Are you fed up of consultants who
- create dependency and undermine the confidence and capacity
- sell the same old solution whether it fits the problem or not?
- are more focused on position in their business than value to the client
Look, I’ll come right out — I’m a consultant.
A former member of the Worshipful Company of Management Consultants, no less.
I love the combination of analysis, intellectual challenge, the complexities of helping people and organisations to be better, opportunities to perform — and maybe just a tinge of ego.
And consultants, managed properly, can be invaluable
But I believe that the true job of consultants is to do themselves out of a job.
The work is not just fixing or adapting the organisation or people.
Sustainability — doing the right thing — means passing on the skills for analysis and continual improvement, for understanding and rethinking — making the clients better consultants for themselves than you can be.
I think that might be true of most jobs.
What are you doing — whatever your profession — to do yourself out of a job?