|Connector Newsletter January 2023|
|Message from the Chair/CEO, Julia Demkowski CMC®|
|Happy New Year IMC USA! I hope all are off to a fabulous start to 2023!You have heard me say many times that IMC USA is one of the best kept secrets out there! We are the certifying body for management consultants with a purpose of supporting our members through certification, continuing education, and ethics. It is what separates us from other associations. We are an association for all consultants’ whether they are solo consultants or work with small or large firms. Membership in IMC USA is a path to certification for consultants looking to stand out from the crowd of other consultants. We will continue to spread this message in 2023 via new marketing and communication efforts. Stay tuned for announcements on how we will educate the business world about who we are and what it means to work with a CMC®.We have some exciting news coming out for all CMC’s!|
|If you have been thinking about pursuing certification, now is the time! As mentioned in previous newsletters in 2022, we have implemented improvements to our CMC Application and CMC Panel processes based on recommendations from two sprint teams. These sprint teams did a fantastic job to make the process more efficient while keeping the standards in place. As a result of this work, we created a new committee, the CMC Committee. This committee has been very productive and is currently working on raising awareness of certification and of course, IMC USA.|
Positive Changes from InternationalAs a member of IMC USA, you likely know that we are one of 51 countries which are members of the International Council of Management Consulting Institutes (ICMCI). They recently adopted an expanded Competence Framework. Your national board of directors voted in favor of those changes to ensure we are in alignment with our international peers, including reciprocity of the CMC®. The changes to the Competence Framework are exciting and we are sharing three key parts herein. If you are interested in the details behind this summary, please go to www.icmci.org for complete details of the Competence Framework. If you were at Consult-Con in Louisville, you likely noticed some of these changes in the workshops.Definition of Management Consultant:
First, ICMCI has redefined management consulting to be more inclusive. Their definition (which we also adopted) is: “A management consultant shall be defined as  one who helps organizations to solve issues, create value, maximize growth and improve performance  through the application of their knowledge, techniques and assets  to provide objective advice, expertise and specialist skills which the organization may be lacking.”Further, they add: “This definition shall include those consultants who work alone as a singleton, as a partner or employee of a practice or firm and those who work as internal consultants in an organization or government body whose primary purpose is not management consultancy.” Code of Professional Conduct:
The new Code of Conduct is over and above IMC USA’s Code of Ethics and is not meant to subsume or replace it, rather to be in addition to the Code of Ethics to which you, as a member of IMC USA sign adherence to. The Code of Conduct describes the rules of engagement that management consultants have in the greater community as well as the behaviors that are mandatory in our professional roles. It has five main parts to our responsibility – to the Client, to Society, to the Organization we work for, to those we work with, and to the consultancy profession itself. Each of the five has multiple sub responsibilities.We will be rewriting it to fit IMC USA over the next month, particularly for spelling differences across the world (i.e., ‘organization’ instead of ‘organization’). Like our powerful and institutionalized Code of Ethics, you will be asked annually to sign acceptance to the code. Competency Framework:
The competence framework is rearranged and expanded. The rearrangement simply moved subparts to different competencies. The expanded competence involves an expanded section on obligations to Society. Of note are the two sections of G1, Sustainability & Corporate and Social Responsibility.All these, and perhaps other changes will be rolled out over the next several months, as we update the website and other collateral material. You will be noticing that these changes are accompanied by changes in some graphics.We are excited about these changes and hope you see there are positive implications embedded to you, your practice, and how you market and conduct engagements. Consider, at a minimum, how adherence to a Code of Ethics, and now a Code of Conduct, separates you and your practice from other consultants in the eyes of your prospect!IMC USA is one of the best kept secrets out there! We must do more to educate the business world about who we are and what it means to work with a CMC®.Looking for an ETV (Easy to Volunteer) opportunity? We are calling on all CMCs to participate in promoting Certification and consider being a part of Academy classes, CMC Boot Camps, CMC Panels, committee members, and more. Please reach out to:Lindy Rome at: [email protected]
David Norman at: [email protected]
Gregory Brooks at: [email protected]
Julia Demkowski at: [email protected]Cheers to a very productive and successful 2023!
|2022 Consult-Con A Success!|
|Check out the 2022 Consult-Con photo library and video testimonials on the Post Conference webpage to learn more about the attendee experience in Louisville, KY, November 18 – 20, at the Brown Hotel. Also, congratulations to the IMC USA Chicagoland chapter who won the IMC USA 2022 Consult-Con Chapter Contest because they had the highest percentage of chapter members registered for the conference!|
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|IMC USA Nonprofit Consultants Network|
|Mark your calendars for the upcoming Nonprofit Consultant Network event at no additional cost to IMC USA members:|
Nonprofit Consultants Virtual NETWORKING Happy HourHosted and facilitated by Linda Howard, CMCTuesday, January 24, 2023
2:00 – 3:00 pm Pacific, 3:00 – 4:00 pm Mountain, 4:00 – 5:00 pm Central; 5:00 – 6:00 pm EasternRegister at the following link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/imc-nonprofit-consultants-virtual-networking-happy-hour-tickets-400882058027 Want to receive regular updates for the IMC USA Nonprofit Consultants Network mailing list? Send your name, email address, and organization to [email protected]. Ed Potter, CAE
Chair, IMC USA Nonprofit Consultants Network
|Welcome November – December New Members|
|Peter Preovolos, Sioux Falls, South DakotaSaravanan Rajendran, Oakland, California|
|Member Stories: What IMC USA Means to Me|
|A series of stories by our members. Add your story here: https://imcusa.org/testimonial-formAndre Vaccaro, PCM of Nova Orbis Global Business Advisors specializes in Strategic Planning, Mentoring, Management Consulting, Marketing & Business Planning.”As a professional, it is vital to stay updated and to offer to clients the state-of-the-art in consulting. By interacting with IMC USA members|
throughout the country, we can receive and collect this information. Besides, the CMC® Certification is a plus and is a must in our profession.”
|Thinking about starting, growing and sustaining your practice? What better way than utilizing the resources and community IMC USA offers! If you are seeking to begin your practice, implement a proven competency framework, develop business, optimize performance, exceed client expectations and much more – it all starts with membership and personalized onboarding! Click here to get started today!|
|News Around the Web|
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|Certified Management Consultant (CMC®)|
|CMC® Certification Committee and Volunteers|
The CMC® Certification Committee consists of qualified volunteers who are stepping up to serve as CMC® Oral Examination panelists. Panel Chairs and examiners must comprehend:the Exam Panel Instructions (page 5) andthe Exam Orientation-Agenda Letter format that facilitates the CMC® Oral Exam Panel Chair to custom fit an agenda for the exam panelists to follow.CMC Candidates who are awarded the CMC® (Certified Management Consultant) credential by the IMCUSA have demonstrated an exceptional level of performance that includes:professional standards in technical competency and ethics,global standards in consulting competencies,professional and ethical behavior,client and project management, andpersonal conduct (https://imcu.memberclicks.net/benefits-and-process).Our IMC USA is in the process of addressing the ICMCI’s Triennial Assessment for awarding the CMC®. IMC International Members are encouraged to explore and consider earning the Global CMC® through the ICMCI (The International Council of Management Consulting Institutes). The ICMCI’s CMC-Global Institute link is located at https://www.cmcgi.org/content/cmc-designation.2022 CMC® Triennial Recertification Form
Recertification continues with more CMC’s renewing their credential (https://imcu.memberclicks.net/cmc-renewal) this year. Since July 1, 2022, one singular CMC® Recertification Form has been adopted that adheres to the already authorized format from the IMCUSA Board of Directors.
In the future, following the July 31, 2022 deadline, a $70 administrative charge will be added to process any candidate’s recertification form. If you do not recertify, your IMCUSA status will be changed from Certified Management Consultant (CMC®) to Professional.To purchase The Mastering Management Consulting Ethical Challenges Module, which satisfies the ethics requirements for CMC Recertification, please link to (https://imcu.memberclicks.net/mastering-management-consulting-mmc-).
If you are a non-member or expired member, and you wish to join or renew, or apply for Certified Emeritus, please contact Membership at [email protected].
For any other questions regarding CMC® Recertification, please contact Lindy Rome at [email protected].
Thanks, again, for helping advance our IMC’s unique credential: the CMC® (Certified Management Consultant).Gregory Lunde, CMC®-Emeritus
IMCUSA CMC® Certification Committee Chair
(562) 733-9119CMC® (Certified Management Consultant) is a certification mark awarded by the Institute of Management Consultants USA: www.imcusa.org. CMC® represents evidence of the highest standards of consulting and adherence to the ethical canons of the profession (www.cmcglobal.org and www.icmci.com)
|C2M Host Ken Lizotte CMC is Chief Imaginative Officer (CIO) of emerson consulting group inc., which transforms consultants and their firms into business thought leaders via published books, published articles, virtual speaking and other media. Active in IMC for over two decades, Ken has been Chair of Consult-Con 2020 and 2021, president of IMC New England and member of the IMC USA National Board. Author of eight books, Ken is a popular professional speaker and consultant. Visit his website www.thoughtleading.com or email [email protected]|
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|Be Recognized for your Outstanding International Work|
|Do you have outstanding results from an international project? The International Constantinus Awards is your opportunity to garner that recognition for your hard work in making a difference. If you have an engagement that qualifies, please contact Joyce Gioia, CMC®, FIMC Constantinus Award Ambassador for IMC USA at [email protected] for more about the criteria and an application.|
|Women Consultants Group|
|The IMC USA Women Consultants SIG meets next on Thursday, January 5th, at 5 PM Eastern. Join us for networking and our facilitated discussion. The meeting takes place on Zoom from 5-6 PM Easter and includes introductions and the opportunity for any member to bring a question or issue to the group related to the business of consulting and get immediate feedback, suggestions, solutions or answers. In addition, the Women Consultants SIG plans to meet in-person for a meal at Consult-Con 2022! Contact Jennifer Beever Causey at [email protected] for more details on the Zoom meeting or the in-person meeting at the conference.|
|Upcoming National & Chapter Events|
|IMC USA produces several programs each month. Please visit the online calendar to plan your participation. The majority of these programs are included with your membership! You may search by category and month.|
|There are 9 chapters throughout the United States that serve members on a local basis – including programming and networking. Please click here to determine the closest chapter to your vicinity.|
|IMC USA Foundation|
|December is giving month — the gifts to loved-ones, the holiday celebrations – all are tangible evidences of your generosity. December is also the last time to consider tax deductions to close out the year. Your IMC USA Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit established for both the promotion of the profession and education of management consulting. This year your past gifts were used as scholarships to assist worthy students in advancing their choice of consulting as a career. Give before December 31st, it simply feels good and provides you a tax deduction as the same time. Lastly, a special ‘thank you’ to those of you who supported the Foundation over the 12 months.|
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