Why Does Anyone Need a Consultant Anyway?
Don't corporations, non-profits and governments have qualified people doing their jobs?
Yes, they do but many factors affect the functioning of the groups.
Here are a few:
a) the need for personnel for specific periods of time or for specific tasks - They may need assistance during a temporary work overload or require unique expertise that is not needed on an on-going basis every day of the year so temporary assistance is the solution.
b) the need for fresh ideas - Often, employees are too close to the problem to understand all the ramifications. It makes sense to bring in someone from outside with competent problem-solving skills but not necessarily knowledge of the business. Such an individual can penetrate through a confusion and recognize the main issue and design a great solution.
c) internal politics - At times, the solution to a problem may actually be known but, for various political reasons, it cannot be presented by those who understand the problem. A consultant can be more impartial and less likely to be influenced by politics.
d) the need for maximum efficiency - All organizations need to run in as efficient manner as possible otherwise more efficient competition will eventually take over. Inefficiency leads to high costs, delays, low productivity and delays. A consultant can make recommendations independent of biases or territorial barriers.
e) need to train employees, clients and others associated with the organization - To stay competitive today, employers must continuously train their employees on leadership, organizational and planning skills, computer operation, time management, controlling stress, or new processes and procedures.
- lack of a written business plan or business plans which are not producing results
- unexplained low morale
- steady, constant increases in costs
- regular cash shortages
- overworked staff
- excessive rework without achieving objectives
- lack of positive change
What Does a Consultant Do?
A consultant gives advice or performs other services of professional nature in return for compensation. They are a resource to help solve problems or to overcome other types of challengeS.
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