The process of applying expertise to a problem or issue; a consultant is usually an expert or a professional in a specific field and has a wide knowledge of the subject matter. A consultant usually works for a consultancy firm or is self-employed, and engages with multiple and changing clients. Thus, clients have access to deeper levels of expertise than would be feasible for them to retain in-house, and may purchase only as much service from the outside consultant as desired. This section includes 3 major categories of consulting: Threshold Competencies, Core Competencies, and Distinguishing Competencies.
2.1 Threshold Competencies: Competencies Characteristic of Entry Performance; prerequisites for participating in the consulting process.
2.2 Core Competencies: Competencies Characteristic of Proficient Performance; required attitudes, knowledge, and skills to successfully perform in the consulting process.
2.3 Distinguishing Competencies: Competencies Characteristic of Superior Performance; mastery of all elements in the consulting process.
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