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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

Tags:  Academic Affairs Committee  Jon Seidel  Nominating Committee  Nominations 

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Here’s my New Year’s resolution for IMC USA – Implementing our own advice.

Posted By Loraine A. Huchler CMC FIMC, Monday, January 6, 2014

Here’s my New Year’s resolution for IMC USA – Implementing our own advice.

About a month after I took office, as I was mulling over this idea of leadership versus management, my husband jokingly observed, "You are all smart consultants who do wonderful things for your clients’ business – you obviously know what to do – how about implementing your own advice?” Yes, of course – talking is one thing, but execution – now that’s how change really occurs.

During the last eight months, we’ve been implementing our own advice by reinvigorating our national committees. We used a new strategy this time; we asked our nominating committee to expand their efforts to vet candidates for national committee chairs in addition to board members.

David Norman, as chair of the national nominating committee, has done a phenomenal job and I am pleased to report that we have filled positions in several key committees: Academic Initiatives, Membership, Marketing and our Academic Initiatives (University Relations), Membership, Marketing and the Academy. During the next few weeks, each of these committee chairs will "talk” in my blog; today’s "guest speaker” is our new chair of our National Marketing Committee, Jo Smith.

An Interview with our New National Marketing Chair, Jo Smith.

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

Jo: I have lived most of life in Portland Oregon, with a short time in Hawaii and Los Angeles. Most of my work is with professional service firms, primarily law firms, CPA firms and wealth managers, to help them leverage their talent. I coach and consult to develop leadership, with a focus on practice management and business development. My academic degree is in marketing, but I found that I most enjoy, working with people and services, rather than products.

Regarding my personal life, people seem to be surprised when they learn how much I love adventure. Whether it's taking racecar driving lessons, jumping from a plane or going to Rwanda where, in addition to helping a not-for-profit organization, I was able to see gorillas in the wild;, I love getting way-outside my comfort zone.

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

Jo: I've belonged to IMC for nearly 10 years and have attended meetings in my local chapter (Oregon-Southwest Washington (OSWW)) - an extremely vital chapter. The continued vitality of my chapter demonstrates the critical importance of succession planning. I've attended three Confabs and this fall's GROW conference and I always come back inspired! By far the greatest value I've received from IMC is rubbing shoulders, sharing ideas and occasionally sharing referrals with high quality consultants both within my chapter and at national conferences. Earning my CMC four years ago helped me define and better manage my business and increased the value of those relationships.

Loraine: You’ve just been appointed as chair of the National Marketing Committee. This committee is responsible for ensuring the content, clarity and consistency of our message to our stakeholders: members, prospective members, students, academicians, our affiliate partners who provide goods and services that consultants need and the business community. Tell me about your near term plans for your work within IMC USA.

Jo: I have two goals for the next month. One goal is to learn; I'm on a steep learning curve, studying our website, listening in on IMC leadership calls, meeting with you and Gayle Carson nationally and with local IMC leaders, all to better understand IMC's benefits and issues and the needs of our various constituents. I’m also reviewing the marketplace relevance initiative that gathered information about the demographics and trends for our future members and methods to connect to these members. My second goal is to fill our committee with talented people interested in serving IMC and its members.

Loraine: Tell me about the nature of the committee to serve and what kinds of skills are most needed. (especially "web navigation” and "social media orchestration”).

Jo: We're looking for anyone who is interested in raising the visibility of IMC in the marketplace. We know that most of you have, by necessity, learned marketing to support your business, making you a valuable asset to the committee. We will be interfacing with all of the national committees and chapters. Obviously, if you have marketing experience, web navigation and social media expertise, we are very interested in having you on our committee. Public relations and graphics experience are also valued skills.

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

Jo: Simply that I'm excited about this opportunity. Enhancing IMC's visibility, providing a clear, consistent and powerful message about who we are, what we do and what we offer to our members, partners, clients and the wider business community will benefit each and every one of us!

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

Jo: Anyone interested in learning more about me and our committee can call me at 503.234.5044 or email me at josmith@josmithassociates.com. I welcome their calls, emails, questions, suggestions and interest! We will start our routine virtual meetings in February; this is an opportunity to get involved in our launch of this committee and really make a contribution to shaping our image and growing IMC's stature and relevance in the marketplace.

Many of our board members served on national committees or served 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

Tags:  Jo Smith  Marketing Committee  Nominating Committee  Nominations 

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