In the previous Message from the Chair [note: link to the previous one, please], explained, albeit briefly, how this role is a pay-back for Nat Hill’s pay-forward and how a mentor in a leadership position can set a career path in motion.
This next short series of the Message from the Chair addresses leadership – the leadership of IMC USA and the results of the Leadership Summit in Chicago, May 5 and 6th, 2011 and some of it comes from the comments I made opening the session.
For the last several years we have held a Chapter Leadership Summit which has been attended by approximately 25 – 45 members of the leadership across IMC USA. This year, in that fashion, was no different. However, this day and one-half meeting was about asking questions and listening, not telling. The sessions were devoted to the leaders I First, notice the nuance in the name change -- in previous years this was the Chapter Leadership Summit; this year it was the Leadership Summit and this shift was not an oversight, but rather intentional. Things are changing and so must we – we must build engaged communities of consultants, whether it is a chapter, a special interest group or any community of like-minded consultants. This summit was devoted to building engaged communities.
During our sessions, an analogy of IMC USA started to be honed by attendees. Juan C. Mendez, an At-Large member from Weston, Florida, drew a health-club analogy and Mike Sarlitto, from Chicago, honed (only in the way an experienced business development consultant could) the message (more on the analogy and its applicability to our current situation in the next Message from the Chair). Most of the discussions on Thursday were about communities and how they are created (again, stay tuned).
On Friday, the participants had three speakers. First off was a workshop by Jack Altschuler on his Fully Alive Leadership. This was an animated, entertaining and engaging workshop about "how we show up with others and how they are impacted so that want to give their best, their A-game.” His Eleven Principles of Fully Alive Leadership proved to be a exclamation mark on Thursday’s community-building conversations. It is, after all about leadership.
The mid-morning speaker was Jenny Sutton, who co-authored (with her husband, Gordon Perchthold) a book, Extract Value from Consultants. Each has extensive background in consulting and wrote the book, not about consultants, but for clients and how clients can get more through their consultants. Her comments regarding the differences between perceptions of clients and consultants on success of projects were particularly enlightening. Finally, Jess Scheer from Kennedy Information’s Consulting Magazine talked about current and future trends in the consulting profession and how they affect your consulting business and the marketplace.
Thanks go to all the participants and to Judith Light, whose design was derived from Peter Block's (
Flawless Consulting) book, Community: A Structure of Belonging, is greatly appreciated. The whole process has reminded me, a question is more powerful than an answer. Stay tuned.