There are many reasons why a company should use a consultant when the client:
• Retains a consultant’s expertise rather than hiring a person full-time.
• Needs to supplement skills they already possess.
• Needs specialized expertise unavailable within the company.
• Needs new and innovative ideas and approaches to conducting business.
• Needs to implement accountability into the employee organization and management team.
• Needs a second opinion to add credibility to a plan or a strategic decision.
• Has a pressing need for completing a special project that cannot be addressed by the company for an extended period of time.
• Needs an independent assessment of the company’s strengths and weaknesses.
• Needs employee assessment addressing who to hire, who to develop, who to keep, who to release, who to consider for management succession, etc.
• Needs an independent assessment of the competitions’ strengths and weaknesses.
• Needs a broad base of knowledge from which to draw expertise.
• Needs to increase sales (aka revenues) and/or profits.
• Needs an independent and objective outside evaluation of their company’s performance, plans (strategic, marketing, etc.), organizational structure, decisions, opportunities and challenges.
In almost every instance, very significant and positive changes can be realized, but if the business does not retain the services of a consultant, they can never experience these benefits or they must forgo sales and profits until such time that the company can act. The consultant focuses on new ideas and different approaches of doing business with a focus of “Best Practices”.
Change is good! Change can help distinguish a company from their competition by establishing competitive advantages that enhance sales and profits.
Benefits If you’ve never used a consultant before, here are some of the benefits you will receive:
• Be continually informed on the “Best Practices” within business and industry.
• Receive valuable input from an experienced, proven and highly respected executive(s).
• Obtain additional insights and an added perspective on difficult decisions that always occur in business.
• Make possible timely decisions based upon the best possible input.
• Identify new ways to increase sales and profits.
• Improve effectiveness and productivity of employees.
• Establish better performance accountability.
• Improve retention of key employees.
• Enhance company culture of teamwork and mutual respect.
• Improve communications among employees and management.
• Reduce employee conflict.
• Vastly improve your chances for success.
• A second opinion addressing issues of special importance to you.
• Happy clients who return for repeat business.
• Happy employees who are career oriented.
• Happy owners who achieve their financial expectations.
Ideally, it is best to select a consultant that can relate to your business and industry. There is no substitute for experience! Additionally, look for these attributes in a prospective consultant:
- Professional reputation.
- Problem-solving ability and results-oriented track record.
- Ability to communicate effectively.
- Essential knowledge of client’s business and industry.
- Strong integrity, leadership and character traits.
- Management fundamentals of business with a diversified background.
- Awareness of “Best Practices” within business and industry.
- At least 10 years longevity in the consulting business.