What happens when the consultant falls short of their billing as an industry expert? Here is a humorous look at some of the consultant characters that you may have encountered--and survival tips for dealing with them.
What skills do I need as a consultant?
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While there are several strategies for improving client satisfaction, a sustained focus on three essential attributes can help cement a successful consulting engagement.
Is "consultant" a dirty word? Many consultants get a bad name from the fact that they become indistinguishable from the organizational employees that they work alongside. How do you know that hiring a consultant is a good idea?
What's the difference? From time to time, organizations find themselves in a dilemma trying to decide whether they should use an in-house PM or PM consultant to manage important projects. Being aware of the tradeoffs and making conscious decisions on each is the best way to minimize unintended consequences.
Avoid legal pitfalls when working with contracts by referring to this quick guide--and consulting with corporate counsel.
This assessment lists major competencies and skills based on various consultancy-related categories.
Sooner or later, your company will have work with consultants and professional services providers. This sample contract can give you guidelines about the kinds of matters you must make legal provision for when outsourcing work to people and companies outside your corporation. To avoid nasty legal misunderstandings, however, we advise you to have your own legal department or lawyer review this or any contract you make between your company and an outside service provider or consultant. (Our lawyers made us say that!)
Flawless Consulting for Projects Managers from Peter Block’s Designed Learning helps participants develop greater collaboration among team members, maintain commitment during the life of a project and actually have solutions implemented. This is customized from the popular Flawless Consulting: Contracting workshop. This new adaptation allows participants to apply these proven techniques to their own unique situation.
Being a strong Project Manager takes more than a solid set of project management skills. In this discussion, you’ll learn about a balanced approach to project management that has been found to be successful as a project management and change management consultant. Because the very nature of projects is to introduce change, it is increasingly important for those that lead projects to have effective interpersonal skills. You’ll hear some of the findings from the latest research on people skills, and you will receive a list of several actions you can take to increase your effectiveness as a Project Manager. We’ll also briefly touch upon some critical technical and business skills which round out the tool chest needed for impactful assignments. Whether you are in a role of internal or external consultant, with a balanced approach, you’ll have a greater chance for obtaining better project outcomes
For many consultants, a client engagement can feel like tiptoeing through a minefield. Especially early in engagements, with new clients, we might find ourselves in unknown territory, with few indicators of which way to go, and little, visible, client-side support. Some of us tread gently, hoping not to set anything (or anyone) off. Some of us charge around, proverbial bulls in china shops, with little regard for long term consequences of our actions as long as we deliver the results defined in the agreement. There must be better way to more effectively work towards results without feeling like you’re in a war zone. Relationship management matters and it starts before you even hit the ground. This webinar will explore how you can start your project off on the right foot and begin delivering value as a trusted advisor rather than a hired gun.
This engaging and interactive webinar will inspire project managers to understand the most important components of communication that will allow them to be most effective and successful. This webinar discusses the three most important contexts in which a project manager will find 90-95% of their communication needs, identify specific components within each context that cause the biggest problems and offer insights with strategies to overcome these communication challenges that are practical and immediately applicable.