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Very rarely have I come across a profession that evokes responses that range from admiration to skepticism. Yes, I am talking about ‘Consulting’! What is it about this profession that makes some people so uncomfortable?

  • Is it an admission of incompetence to have someone else come in and help you better define your own strategy and roadmap?
  • Is it wrong to cooperate with professionals who specialize in an area and bring knowledge of best practices and trends?
  • Are business consultants coming in with a chip on their shoulders and a ‘holier than thou’ attitude?
  • Is there unwanted arrogance in the act?

Over the years of being a consultant, I have seen clients grapple with questions like these and have seen different stances being taken – and the end result has always invariably been a reflection of the viewpoint adopted. While I have my own views (and strong ones at that!) on this, let me start off this series by soliciting your views and we can then build on this to see what emerges. Maybe, this ‘crowd sourcing’ will lead to a very own and unique perspective? Let’s give it a shot and let’s hear what we have to say on –

Is there a need for consulting? If so, when should business consultants be called in and why?

Let’s accept that there are no right answers – there are only points of view! We may agree or disagree but we should be open to hearing diverging view points. In my next post, I’ll share with you what I heard from a bunch of MBA students at the Kellogg School of Management on the same.

Till then, let’s get a dialog going.

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