About Peter Jay Sorenson CMC
Strategic Organization Design Consultant
Pete is a strategic organization design consultant, coach, and social entrepreneur operating under the name Strategic Organization Design, Inc.
The Big Picture
Pete is known for his ability to see the Big Picture, make sense of messes, and lead teams through the resolution of complex issues. He relates well to people from all stations of life, speaks frankly, and has a practical eye for getting things done.
Pete’s consulting and coaching practice focuses on supporting organizations through the seasonal cycle those organizations move through. His core services outline that cycle. It includes crafting strategy, intentionally designing organizations (with webs of intangible assets), creating change, as well as assessing results (discovering what works). In addition to that Pete offers two essential enabling services that lubricate the seasonal cycle. Those services are designing and facilitating meetings and coaching executives.
In focusing on the future oriented, context sensitive, purposeful, and intentional design of organizations and creating change – Pete has worked closely with union, management, and employee teams at all levels of the organization. Most of Pete’s clients have been involved in mergers, acquisitions, reorganizations, and innovation-based changes that could or have turned into messes. His clients include publicly and privately held for-profit, not-for-profit, and governmental organizations.
Consulting with Non-Profits
Pete has also worked in humanitarian services and economic, social, and cultural self-reliance in developing countries for a decade. He has served as an advisor to and member of the board for a small US based NGO. In 2002 he joined a four person consulting team and the board on a fact finding and reflection trip to El Salvador that resulted in a complete revision of the organization’s strategy.
Consulting in the Developing World
As he continued his research into discovering what works in the developing world Pete has spent more than a month visiting projects, volunteer teams, in-country NGO Partners, government, military, and religious leaders in Asia (Khao Lak, Thailand – 2005), Central America (El Salvador and Guatemala – 2007) and Africa (Uganda – 2010).
The extended visit in Khao Lak, Thailand has especially been on his mind this year as we have seen the heart wrenching consequences of the Haitian and Chilean earthquakes and the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. The issues of rapid response and integration of effort between the military, government, for-profit, and nonprofit communities as well as issues surrounding the long-term physical and psycho-social reconstruction of the fabric of community life after dramatic and traumatic change are of significant concern to Pete.
Peter Sorenson earned his Bachelor’s Degree in the Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington (1976) and his Master’s Degree in Organizational Behavior from Brigham Young University (1979). The Institute of Management Consultants awarded Pete the Certified Management Consultant® designation in 2002. He previously served on the IMC USA Board of Directors and on the Steward’s Team for the STS Roundtable. He currently serves on the Planning Team of the DFW OD Network.
Institute of Management Consultants ICMCI – IMC USA – CMC® – ISO/IEC 17024
Since 1968, the Institute of Management Consultants (IMC USA) has set the standards for competency, professionalism and ethics for the consulting profession in the United States. Based in Washington, D.C., the nonprofit IMC USA is a charter member of the International Council of Management Consulting Institutes (ICMCI), a 47-nation body that sets global standards for competence, professionalism and ethics for management consultants. IMC USA has approximately 2,000 individual members and 21 chapters throughout the country. IMC USA’s certification process has earned the prestigious ISO/IEC 17024 accreditation.
The CMC certification is awarded by IMC USA to those consultants who have met global professional standards of performance that include technical and consulting competencies, ethics knowledge and application, client and project management skills and professional and personal conduct. A CMC candidate must submit to a rigorous vetting process including the submission of blind satisfaction surveys from clients, taking in-depth examinations covering consulting competencies and ethics, and sitting for a panel interview conducted by senior CMCs.
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(Quoted from an IMC USA Press Release dated 09 September 2010)