Given my 2 year post as the immediate past president to the Arizona chapter of the Institute of Management Consultants, many clients and colleagues know that I am interested in the profession of management consulting. I believe the profession is a science and an art and not what former managers should simply take up because they are between jobs!
On my list of things to do while here in the Republic of Turkey was to explore the state of management consulting. Enter YDD. The YDD (acronym for Turkish Management Consulting Association) – like the US organization “Institute of Management Consultants USA” (IMC USA) — is an accredited member of ICMCI, the international umbrella for management consulting. The YDD, with 164 members spread between Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir, has monthly meetings and certifies its members as well. (Of the 25 or so present, four were certified.) Management consulting is relatively new here and requires a good understanding of the opportunities and risks of working in family-owned businesses. Almost all businesses are held among family members.
The topic of the month was a discussion of the benefits and risks of strategic partnerships for small and medium sized businesses. (Next time I hope to speak enough Turkish to convey some of the themes!)
I was honored to speak on the state of consulting, the current strategy of IMC-USA and the state of affairs at the Arizona Chapter. A key theme presented was how to partner with our professional colleagues in other countries in order to provide services to our global clients? Could a global, virtual chapter provide the vehicle for these connections?
The Istanbul Chapter was most generous and hospitable, and I look forward to future collaboration with its members.