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How to pick the best Consultant – Consultant Naperville

So, you are looking for a consultant or some outside expertise?  First, let’s quickly talk about what the word “consultant” really means.  It is a bit of a pet peeve for me that the words consultant and consulting are way over used.  So, let’s find out the real definition.  Our friends from Wikipedia say “a consultant is a professional who provides professional or expert advice in a particular specialized field.” If you are looking for a specialist for your company’s IT system or marketing approach, you are in fact looking for a consultant.  Now, most would agree with me when I say business as a whole would not be considered a specialty.  Marketing, IT, management, and accounting all could be specialized fields but probably not business as a whole.  If you are looking for someone to help your company as a whole or to help your company get to the next level, you are not looking for a consultant – technically.

So, this brings us to the first thing to think through when you are looking for consulting or outside expertise (I will use the C word, consultant, to keep things simple).  Make sure you really know what it is you are hoping to accomplish.  Make sure you push past the things that are merely symptoms of bigger issues (e.g., lack of sales, low morale, etc.) and that you think about what you believe to be the root of the issue.  The better handle you have on this, the more likely you will be successful in finding the right person or company to help you.

Next thing to keep in mind when looking for a consultant in Grand Rapids is you will want to work with a company that not only has the right answer to your problem, but can help you to implement the solution.  A truth in business is that “the right answer is not the solution.  The solution is the right answer correctly implemented.”  Keeping this in mind, you want to work with organizations or professionals that are going to help you to take the steps needed to execute your plan.

Then, you want to make sure you are working with a consulting company that understands and really believes in the Chinese Proverb, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”  What I mean by this is you need to make sure you are hiring a firm that will in fact be giving you all the knowledge and expertise that they have so as to make you self-reliant, not consultant-reliant.  Make sure you are not hiring the proverbial tick, someone who simply works there way farther and farther into your company.  Ask what their approach is for working themselves out of a job.

Lastly, make sure you trust the people you are working with.  This seems self-evident but I can’t tell you how many companies we have worked with that have stories about organizations they hired that they really didn’t trust from the get go.  You have to feel like the consultant that you are hiring is not only a good fit for your company, but that you can trust them to do what they say.

Good luck finding the consultant you are looking for.  And remember they may not use the C word.

Jim Coyle

Business Advisor

Nexus Business Solutions

Consulting Naperville