The most successful organisation leaders are those who are proactive enough to use their initiative and take action. Pursuing goals, progressing and evolving is achievable for anyone who invests the right energy into it. Working out how to choose the right consultants means ensuring you receive a return on your investment. Choosing the right consultant means understanding when you require third party assistance, determining whether you are ready for a consultant and if not – preparing your organisation adequately.
So how do you decide whether you require a specialist?
Third party consultants such as marketing specialists, IT specialists, financial consultants etc. might get their job done for you, but before investing you must ensure their job is what you need. Download our free e-book to learn more about what you need to know before you invest in consultants.
Is your structure ready for a consultant?
Is your structure congruent to specialist utilisation?
How much time and energy do you put into preparing your staff in anticipation of having the specialist around. Someone must liaise with them – have you used the most fitting resource for this? Specialists are not always a ‘set and forget’ transaction. Even a complete outsourced function still requires a level of integration within your organisation. Have you set up your organisation to effectively use specialists? If not, you need to do this.
Maybe you are not ready.
Specialists are there to add value and the ones who care may do a great job of this. However, if there is failure on the service front, was it all their fault? Maybe your organisation was not ready to invest the time into collaborating with the specialist. Perhaps there were steps that needed to be completed prior to the specialist’s introduction, that you did not carry out. Or perhaps you didn’t follow through with their instructions after their component was completed, to keep the initiative alive.
Get the most out of your investment..
Using a change manager and preparing the whole organisation adequately for the introduction of third party consultants or specialists is the best way to get the most out of your investment. If your organisation is not ready, don’t abandon the initiative. Make them ready. Break down the steps and be proactive.
Acknowledge that change can be a delicate issue and then deal with it. Innovation is not always easy, but it’s always a positive when executed properly.
Learn more about how to choose the right consultant by downloading our free e-book here.