Since the 1980s if not before there have been a number of businesses grown from the term ‘Management Consultant’.
I do think over the years that the term has received some bad ‘press’ and I am sure many businesses feel ripped off by unqualified so called experienced professionals.What I wanted to share with you this week is how to use a management service effectively but I want to begin by explaining what the term really means.
‘Management consulting is an advisory service contracted for and provided to businesses by specially trained and qualified persons who assist, in an objective manner…’ (Greiner and Metzger, 1983).
Now I appreciate your business may well not require the need of a Consultant but should you do in the future, here are some tips to consider.
- Involve all appropriate team members in the decision of hiring a consultant
- Where possible obtain references or at least testimonials.
- Really understand a consultant’s proposal; a programme of work; timetable etc.
- Explain to your team why a consultant is being employed.
- Ask the consultant for regular progress report (for long term contracts) and
- Always having a briefing session before and at the end of the contract.
Remember consultants no matter their specialist area come with an abundance of knowledge and skills that are able to assist the business owner with the necessary means to improve their service; anything from, HR, Engineers; IT; Construction; Web Designers and of course Management etc.
So there you have it; a brief explanation and guide on using a consultant in your business who can be objective.
It would be great to hear your views on this.