Last week we outlined what the revival of the consulting series; today we start with Roles and the Oath. Some background on my consulting story.
Academically my second degree and career started with a BS in Organizational Behavior, my MS is in Management & Organizational Development. I started the first consulting operation the US Coast Guard while assigned to its Leadership & Management Program where I eventually fleeted up to School Chief.
I left the military and started a one person consulting frim and built several successful businesses including the Ken Blanchard Companies Consulting Firm - Blanchard Solutions Group.
This series and today's show in a reflection of the good, the bad, and the ugly of 41 years in the industry.
Let me start with how much I dislike the term consultant. Not because I dislike the profession, it is all about a misunderstanding that we in the industry perpetuate. I refer to myself as the 'Unconsultant' because I want to improve our reputation from:
somebody from out of town in a business suite with a brief case and business card who borrows your watch to tell you the time and expects a big check for their positive impact.
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO KNOW
Consulting Models and Roles
4 Roles a Consulting or Consultant can play: Virtual or Fractional Executive, Subject Matter Expert, Coach, and Trainer. Each has important underlying assumptions, and each can, under the proper conditions, be useful. A consultant may also choose to play any role depending on their area of specialization and the context in which help is needed.
However, many consultants primarily act from being in charge, taking over a specific function, helping Owners/Executives to improve, or conducting a technology transfer.
Understand that the terms of consulting (FE & SME), coach, or trainer are artificial. Each are a methodology for sharing and incorporating information the client needs to deal with immediate issues and handle long term growth challenges.
UnConsultants Hippocratic Oath
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO DO
Next Show: CIB.03 SELECTING YOUR PRACTICE AREAS
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