, Thursday, March 16, 2017
Updated: Thursday, March 16, 2017

Register Today for the 2017 IMC USA Consulting Conference!

I am pleased to announce the IMC USA 2017 Annual Consulting Conference: Building Your Practice and Adding Value for Clients. The conference dates are October 20-22 in Atlanta, Georgia, at the JW Marriott Atlanta Buckhead Hotel.

Connect, Learn, Grow at IMC USA Conference 2017!

IMC USA’s Conference team has been working hard to plan the best programs and networking so that you can learn new approaches and methodologies, meet other consultants, and grow your practice. Learn more at our conference web pages. And register now for the conference to get the best rate and start planning your travel.

Register Now – Get the Lowest Rate!

About the Conference

For almost 50 years, IMC USA has been providing premier networking and learning conferences for independent consultants and consulting firms. IMC USA conferences include consulting industry thought leaders and motivational keynote speakers, breakout sessions on building and managing your consulting practice, leading edge methodologies and tools for success, as well as great networking and entertainment at the conference banquet.

Networking

From the IMC USA conference’s Friday opening networking reception through the last session, this is ample opportunity to meet and talk with other consultants during, breakfasts, lunches, and the conference dinner banquet.

Exhibits

IMC USA’s conference is also a resource for consulting firms with its sponsor exhibits that include marketing and sales support services, leadership and consulting methodology certifications, book writing and publishing service, and much more.

Our 2017 Conference Venue

The JW Marriott Atlanta Buckhead is just blocks away from great shopping at Lenox Mall, Phipps Plaza and the Lenox MARTA train station.

Atlanta Attractions

Local Atlanta attractions include The College Football Hall of Fame, The Georgia Dome – home of The 2017 Superbowl contender the Falcons, The Braves Turner Field (now a Georgia State football stadium), The Callenwood Fine Art Center, The King Center, and World of Coca Cola.

Weather you are interested in enhancing your consulting skills, learning new approaches and methodologies, meeting other consultants like you, IMC USA’s Conference has what you need.

Register now to get the best rate

Register Now – Get the Lowest Rate

 

Not a member of IMC USA yet? Get more information here!

 

I look forward to seeing you in October.

Don Matheson CMC

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2017 Message From The Chair

Posted By Noelle Campany, Friday, January 20, 2017
Updated: Thursday, March 16, 2017

Message From The Chair

 

Happy New Year! IMC USA continued to make significant progress in 2016 thanks to the hard work of our members. Here are a few of the successes.

Member Endorsement Videos: During the first quarter of 2016, we finished the member endorsement videos that we started in the fourth quarter of 2015. There are now nine member videos on our website touting the benefits of IMC USA membership. The videos are arranged much like the old Tic Tac Toe game. I call this page our Hollywood Squares page since it also resembles that old TV show. This page is easily accessible by guests as well as members. I use it when speaking with prospective members because it provides endorsements from consultants at every stage of their career. It is very easy for the prospective member to relate to one of the members in the videos that is in the same career stage. You can view the completed project here.

Reactivated Facebook and Twitter: The IMC USA Facebook Page and Twitter account were reactivated to promote the 2016 Conference as well as other key functions. This effort resulted in several new members and first time participants in the Conference. We will expand this presence in 2017.

Management Consulting Certificate Program (MCCP): We signed one new program delivery agreement and one new Letter of Intent with universities in 2016. MCCP is an important non-dues revenue generator for IMC USA. A special thank you to Manola Robison and Angela Dingle for their efforts in developing each of these opportunities.

The Academy: The Academy expanded its offering and continued to grow its participation in 2016. Archived sessions are available on the website. A reclassification of the archived offerings and additional search options is planned for the second quarter of 2017. This project will make it much easier to identify and locate the desired archive.

Thought Leadership Website: Our Thought Leadership Website, Consulting 2.0, will deliver essential insights to help Business to Business (B2B) consultants attract new clients and grow successful practices. The content is designed specifically for small to mid-size consultants and delivers leading edge thinking to improve your core business. The website was built in 2016 with a soft launch anticipated in late first quarter 2017. We are seeking additional submissions for the following consulting topics prior to launch:

  • Marketing 
  • Selling 
  • Relationships
  • Buyer Insights
  • Management 
  • Resources

Editorial requirements can be found here. If you have additional questions, please contact our Vice President of Professional Learning, Loraine Huchler, at huchler@imcusa.org or 609-896-4457.

Mentoring Program: The Consulting Mastermind Roundtable (CMR) Committee completed its work on the development of the IMC USA Mentorship Program. This program aligns mentorship across the chapters and supports At Large mentorship as well. A special thank you to Pat Schumaker and Ron Wohl for leading this effort. 

Reason for Being (RFB): This project launched in February upon approval by the Board and was jointly sponsored by Marketing and Membership. RFB began as an effort to identify support changes needed among our members and the market to reset our strategic direction. It included input from a large percentage of our membership and significant face time via Zoom with representatives from all geographies (both chapter and at-large), tenures in the profession and levels of engagement within IMC USA. It continued through September with a status presentation to the Leadership Summit in October.

Based upon the overwhelming support of these IMC USA leaders from across the country, the Board of Directors has approved a continuation of this effort in 2017. It is expected that RFB will be foundational for future expansion of IMC USA. A special thank you to Mike Wittenstein who shepherded and facilitated this grassroots process along with our many members that contributed and participated in the development of RFB during 2016. It has been a strong collaborative effort.

The Reason for Being is more than a Mission Statement. It is a very carefully worded declaration of our intent as an organization. Inside our Reason for Being is a formula for the future success of IMC USA. It tells us and the rest of the world what we do, for whom, and how each will be better. A pdf overview of the program can be found here.

2016 Conference: Certainly, the crown jewel of IMC USA accomplishments last year was the 2016 Conference. Everyone had a great time and left with many new skills and/or tools. We had a strong international contingent with consultants joining us from Bangladesh, Canada, Finland, Greece, Japan, and Jordan. Long time members as well as first time participants were equally impressed as noted in their reviews of the programming. One of our long-time members stated that “this conference ranks right up with the best of the 15 conferences that I have attended." Comments, pictures, and video endorsements can be found with this link.

2017 Conference: Not being a group to rest on their laurels, Henry DeVries and the Conference Committee immediately began the process of planning the 2017 Conference and expanded its committee membership. New Professional Member Lauralee Hites, new Young Professional Member Charles Nunnally II, Mike Wittenstein CMC, and Jennifer Beever CMC joined to strengthen your conference team. Jennifer will be serving as Marketing Chair for the committee. Any suggestions for speakers or topics should be forwarded to the committee via Noelle Campany at Noelle@imcusa.org. The 2017 Conference will be held October 19-22. Be sure to mark your calendars now. More details will be forthcoming in the next few weeks.

Member Benefits and Savings: In addition to the already strong member benefits and savings, 2016 brought even more value. The complimentary benefits or heavily discounted savings include InfoGuru Marketing Manual by Robert Middleton, One Year Practice Builder Program by Jim Horan, HotelStorm, Constant Contact, Staples, and Flevy, Full details on each of these and more can be found here.

With the addition of the Young Professional membership two years ago, we completed our membership offerings to provide benefits and services to management consultants throughout their career beginning as students and continuing through retirement. These are the current IMC USA membership categories and price points for management consultants.

  • Students - $95.00
  • Young Professional - $195.00
  • Professional - $325.00
  • Certified - $395.00
  • Retired Professional - $162.50
  • Certified Management Consultant Emeritus - $150.00

The combination of member benefits and savings coupled with the full range of membership categories makes IMC USA membership an excellent option for aspiring or fully engaged management consultants.

While IMC USA has made many advancements, it is and continues to be a work in progress. We have an ongoing need of more volunteers to help build and shape our future. As we roll out the Reason for Being in 2017, we will be introducing more incremental opportunities to assist in this future building. Watch for additional information during the early second quarter.

The dedication and support of our many volunteer members continues to strengthen IMC USA each day. Thank you for all that you do to make IMC USA successful.

Best wishes for a prosperous 2017!

Don Matheson CMC

 

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Message From The Chair IMC USA Elects Leadership

Posted By Noelle Campany, Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Message From The Chair

IMC USA Elects Leadership

Posted by Don Matheson CMC

 

On Wednesday, May 11, IMC USA elected Officers and new Directors at the Annual Meeting of the Institute held in Denver, CO.

I thank each member of the Institute for re-electing me as Chair & CEO as well as re-electing Dennis Schumaker as Treasurer. Parag Ambardekar was elected as our newest Director. Please join me in thanking each for their willingness to serve in these important capacities.

Cynthia Currence and Kathie Nelson completed their Director terms this month. Both have made IMC USA a better and stronger organization. Our sincere appreciation goes out to you both!

The Annual Meeting continued to build upon the theme “Successful, Strongest, Momentum” with IMC USA accomplishing many of its goals in 2015. Here are a few highlights.

  •  Continue Improving Financial Performance

o   Lowered Operating Costs

o   Eliminated Academy Losses

o   Increased Net Assets

o   Began 2016 With Best Opening Cash Balance in Five Years

o   IRS 990 Filed in March and Posted on Website – 3rd Consecutive Year

  • Update Collateral Materials (Collaboration by CPC, Marketing & Membership)

o   Professional Membership Brochure

o   Certified Management Consultant Brochure

o   Young Professional Brochure (New Membership Category in 2015)

o   Management Consulting Certificate Program Brochure (MCCP)

o   All Are Commercially Printed and Downloadable From Website

  •  Special Website Update for Recruiting New Members

o   Added member Videos with their Reasons for Joining/Belonging to IMC USA

o   Includes Representatives from Young Professionals through Senior CMCs

  • 2015 Membership Trends

o   CMC Emeritus – 34% Net Increase

o   CMC – 16% Net Increase

o   CMC Triennial Renewals

§  21% Renewal in March – Highest Early Renewal

§  2015 Strongest Recent Year for Triennial Renewals

o   Professional Renewals & Recruitment

§  28% Net Decrease

§  This Decrease Represents A Threat to 2016

  • Corporate Relations Review Committee (CRRC) Expanded to Consulting Mastermind Roundtable (CMR) Led by Pat Schumaker

o   Continues with CRRC Duties

o   Expanded Leadership Focus to Include Mentoring to At Large CMC Candidates

  • C2M Live! Continues Success Led by Juan Negroni

o   Record 2015 Attendance

o   Attracts Many Non-members (these names are funneled to Chapters or Membership)

As we work through 2016, it is incumbent upon each of us to help build on this foundation. Here are some of the activities designed to strengthen IMC USA in 2016.

  •   IMC USA Conference in Washington, D.C. October 21-22

o   Impressive Lineup of Speakers

o   Special Promotional Blog Established for 2016 and Future Conferences

§  Visit it at http://imcusaconference.org/

  • Personal Letter from Chair to All Professional Members (Chapters & At Large) with CMC Brochure
  •  Thought Leadership Website Being Developed by Loraine Huchler & Academy

o   Jointly Sponsored by Academy, 2016 Conference and Membership

o   Gains Greater Visibility for Academy and Conference

o   Attracts Independent and Internal Management Consultants

o   Creates More IMC USA Marketing Impressions

o   Launch Date is June 15, 2016

  • Reason for Being Development Team Led by Mike Wittenstein of Georgia Chapter

o   Sponsored by Marketing & Membership

o   Team Includes a Complete Cross Section of Members

o   More News in the Coming Months

  • Grow Management Consulting Certificate Program – Non-dues Revenue
  • Grow Young Professional Member Base
  • Grow Professional Member Base
  •  Grow CMC Member Base
  • Continue Converting Retiring CMCs to CMC Emeritus
  • Continue Developing Additional Member Resources & Savings

o   MC21 – Already Launched with Strong Initial Response

o   Special Member Pricing at Staples of 20% Discount in Copy/Print – Already Launched

o   Additional Items Being Developed

I anticipate that each of these action items will help IMC finish 2016 stronger while preparing the Institute for even greater gains in 2017. Your chapter leaders will be sharing more details in the coming days.

Regardless of whether we serve as leaders within IMC USA or participate as members, there are a number of way that each of us can help grow and strengthen the Institute. These include:

  • Recruit Our Fellow Consultants to IMC USA
  • Attend & Promote the 2016 IMC USA Conference
  • Attend & Promote the Academy and C2M Live!
  • Become Certified if not Already Certified (Strengthens Your Individual Brand Also)
  • Promote & Recruit Candidates for the Management Consulting Certificate Program
  • Volunteer to Serve at the Chapter or National Level

To accomplish all that we have planned, we need more volunteers at all levels of the organization. Think about your individual talents and how you may contribute to the further success of IMC USA. Please keep the following thoughts in mind as you consider this request.

  • We are The Community of Professional Consultants, defining excellence and advancing ethics for the management consulting profession.
  • Our mission is to promote excellence and ethics in management consulting through certification, education and professional resources.
  • As a membership organization, the strength and prosperity of IMC USA is a direct result of the commitment and talent of our members.
  • It is only through a continually growing culture of collaboration, learning, sharing and mentoring others that IMC will reach its full potential.
  • It is our responsibility and privilege, both individually and collectively, to promote and protect the IMC USA and CMC brands.

I sincerely appreciate all of the support and well wishes from each of you. They are truly encouraging and humbling at the same time.

I look forward to continuing to work with all of you to make IMC’s best even better.

 

Many thanks,


Don Matheson CMC®

Chair & CEO IMC USA

 

 

 

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Welcome back to another great year with IMC USA

Posted By Noelle Campany, Friday, January 15, 2016

Welcome back to another great year with IMC USA. Our organization continues to strengthen thanks to our outstanding members.

The preliminary 2015 results indicate that IMC built upon the financial success of 2014. The balance sheet is definitely stronger. Details of these results will be provided once the CPA completes the preparation of all of the required reporting documents. 

During our Townhall Meeting in October, we highlighted the three major takeaways expected from that meeting. We have continued to build upon them in the fourth quarter of 2015 in preparation for 2016.

Here is an updated summary of the key takeaways.

Successful

·       Created the new membership category of Young Professional

·       14% increase in CMC members

·       38% increase in CMC Emeritus and Retired Professional Members

·       Earliest and highest CMC Triennial renewal rate in five years

·       New and more convenient marketing collateral material created for all member categories

·       Marketing collateral material created for Management Consulting Certificate Program (MCCP)

Stronger

·       IMC is financially stronger and increased its net assets for the second year in a row

·       The Academy delivery process was strengthened eliminating historical operating losses

·       Requirements for CMC Emeritus were strengthened and improved

·       National committees operated more effectively and in sync with each other

·       IMC starts 2016 with the best beginning cash position in five years

Momentum

·       The 2015-2016 renewals built upon the success of the 2014-2015 renewals

·       The Academy is scheduled to complete a major update of its offerings in 2016

·       Member endorsement videos were added to website with four more due in first quarter of 2016

·       Discussions underway for presentation of IMC’s Management Consulting Certificate Program

·       The Annual Conference returns in October of 2016


Speaking of the 2016 Conference, please make plans to attend in Washington, DC on October 21-23, 2016. Our conference is a great opportunity to network with your peers and enhance your skills through the various workshops and speakers. More details will be forthcoming in the next few weeks.

While our keynote speaker is almost set, we are still recruiting some of the workshop presenters. If you have suggestions for speakers or topics, please forward those to Noelle Campany at Noelle@imcusa.org.

The support and contributions of our many volunteer members make IMC USA stronger each day. Thank you for all that you do to make IMC USA successful.

Happy New Year!

 

Don

 

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IMC USA Elects New Leadership

Posted By Don Matheson, CMC, Wednesday, May 20, 2015

 

Don Matheson, CMC®, Chair and CEO

On Wednesday, May 6, IMC USA elected Officers and new Directors at the Annual Meeting of the Institute held in Dallas, TX.

 

I thank each member of the Institute who elected me as Chair and CEO as well as electing Dennis Schumaker (At Large) as our new Treasurer.  Four new Directors were elected including Sathya Akunuru (NJ), Jim Park (NorCal), Constantinos Stavropoulos (SoCal) and Ray Suarez (NCR).  Please join me in thanking each of them for their willingness to serve in this important capacity.

Loraine Huchler, Immediate Past Chair, was recognized for her outstanding service to IMC.  Given the continuing economic malaise, these accomplishments are even more significant.  Some of her accomplishments include:

  • Improving Our Financial Performance
  • Adding Depth To Our National Committees
  • Enhancing The Nominating Process
  • Improving The Academy
  • Improving The Overall Health Of Our Institute
  • Elevating The Value Of Belonging To The IMC USA Community
  • Strengthening Our Management Consulting Certificate Program

IMC USA is much stronger today because of Loraine’s leadership.

It is now the duty of each of us to build upon this foundation.  Our Directors have approved three key initiatives to help us jump start the building process beginning right now.  The first initiative is designed for continuing long term benefit to IMC while the second and third are designed as incremental foundational improvements.

  1. A new membership category has been created called “Young Professional”.  We have long talked about the need to recruit younger consulting professionals.  We now have a membership specifically targeted at professionals twenty-nine years of age and younger. 
  2. A five month promotional program targeting potential CMC candidates has been developed.  This has been activated in celebration of the five year anniversary of the Institute receiving the ISO certification for our CMC process.  This is the exact same program that we used when ISO certification was first awarded.  It was a very successful program at that time and is positioned to achieve similar results today.  
  3. A challenge program is available for the chapters using donor restricted funds, to match dollar for dollar each chapter’s efforts with community service in its locale.

I anticipate that each of these action items will help IMC finish 2015 stronger and prepare the Institute for even greater gains in 2016.  Your chapter leaders will be sharing more details in the coming days. 

At this critical point in our history, we must necessarily focus and execute at the tactical level to prepare the Institute to reach its true potential.  However, these tactics must be developed to support our overall vision, mission and position in the consulting profession.

Therefore we have to remember that:

  • We are The Community of Professional Consultants, defining excellence and advancing ethics for the management consulting profession.
  • Our mission is to promote excellence and ethics in management consulting through certification, education and professional resources.
  • As a membership organization, the strength and prosperity of IMC is a direct result of the commitment and talent of our members.
  • It is only through a continually growing culture of collaboration, learning, sharing and mentoring others that IMC will reach its full potential.
  • It is our duty, individually and collectively, to promote and protect the IMC USA and CMC brands.

To accomplish all that we have planned, we need more volunteers at all levels of the organization.  Please think about your individual talents and how you may contribute to the further success of IMC USA. 

IMC needs volunteers for the following national committee chairs:

  • Marketing
  • Academic Affairs
  • The Academy
  • Membership 

All of these national committees need more members.  Our Awards & Recognition Committee is especially short staffed at the moment.  If you have an interest in serving on this committee, please contact Kathie Nelson at Kathie@kathienelson.com.

Here are a few other ways that you can make a real difference for IMC:

  • Serve as a chapter officer
  • Serve on a chapter board
  • Serve as a chapter committee chair
  • Serve on a chapter committee
  • Work at chapter events to help the leadership
  • Attend as many chapter events as you can
  • Bring guests to chapter events
  • Promote IMC to friends and colleagues

Please add your own thoughts regarding volunteer service to this list.  But more importantly, whatever you wish to do, please find your own role and help move IMC along this journey.

I truly appreciate all of the support and well wishes since my election.  They are truly encouraging and humbling at the same time. 

I look forward to working with all of you to make IMC’s best even better.

Many thanks,

 

Don

Gavel Presentation    Magic Wand Presentation 

Loraine Huchler, CMC®, Past Chair and CEO and Don Matheson, CMC®, Current Chair and CEO
participate in the Gavel Presentation (left) and Magic Wand Presentation (right).

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My Final Blog Post as Chair

Posted By Skylar Siminovsky, Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Yes, it has been over a year since my last blog entry. Why? Well, change – even good change – requires focus – and lots of effort. This last year has been a time of “doing” – with little time to “writing about it.”

And since this will be my last blog entry as chair, I’d like to ask your indulgence as I reflect a bit.

Get a cup of coffee, pull up a chair and ponder with me for 5 minutes.

This job as chair has certainly been the toughest job I’ve ever had. And while I earned no salary, I gained an immense profit from the experience – professionally and personally. Leadership skills, negotiation skills, taking myself less seriously, learning Roberts Rules of Order, time management skills – there have been lots of lessons. But the most meaningful part of this experience has been from the community of consultants: as I have talked to members to learn, to plan, to solve problems, to find answers, to provide guidance, and, often, to simply listen, I have learned so much – about compassion, honesty, patience, and humility - and about how many members share the same deep care for this organization. A long-time CMC recently sent an email that reassured me on days that I felt that I was alone in my commitment to make IMC a better place.

Loraine,

For the past 3 years I have served as a back lot cheerleader, heard a lot of stories and frustrations, and still have tried to maintain a positive attitude about the organization. 

I was asked yesterday what I saw for the future of IMC USA. 

  • I see the organization of the future as central focus of the consulting profession to raise caliber and quality of consulting generally, no matter the discipline. 
  • The focus on the art of consulting (process) not the knowledge base of the discipline a consultant makes as their practice.

I was asked about the future of the CMC certification. 

  • First, we need to recognize that the attitude and mindset of the millennial generation towards certification is not supportive.  They are more concerned about providing competent advice which they see as independent of a certification. 
  • Second, I believe that as I work and travel throughout the United States and Canada the term “management consultant’ or ‘consultant’ is not seem as a profession, but rather what one does if they can’t find work, they left an organization because of disagreements, they retired from the military and don’t know what to do.  Management consulting is not seen as a profession.

I see one of the functions of IMC USA in the future is to build an image of consulting as a profession, irrespective of how you came into the consulting profession.  Yet I quickly say that there are many fine consultants who entered the profession by accident rather than by design.  Life took a twist, and they rolled with the punches and made the best of it, and succeeded!

So where does this take us?  As I see it we need to do several things to grow the organization and make it relevant to today’s business world:

  1. We need to put serious money into marketing the organization to the consultant population;
  2. We need to focus on the fact that the discipline is a profession.
  3. In so doing, emphasize the Professional Member status.
  4. Reduce the membership fees such that they are competitive and reflective of the value an individual gains from being a professional member.
  5. Re-focus the academy – make it a center of professional learning and development.
  6. The CMC should be seen as part of the journey of a consultant who is a Professional Member, not as the destination, as it is today.
  7. We need to develop IMC USA such that it is to the management consulting profession what SHRM is to the human resource profession.

Someone suggested to me yesterday that I should get away from IMC USA and go to a professional organization where I would be less frustrated and stressed.  Folks, I’ve been there, and none are in as much need of fixing as IMC USA.  I go where the fixin’ is needed.

I believe we can make a difference, but we need to do our little part to contribute to the whole.  We have many fine talented consulting professional in our midst.

If we each contribute a little to the whole, we can see IMC USA resurrect itself, not in the same image as the past, but in a vibrant and relevant leader in the management consulting profession.

Rebuilding takes many hands, and each hand is important.  Nobody can sit by and watch – we all need to be involved.  Let’s look for reasons WHY and HOW we can do something, not for reasons why it can’t be done.  Focus on the positive (realistically of course) and the end result will be greater than the sum of its parts, a revitalized and renewed IMC USA leading the consulting profession.

 

Dr. Rob (Sopo), I could not have said it better myself. We are a membership organization – and it is our members who shape our organization when they step up and participate, contribute and lead. As I transition to a new role, I encourage each member to consider how they can do perhaps just one thing and make a difference for those members who follow in their footsteps.

Finally, I want to express a special appreciation for Don Matheson, CMC® and Angela Dingle, CMC® who have served with me on the Executive Committee as we navigated some very tough financial issues and vetted, selected and transitioned to a new association management company (AMC Source). I am looking forward to serving on Don Matheson’s board as Immediate Past Chair.


With great appreciation,

Loraine Huchler, PE, CMC®, 2013-2015 Chair & CEO, IMC USA

 

P.S. By the way, y’all do know that I will be Chair of the Academy starting on Wednesday, May 6 – and I’ll be looking for a few good consultants….to envision the future, to plan, to make change, to market and to teach. :)

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Good Changes at IMC USA

Posted By Loraine A. Huchler CMC FIMC, Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Yes, there’s more change. On April 1st, Gregory Brooks, AMC Source (greg@imcusa.org), assumed the role of Executive Director for IMC USA – we are delighted to have such a talented, experienced professional on our team.

Yesterday’s quarterly briefing on the State of the Institute (better known as Chair Chat) gave members a chance to meet Greg and ask questions about what’s happening.

Greg and I provided an insider’s look at the health of our organization, recent changes and a sneak preview of several of our initiatives that will be launched during the next few months. We talked specifically about the work of our revitalized committees that are focused on increasing the value of belonging and raising our visibility to the client community. And we heard what’s on the mind of our members.

If you missed yesterday’s session, our second session of Chair Chat will be on Tuesday April 29 at 4 pm EDT (1 pm PDT)click here to register!

If your schedule is not flexible – don’t despair – we’ll send the hotlink to the podcast a few days after the event.

Yours in consulting,

Loraine

 
P.S. 
Mark your Calendars for May’s C2M Live! featuring our very own Dr. Sarah Layton, who will be discussing her research with clients - what’s on their mind, what they need, what they would like consultants to know. What’s your question? Tell Dr. Layton what you’d like to know!

Don’t miss this thought-provoking session. Wednesday, May 21 at 3 pm EDT (12 pm PDT) and Wednesday, May 28 at 4 pm EDT (1 pm PDT)

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Plotting the next move in our Academy

Posted By Loraine A. Huchler CMC FIMC, Saturday, February 15, 2014

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 greggast@thirdstageconsultingllc.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.

Loraine 

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IMC USA Makes A Splash in Higher Education – and You can be Part of Our Success!

Posted By Loraine A. Huchler CMC FIMC, Monday, January 20, 2014

Last year, IMC USA introduced a certificate program for MBA students to educate them about the profession of management consulting. Today I’m interviewing Jon Seidel, National Chair of our Academic Affair Committee.

Loraine: Tell me a little bit about yourself: where you live, what your practice focus is, something interesting about yourself.

Jon: I live in Oakland, CA; I’m married and have two grown sons (one a software/hardware engineer and the other in law school). My practice is focused on software development and IT management. Something interesting(?)...I love to play games: cards, board games; practice taiji; love to watch soccer (I learned about the game by coaching my son!

Loraine: Tell me about how long you have belonged to IMC and what you have gained from being a member.


Jon: I first started attending IMC/NorCal meetings around 1990; attended my first Confab 1993 and became a CMC in 2002. I gained some really valuable, long-term connections. I have also been able to give back to the community, most notably by running the Oakland ABC for several years. And actually got some good business through these connections.

Loraine: You’ve recently been appointed as chair of Academic Affairs. This committee is responsible for building and sustaining relationships with Universities and to manage our curriculum for the Certificate in Management Consulting. Your committee is also responsible for connecting to MBA students and creating relationships between our chapters and consulting "clubs” at various Universities. You also have a University Task Force comprised of IMC members who create and sustain relationships with Universities to incorporate the Certificate into their MBA curriculum. Tell me about what your committee has accomplished during the last two years.

Jon: It’s only fair to point out that Manola Robison and several other IMC members started this initiative. Universities including Willamette University, and the University of Colorado Boulder are offering the Certificate in Management Consulting in their Executive Development programs and to MBA students. We are in negotiation with other universities, including several international institutions – our Institute has strong recognition in the international community. The certificate programs are based on IMC USA’s management consulting Competency Framework, with several course components taught by CMC’s. We have also created or connected student clubs to our professional chapters to help students learn more about the management consulting profession. All in all, the Academic Affairs program is helping to 1) Advance the management consulting profession and 2) Gain recognition for the IMC and the CMC mark. It’s a terrific program and I’m excited and honored to be part of this initiative.

Loraine: Tell me about your near term plans for your work within IMC USA.

Jon: In the short term, we’re looking to finalize agreements with some new universities and get those underway. We’ve just had another institution ask to work with us! With this increase in opportunities, we’re carefully evaluating our expansion plans to protect against a loss of "exclusivity” by our existing partners. It’s a good challenge to have. We also have a goodly number of universities "kicking the tires” and we need to work toward qualifying them and focus on the most promising candidates.

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.

Jon: We need a "point person;” someone with a solid, high-level connection at an educational institution would be of great help, especially if it could lead to another candidate institution. However, we also need people who are well-organized and can support the process – answering questions, creating and providing materials and information as needed, and following up to achieve closure on the outstanding efforts. At this point, there are numerous initiatives somewhere in the pipeline that need a critical assessment. We also need to maintain the currency of our teaching and marketing materials.

Loraine: Is there anything else that you’d like our audience to know?

Jon: In my opinion, this is the single most exciting initiative to come out of IMC USA and has immense potential for us and for the profession. We need to make this happen now and now is the time to get involved.

Loraine: Tell me how our readers can learn more about you and your committee.

Jon: I can be reached at jseidel@edpci.com or 510-530-6314. You can find basic information on the IMC USA website: www.imcusa.org, click "Prof. Learning” and then "Academic Programs” for a quick overview and information about the three currently-active programs.

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.

Loraine

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