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IMC NCR Chapter President's Message

Posted By Richard E. Ziegler, Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The beginning of the year was a real challenge with the transition to a new Board followed simultaneously with a series of storms that individually or collectively constituted a 100 year weather event(s). However, our motto is "it's not how you start but how you finish that counts”. Making up for lost time due to weather and transition challenges, I am now pleased to update you on the following:

1) We are underway with a long overdue multi year strategic plan that is being done and aligned with the emerging IMC USA plan. Contact your Board member Robert Simpkins with any inputs you have.

2) I thank the prior Board for their planning of the first half 2010 Chapter Dinner meetings. There have been a number of changes created by weather and scheduling conflicts but I am pleased to say that except for August we have a full line-up of programs through September.

3) Your Board member Angela Dingle is preparing a strategy to make our Chapter Dinner meeting topics appear more logical, sequential, and cohesive. Please contact her with your ideas as her first draft will be completed this month.

4) Your Board is in the early planning stages for something unusual for August. We have been getting feedback that August is not necessarily a lost month for an event. Please share your ideas with Board member Eric Thomas who is narrowing a list of ideas for a creative August event that builds more community among our consultant members which is a pre-requisite for collaboration.

5) We have a big event planned for July. Visit the IMC NCR Chapter site often and monitor your email for details.

6) Dick Warren has re-joined the Board recently to head the Chapter's Professional Development in part based on the excellent service he has demonstrated sitting on CMC evaluation panels. In addition to Consultants Meeting Consultants, and Dream Job or Worst Nightmare, we are looking for formats in demand by the consulting community. Please share your ideas with Dick as he prepares recommendations for the Board.

7) We have completed the design of a CEO Roundtable and we are now selecting Senior Executives to sit on the panel and/or roundtables. If you would like to volunteer your favorite CEO then please contact me.

The CEO Roundtable is not to be confused with the Consultants Roundtable that we are having tomorrow night which will include;

a) State of the Consulting Profession PowerPoint presented at the Chicago IMC Chapter Leaders Conference last week in Chicago. Some of the trends will surprise you!

b) Daniel Goldsmith, NCR Chapter Secretary, will provide an overview of information we took away from last week's conference that is relevant to our consultant membership.

c) Mark Haas will lead our annual book exchange so bring a good book to share with others. I am bringing The Contracting and Fee Setting Guide for Consultants and Professionals by Howard Shenson. Some of these books cost $40 and up at bookstores.

d) The topics facilitated at each Roundtable will be those of greatest interest to our attendees. Expect to come away with usable information from a highly interactive discussion.

Finally, we are still interviewing candidates for two open Board positions. If you are interested in serving and getting to know the Chapter operations and membership even better then please contact me to discuss your interests with our needs.

I hope to see you tomorrow night and I want you to know that our Board values active engagement with our membership. Richard

Truly Warm regards,

Richard E. Ziegler, MS-Org & Mgmt.

National Capital Region (NCR)

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Office (703) 637-9646, Ext 701
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