FINDING THE RIGHT CONSULTANT CAN USE UP THE TIME THAT HE (OR SHE) NEEDS TO DO THE WORK
It is so weird that 'cemented-in' deadlines established by a client for the completion of a project gets closer and closer leaving insufficient time to do the work in 12 hour days.
It is the interview with that awful subject that no-one talks about in the client selection committee. The deadline that was set for completion of the task has not moved but the selection committee has used up four of the six months discussing the process, transparency and procedure for gaining consensus and then approval for selecting the right experts.
It can not be raised by the candidate consultant because that would suggest that they can not complete the 6 month job in 2 months.
It can not be mentioned by the selection committee because the deadline was set by the Board of Directors...and we had to go through the process.
The plague of political correctness, transparency and the insinuation that all governments or Boards are corrupt has lead to a situation in which no-one is comfortable in making a decision, in providing leadership and in making things happen. The days when entrepreneurial governments or chairmen took the lead, made improvements, cut costs, did projects with friends, associates and go-getters.......are over.
We are now left with gangs of committees chasing consensus, that horrible milque-toast word that Margaret Thatcher described as,
".....the process of abandoning all beliefs, principles, values and policies in search of something in which no-one believes, but to which no-one objects".
That process takes time, costs money and results in costly consultants quoting exhorbitant fees to do a great job in a quarter of the time that is really required while losing money with each day delayed.
This has lead to an interesting phenomenon.
Is the situation now not so clear? Is the Consultant no longer actually being directly asked to analyse the situation and decide on a strategy? Is the strategy being insinuated and the consultant is required to package the message and deliver it as his conclusion?
If we as Consultants are 'throwing the snowballs made by our masters', then we are becoming part of the rotten system. If by throwing the snowballs made, we are continually given more snowballs to throw, then it becomes much easier to do the 6 month job in 2 months.
Oh,...........you are such a cynic!!
Maybe that is why I just get the jobs where people are looking for the truth.
And I can sleep well at night.
If you want the truth, contact me at email@example.com ......otherwise call one of the big accounting firms, they will package your conclusions the way you want them, guaranteed ............provided others will be designated as the deliverers!!