Friday, July 27, 2012
Posted by: David T. Norman, CMC, CBM
I want to take this opportunity to provide you an update on the
organization, as your IMC national Board has just wrapped up its annual
strategic planning session. With the economic conditions of the past several
years and the impact these conditions have had on both the membership and the
organization on the top of our minds, we approached strategic planning with one
outcome in mind: creating more value for our members to help them during these
The meeting resulted in the development of six major initiatives
(with multiple tasks under each initiative), which are:
Member retention -- providing a
richer, more demonstrable value for our members
creating more opportunities to attract new talent to our chapters and
Grow! -- elevating the
conference to one presenting the exemplary reputation of the profession. See
more details in this newsletter.
University -- leveraging
our competencies and ethics commitment through partnerships with top
universities to educate consultants of the future
Certification -- raising the
visibility of certification and continuing to build the reputation of the
professional standard for management consultants
Education -- improving
consultants ability to serve by renewing and reinvigorating our
educational/professional development offerings
Again, all of these initiatives have one common theme -- creating more value for you. You will
hear more detail about each of these initiatives in the coming months.
I am confident that the organization can achieve these initiatives with
the support of our membership and I know this from looking back at your
commitment to the profession in the past. The origin of this organization 44
years ago was a peer group of the large consultancies coming together to raise
the level of professionalism and ethics in the profession. Over the past few years,
with your input and work, we focused on offering new services, such as the
Marketplace directory and increasing the brand recognition of our certification
through the process of becoming accredited as an ISO/IEC 17074 certifying body.
So, what can you do to help? Please write to me at
firstname.lastname@example.org, providing your suggestions for the advancement of the
organization, and/or your interest in serving (for example, at the
Chapter-level, on a committee or a task force) to carry out these initiatives.
We are, after all, a membership organization run by volunteers -- the more
collaborative the effort and energy, the better the results.
Thank you, again, for
your membership and support.