March 2024

Jump to: President’s Message | Ethics | Call for Nominations | Upcoming Events | Certification | Professional Development | New Members

 

In today’s dynamic business landscape, the need for ethical management consulting is not just nice to have but a necessity.  At the core of ethical management consulting is the understanding that our recommendations and actions impact not just our clients but also their stakeholders and the broader society. 

For Certified Management Consultants (CMCs)® the IMC USA Code of Ethics is not merely a set of guidelines; it’s a commitment to integrity, competence, independence, objectivity, and excellence in all our professional endeavors. By upholding ethical standards, CMCs® ensure that our work brings about positive and sustainable change, creating a ripple effect that extends far beyond the boardroom. Clients trust us with their most critical challenges, and it is our ethical duty to provide them with unbiased, expert advice that serves their best interests.

Ethical consulting also means being mindful of the broader implications of our work. We must consider the political, economic, social, technological, legal, and environmental impacts of our recommendations and strive to create value not just for our clients but for the public and the profession as a whole. This requires a holistic approach that takes into account the long-term consequences of our actions.

Through our certification, trainings, enforceable Code of Ethics, and Code of Conduct, IMC USA is equipping our members with the tools and knowledge they need to navigate complex ethical dilemmas. However, our work is far from over. As the pace of change accelerates, so do the ethical challenges we face. It is imperative that we continue to uphold the highest ethical standards and lead by example in the management consulting profession.

Together, we can build a future where ethical management consulting is not just a goal but a reality.

Let’s Elevate Trust in Management Consulting – Even When Other Professions’ Ethical Ratings are Down

On January 22, 2024 Gallup published the results of a study in an article by Megan Brenan and Jeffrey M. Jones entitled, Ethics Ratings of Nearly All Professions Down in U.S.  The study conducted December 1-20, 2023, of 800 U.S. adults, measured the honesty and ethics of 23 professions and compared the data to its historical data starting in 1976. [NOTE: Management Consulting was NOT included in their list of professions.]

Their findings: the 800 participants believe the honesty and ethics of the professions included have declined by an average of six points since 2019 (Veterinarians were the exception because their profession was not included in the 2019 study.) Nurses are deemed most trustworthy, honest, and ethical in the study with Senators and then Members of Congress in the bottom two spots. The ONLY profession that saw an increase – though it was only a 1% point increase – of all 23 professions was Labor Union Leaders.

So what does this mean to us as management consultants? With trust seemingly eroding among most professions, now more than ever, we need to walk the walk and talk the talk of ethical management consulting. If we hope to attract new clients, deepen relationships with our clients, and provide greater outcomes for them, we need them to trust us. We need them to believe in us and our honesty. We need them to know we’re ethical in how we work with them and in how we manage our businesses. We need to talk about, apply, and model the IMC USA enforceable Code of Ethics in our communications and interactions with them.

Let’s start to talk comfortably, confidently, and intelligently about how we put trust, honesty, and ethical practices at the forefront of everything we do. Let’s elevate trust in management consulting, even when trust in other professions is down.

Call for Nominations for IMC USA Board of Directors

If you have been looking for a way to make a difference, grow your leadership skills and give back to the profession, consider serving on the IMC USA Board of Directors.

Elected positions include: Chair-Elect,* Treasurer (2-year term limit) and two Directors (3-year term).

*Chair-Elect is an automatic successor to the Chair in the second year and Past Chair after completing a one-year Chair term. (3-year rotation)

If you would like to nominate yourself or another IMC USA member, please send an email to the Nominating Committee ([email protected]) no later than Friday, March 1, 2024 at 5 pm EST. 

Prospective candidates will receive a questionnaire summarizing their relevant experience and submit a one-page statement supporting their candidacy and a photo. In addition to strong leadership skills and a commitment to actively participate in Board meetings and activities, the Nominating Committee evaluates each candidate’s familiarity and experience with fiduciary, governance and operations of non-profit organizations, their past service to IMC USA and other organizations and interviews the nominee and several references. Upon completion of all interviews, the Nominating Committee will communicate directly with each prospective candidate regarding their candidacy.

Individuals whose qualifications and interests match the board’s current requirements for Director will be included in the ballot for the 2024 elections. Directors that are duly elected will serve a three (3) year term ending in 2027 .

Please note our rating criteria favors candidates who have demonstrated their commitment to the profession of consulting by earning a CMC® certification.

General Eligibility Criteria for Board Service:

  • Member of IMC USA in good standing.
  • Experience as a volunteer Board or Committee member in IMC USA or other organization.
  • Leadership experience within IMC USA (chapter board, chapter, or national committee) or other organizations.

General information about national Board of Director service:

  • Board members are expected to attend each scheduled board meeting (quarterly virtual meetings, annual face-to-face board meeting at the national conference, periodic working sessions, special board meetings as needed) as well as attend the national conference and other IMC USA events. The Executive Committee will determine the meeting schedules and locations; the current board schedule will be included in the nomination application.
  • Board members are responsible for completing assigned tasks and preparation for each meeting.
  • Directors must be able and willing to commit to the necessary time for duties (time commitments vary by role).

Please submit the name(s) of candidate(s) to the Nominating Committee ([email protected]) no later than 5 pm EST on Friday, March 1, 2024.

Questions? Contact Loraine Huchler, P. E., CMC®, FIMC, Chair, IMC USA Nominating Committee, [email protected]; 609-865-8151 (cell)

Upcoming Events

March 8, 2024 – Lunch and Learn Webinar: Unlocking a Foolproof Process for Consulting Success

Are you looking to seeking to elevate the way you manage client projects? Do you need a systematic framework to enhance project efficiency? Grab lunch and join us for a one hour training as we unlock a proven process for managing client assignments! Discover how to streamline project processes, improve client communication, and ensure project outcomes aligned with stakeholders’ expectations. Our speaker, Loraine Huchler, will share practical insights, best practices, and real-world examples to help you increase client satisfaction. Don’t miss this opportunity to revolutionize your consulting approach and deliver exceptional results for your clients. Whether you’re a seasoned consultant or just starting, this session is a must-attend. Register now!

Guest Speaker: Loraine Huchler, P.E., CMC®, FIMC currently serves as the IMC USA Vice-President of Professional Learning and Development and is an instructor for the IMC USA course that teaches the fundamentals of management consulting, Mastering Management Consulting (MMC) and is author and facilitator for the IMC USA introductory course for management consulting, QuickStart.

For 35 years, she has run a highly successful consulting practice that assesses and manages risk in water-related utility systems. She has published numerous peer-reviewed articles, published a book, and serves on the editorial board of an engineering trade publication. Ms Huchler has a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Rochester, Rochester, NY and is licensed as a Professional Engineer Click Here to Register Today

March 12, 2024 – Inside the Consultant’s Studio

Inside the Consultant’s Studio is an IMC USA quarterly program where we interview a successful management consultant followed by audience questions and answers. It offers audience members first-hand knowledge and expertise on consultative behavior.

This month’s guest, Chuck Roxin, CMC®, founded his consultancy, Roxin Solutions, in 1983 in Rochester, NY. He joined IMC in 1987 and shortly thereafter received his CMC®.  He holds graduate degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and the State University of New York at Brockport, and has been affiliated with the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations, the Rochester Institute of Technology Laboratory for Quality and Productivity in the Graphic Arts, The University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, Seattle University and other institutions.

Join us as Chuck shares consulting secrets to working with very large corporations such as ABB, GM, Cooper Power and others, as well as mid-sized companies and small enterprises. Learn how he successfully consulted with non-profit organizations and various branches of government, including local, state and federal government agencies such as NIH, the National Research Council and all major uniformed services. Click Here to Register Today!

March 15, 2024 – Leadership Summit

On behalf of the National Board of Directors, IMC USA volunteers are invited to join us for the 2024 Leadership Summit. It is both an exciting and changing time for IMC USA as we continue to grow and adapt to our new world and way of life. The Summit will again be held virtually!

Our association is confronting a time of many changes and we are meeting these changes during a time of larger nationwide and global uncertainties. Management consulting continues to be an exciting profession with many great opportunities to make a difference at local, national, and global levels and we intend to be part of the solutions.

So, what can we do?  How will we meet this great opportunity to grow our membership, increase retention, and create value through community, education, and certification? Developing a consensus around a plan to address these challenges is the focus of this year’s Summit.

During our time together, there will be lots of opportunities to hear about the direction of IMC USA, learn about efforts to enhance communication and collaboration, and most importantly, to be an active part of ongoing objectives from planning and strategy to execution.

This year’s theme is “Momentum” Our goal is to work collaboratively on:

  • IMC 2024 Strategic Priorities & Direction
  • New Organizational Structure/Chart
  • Marketing and Programming
  • 2024 Consult Con

We need to be collective in our way transforming the way we operate to continuously improve and build a sustainable association. We should all be very proud of where we are today and excited about where we are headed.

Thank you for attending this Leadership Summit and bringing your expertise and passion for IMC USA. You are truly our greatest asset today and tomorrow, and we could not accomplish what we do without your support and leadership. You, as leaders, have the vision, the knowledge, commitment, and the experience to help us pave our way into the future.

We ask you to stay engaged, think proactively, and help guide the future of IMC USA. This event is by invitation only. If you are an IMC USA volunteer leader, a registration link will be sent to you via email by February 29, 2024. Please keep an eye on your inbox for this invitation. Add to your calendar.

March 25, 2024 – Meet the Members

Are you looking to explore synergies with other like-minded consultants? Mark your calendar, grab your favorite beverage and make plans to join us for a virtual happy hour where you can meet members of IMC USA. It’s a great way to expand your professional network. Partnering and networking are foundational components of a successful consulting practice and are key to building sustainable relationships. New and existing members alike are welcome to join this monthly virtual event. The is a free, virtual member only event. Click Here to Register Today!

Save the Date: May 22, 2024 | 2-3 PM EST – Ethics Hour: Turning the Dial and Elevating Your Business and Brand | Liz Weber, CMC®, IMC USA Ethics Committee Chair

“Conversations around ethical business practices don’t typically rise to the top of someone’s wish list of things to do, but understanding the subtle and not-so-subtle ramifications of ethical – or unethical – business practices can make or break your reputation and management consulting business.

Why risk making a mistake because you were uninformed? These engaging conversations inform, educate, and help our community of management consultants be the best we can be.”

Become A Certified Management Consultant® (CMC®)

Management consultants who seek to better serve their clients, grow their business, improve their skills, and/or practice within a solid ethical framework are encouraged to go through the certification process.

The Institute of Management Consultants (IMC USA) offers management consultants in the United States the opportunity to become a Certified Management Consultant (CMC®) – an internationally recognized credential as the gold standard in business consulting certifications. The CMC® serves as a differentiator for consultants and provides their practice and their clients additional value within a framework of Business Insight & Aptitude, Practice Capabilities, Consultative Behavior, plus Ethics & Professional Conduct.

Show Your Level of Knowledge

Certification as a Management Consultant from IMC USA (CMC®) demonstrates to potential clients a high level of expertise and knowledge.

The certification also helps business consultants and consulting firm owners/principles run their business more efficiently and have stronger relationships with their clients. Certified Management Consultants® are supported by a Code of Conduct that ensures you keep market value and attractiveness into the future.

What it Takes to Be a CMC®

Achieving a management consultant certification is a worthwhile goal. To become certified, IMC USA has several requirements for eligibility and steps to ensure those who gain the CMC® certification have thoroughly presented their ability to work at a higher level among the current pool of consultants.

While this process can feel daunting, IMC provides education, tools and community to help raise the bar for each individual consultant and help the industry to elevate in ability, knowledge, and ethics. The bottom line is this: certification through IMC sets the standard and provides the support for consultants to move to the next level in their career. Get started today!

 

Professional Development for Management Consultants

Enroll in IMC USA online, on-demand budget friendly programming to accelerate your consulting practice and achieve your professional goals:

  1. QuickStart
  2. ISO 20700
  3. Mastering Management Consulting

QuickStart
QuickStart is an online interactive training program that:

  • Teaches the essentials to create a successful consulting practice
  • Serves as a proven foundational framework which includes consulting process and ethics facilitated by an experienced Certified Management Consultant (CMC®)
  • Provides a peer group after the training to support your business growth.

Management consultants should attend if:

  • You’re just getting started in consulting or if you’re an experienced consultant adapting to an ever-changing marketplace.
  • You are uncertain about methods to find prospective clients.
  • You are struggling to articulate the value of your consulting services.
  • You’re looking for a peer group to help you grow your business

ISO 20700
Establish yourself as a credible and reliable consultant in the eyes of your clients with the help of the ISO 20700 Guidelines.This course will help you understand the ISO 20700 guidelines for the effective delivery of management consultancy services. The use of this ICMCI checklist tool will help you apply these guidelines on all your projects, creating transparency between you and your clients.

Any management consultants interested in furthering their professional education should considered this valuable three-module program.

Mastering Management Consulting
In this course, individuals can learn the fundamentals of management consulting from successful, experienced consultants.

  • Do you want to deliver more value for clients?
  • Are you just starting a new or re-focusing an existing consulting practice?
  • Would you like to have more confidence about the right steps in a consulting project?

Participants will learn how to identify client needs, create winning proposals, win more projects, deliver better results, design effective project plans, and execute successful consulting engagements.

Welcome New Members

  • Omotayo Adeoye, Illinois
  • Miguel Galarza, California
  • Adelaido Godinez, Ohio
  • Ashwin Ganesh Krishnamurthy, California
  • Archith Mohan, California
  • Andrew Oyedeji, North Carolina

IMC USA is a founding member of the International Council of Management Consulting Institutes (ICMCI) representing 64,000 global members. ICMCI’s mission is to advance our profession worldwide, by being the leader in the development of management consulting as a global profession that drives social and economic success.