Lesson: Consulting Is A Different Beast

I am an internal consultant but just recently learned I do not fully grasp what consulting is.

I feel I am an effective communicator, I can train, I have a good understanding how to implement and sustain Lean improvements, and I can help people solve problems.  I was under the impression that all of these skills added together to equal consulting.  I was wrong.

I have been pressing in with my coworkers to get coaching on what consulting skills are and I am reading Peter Block’s “Flawless Consulting“.  I also have another book someone lent me as well.

You will see some of my reflections as I get a deeper understanding of consulting.  I welcome your comments about consulting or suggestions for blogs/articles/books to further help me understand.

My 2009 Hansei: Scarcity inspires creativity and innovation.  How can I help harness that inspiration?

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Filed under Business, Change Management, Consulting, Improve With Lean, Problem Solving, Project Management, Reflection

2 responses to “Lesson: Consulting Is A Different Beast

  1. Jim

    Yes consulting is a very different ‘game’ to having day to day responsibility.
    Hands up, I am a consultant. Now with about 18 months of experience.
    3 things I find different about the role:
    1st I must listen far more than I ever did before (this is good for me)
    2nd Every client and situation is different and I need to change to be best able to implement change. Am I hands on, a coach, a butt kicker, a mix or what?
    3rd This is someone else’s situation, their baby, their challenge, their baby. My power is influence.

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