The IMC USA Chair & CEO periodically reports on the state of the Institute, including new benefits to members, strategic affiliations with other organizations, business issues affecting the consulting profession, member accomplishments, chapter activities, and activities of the International Council of Management Consulting Institutes (ICMCI).
IMC USA Receives International Award and One of Our Own is also Recognized for Leadership
IMC USA is the 2012 recipient of the Most Dynamic Organization of Consultants from the Gabriel Al-Salem Foundation.
Gabriel Al-Salem was a very influential management consultant in Central Asia and was instrumental in expanding the international scope of the profession, particularly through the European Bank for Regional Development's Business Advisory Services Program (EBRD BAS) (Gabriel Al-Salem worked previously with Ernst & Young, A.T. Kearney, and KPMG Consulting). He tragically lost his life in 2010.
The Gabriel Al-Salem Foundation was established by his wife, Viktoria Olskaia to "help advance economic growth ... by providing access to innovations and best world practices in consulting." (see: www.ga-foundation.org)
As was noted in their award, "For over 40 years the Institute of Management Consultants USA has helped consultants both as individuals and members of firms to enhance their professional practice and to develop awareness in their clients of the value of a professional management consultant." They add, "In a way, IMC is a reflection of Gabriel's quest for all management consultants to be a dynamic brotherhood where cooperation, support, and ethics are the foundation of colleagues cooperating in a professional way."
As Chair I was honored and humbled to receive the award on behalf of you, our members. My comments, made via Skype, to an international audience included:
"Gabriel Al-Salem was the model of professionalism and ethics in management consulting. His focus, and indeed the Foundation's, on improving the business environment and promoting economic growth was crucial to the growth of management consulting in Central Asia. And, what makes this award especially important is its international scope, which is best exemplified in Gabriel's energies and it is reflective of his kindred spirit."
It was a great honor to accept this award on behalf of all members of IMC.
And, if that were not enough, another award was presented .... to our own Dr. Drumm McNaughton. From their website, "A Special Recognition award for Significant Contribution to the Development of Consulting Profession in Central Asia went to Drumm McNaughton, past Chair of the Institute of Management Consultants USA, for his volunteer help to Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan consultants in establishing the CMC certification process in their countries."
Many of you are aware that Drumm, through ERBD BAS, helped develop our fellow Institutes in both Kazakhstan and Kyrgystan and helped certifiy, as CMCs, eight management consultants.
So, congratulations to both Drumm McNaughton for his recognition and to IMC USA for its award.
In my previous blog I shared
some of our successes in communicating our value proposition to the consulting community which raises the value of our membership and certification. Today I will share several more successes we've had over the past months.
Being the founder of the Academy for Professional Development when Baldwin Tom CMC® was the Chair of IMCUSA, member education is one of the things that is near and dear to my heart. Don Scellato, and Diane Borhani and her Academy team, have worked hard to round out the educational offerings we have to help our
members raise their "game" to the next level, and many kudos for this go
to them for their efforts. Some of the things we've instituted / improved upon in the past couple of years include:
Consultapalooza, a way for senior
consultants and CEOs to share their insights and secrets on how they do what they do and how got where they are
the C2M brand and resources
As many of you know, C2M went out of business in 2005/6, resulting in our losing this treasure trove of wisdom. I don't know about you, but I waited eagerly each quarter to get my issue.
We now have this jewel as part of the IMC USA Knowledge Library, where you can access those timeless articles from years past
The excellent reputation of our educational offerings is getting out, and it resulted in our offering our Essentials course last year to a mid-size consultancy. This was done in a 3-day face-to-face session in the DC area, and following the training, four of their consultants successfully completed the certification process and were awarded their CMC®!
the Visibility of IMC and the CMC®
In a previous blog I discussed our earning ISO 17024:2003 certification for our
CMC® certification process. We celebrated that
achievement with a national PR campaign, and received recognition from multiple
sources, both print and web.
As part of that, we had designated "media spokespeople" across the country who reached out to help get more publicity and raise the visibility of the CMC®
Protecting the Brand
Having an outstanding brand such as the CMC® isn't enough - we need to take
steps to protect it. Among the things we have done over the past year is:
registration of the Certified Management Consultant™ certification with
the USPTO (United States Patent and Trademark Office).
As you may
recall, we registered the CMC® in 2002 with the USPTO, and thus can
use the ® with the CMC.
Our petition for registering Certified Management Consultant™ has been favorably received by the
USPTO, and we expect to have it registered early this
year. As such, we will be able to use the ® with it as we do with the CMC®.
the CMC Firm™ and Certified Management Consulting Firm™
Some of you know that I am the Lead Trustee to ICMCI, and I have been working hard on the international level to raise IMC USA's stature as a leader in the global consulting community.
In September, Clint Burdett and I attended the ICMCI Annual Meeting in Jordan, which was attended by representatives from over 40 member institutes / countries. Many important issues were discussed there that have bearing on us as an Institute and you as consultants. Some of those included:
CMC Firm™ certification has been adopted as one of the five strategic
initiatives for ICMCI.
the Jordan Meeting, I presented our CMC Firm™ process and
standards which were well received by the over 40 countries in
A task force has finalized the recognition of this, and I anticipate it be adopted globally in the next few months.
has also taken a lead role in the ISO accreditation process, with Clint
Burdett driving key initiative. This
involvement with the key players in the certification world further enhances IMC USA's standing as the standard
bearer for consulting in the USA.
As part of
our responsibilities to the global consulting community, we are helping
consultants from other countries become certified, nurturing developing
institutes, and training their leadership in the establishment and running
of a quality certification program.
While in Jordan, Clint and I conducted certification
panes for seven consultants from Kazakhstan and the Kyrgyz Republic with Nick Shepherd, the former National Certification Chair for the Canadian Association of Management Consultants, as well as
conducted assessor training for the new institutes.
As you can see, we were very busy last year and over the past few years, but yet there
is still more to be done. In my next blog I will present some of our
plans for 2011 and beyond.
It has been a very busy 2 months, and am glad that the holidays are
coming up for a break from the travel (and so I can get caught up on work).
Over the past few months I’ve been on the road 40 of the last 60 days, starting with a 10-day trip to Jordan for the ICMCI Annual Meeting, Hawaii for vacation (our first in 2 1/2 years), Confab, and a whirlwind trip of the East coast for IMC- and consulting industry-related meetings in NYC, and chapter meetings with the Carolinas and NE Chapters. It is amazing my wife still knows what I look like!
Confab. We had a great Confab this year. The program was superb, the food good, and the networking better than ever. Hat's off to the Confab Committee for a great conference.
Your Confab Committee this year was led by Michael Shays CMC FIMC, and the team made up of Joan Beavin CMC, Jennifer Beever CMC, Jane Black, Norm Eckstein CMC FIMC, Alice Heiman, John Newman, Dick Pinsker CMC FIMC, Don Scellato CMC, Cherryll Sevy CMC, and Doug Zogby. Thanks everyone, for a great conference!!!
Awards. We had a number of people recognized for their service to the Institute at Confab; they were:
Sarah Layton - Fellow of the Institute of Management Consultants USA Clint Burdett - Distinguished Service Award for the ISO 17024 certification Don Scellato - Distinguished Service Award for the ISO 17024 certification David Norman - Distinguished Service Award for his leadership in developing new IMC bylaws Drumm McNaughton - Distinguished Service Award for leadership of IMC USA
My congratulations to all of the awardees, and thank you for your service to IMC and the consulting profession.
I will be blogging more often to keep you better informed. Pls do read these, as this is where we will put out information that will help you informed about what is going on in YOUR Institute, and how we can help you to become better consultants and grow your businesses.
Congratulations to Mickey
Rosenau FIMC CMC for receiving the sixth ever Lifetime Achievement Award given
in IMC history. The Lifetime Achievement is IMC’s most “exclusive” award, and recognizes
a “lifetime of achievement” for IMC, clients, and the profession. Mickey joins five other – Jim Kennedy, Tom
Lawrence, Bob Kahn, Michael Shays, and Marsha Lewin – all who we highly revere
from the annals of IMC history.
Most of us do not know Mickey – but
his service to the Institute and the profession has been magnificent, and he
certainly made IMC a better place for many years. Mickey, congratulations, and
thank you for your service to IMC and the consulting profession.
Mickey will receive
his awards at Confab, and I encourage you to take a moment to meet him and shake
his hand – he has done so much for IMC and the profession, and have eons
of experience in helping others become better consultants.
If you haven't had a chance to
listen to Consultapalooza, the most recent Academy professional development
offering (which is free to members), you've missed out on some great advice
that can help you improve your business. Twice a month, Consultapalooza rock
star David Goldsmith interviews the top consultants via telephone and asks them
in-depth questions on their strengths and how they got to where they are. Kicking of the series was Mike Bosworth, who
many of you know as the author of the bestselling books SolutionSelling and
CustomerCentric Selling. Mike gave us some great ideas on how to weave
storytelling into the sales process to promote yourself as an expert in your
field from his upcoming book. Following
Mike we have had Jim Rodgers, Robert Schaffer, Jagdeth Sheth, and Jill Konrath;
future speakers include such "consulting dignitaries" as Peter Block,
Mike Schultz, Alan Weiss, and Vickie Sullivan.
Consultapalooza interviews can be
listened to live or via MP3 download from the Knowledge Resource Library a few
days after the interview. To find out
more, go up to the IMC website under Professional Learning and Consultapalooza
and sign up.
Happy New Year! May 2009 be your best year ever!!!
In keeping up with the spirit of the Chair blog, I would like to highlight something which came out recently in the e-zine The Street.com. One of our members, Greg Ward CMC, was quoted in an article about Gen Y in the marketplace and how they are making an impact while having special needs. It is a great article for those who are consulting in the areas of leadership, team building, culture, and organization change, and I highly recommend it.
Another thing I liked about the article is that in he is a "certified management consultant." Writing articles / being quoted and stating that you are a CMC and/or telling someone about your membership in IMC are some of the ways we are branding IMC and the CMC over the next years.
Thanks, Greg, for mentioning having the CMC - efforts like yours and others are helping us create broader recognition for the CMC and IMC membership in the marketplace.
Speaking of recognition, did you know that IMC will help you write a press release about something noteworthy that has happened to you / your business and release it for you to media outlets? As you know, press releases are a great way to develop pull marketing for your business, and getting quoted in the media (to whom the press releases go), can help you fill your pipeline.
We have issued press releases for a number of members already, including Loraine Huchler for her work in helping the Gulf Coast refineries return to operations following Hurricane Ike, and Ken Lizotte and his recent book The Expert's Edge.
If you have a newsworthy item on which you would like to have IMC issue a press release, please contact Gayle Carson, Bette Price, or Gail McCauley. They will be happy to get you on the road to becoming a "consultant rock star"!!!