In your experience, is the word 'consultant' just shorthand for…
Had a couple as business analysts who were really good, apart from starting the answer to any question with ‘So,…’
Otherwise, can’t think of a strikingly good one. Usually come in with the luxury of being unencumbered by history, politics or existing workload which means a lot of ‘immersion’ activity (talking to lots of people about what they do) followed by some random blue-sky malarkey.
My favourite bit is when they stay a little bit too long and end up going native 😆Posted 3 years agobikebouyMember
Some are good.
I’d say it’s the temporary nature they are brought into fix and the longevity of thier contract/service levels TBF.
It’s often a short term strategic fix they are engaged in, once done they’re out. Can’t complain about that when the Workstream Holders/Project Teams/Programme managers/Senoir Stakeholders all agree on strategy/legacy handling.Posted 3 years agomikewsmithSubscriber
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I tend to find that people who can’t see the value in consultants are usually part of the problem…
Never!! A bunch of bitter underlings with no real idea whats going on just running round getting upset that people are looking a bit too closely at what they are up to?Posted 3 years agohoneybadgerxSubscriber
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The rise in the number of people calling themselves consultants reminds me of what happened to the term “technician”. Now there are “nail technicians” for example, the original sense of the term is devalued.
Don’t get me started on the use of ‘Engineer’…..Posted 3 years agojonbaMember
It is not a protected term so anybody can use it. There will be some good ones and some bad ones. In my experience they fall into three catagories.
Professionals who have left an industry and set themselves up as expert advisers. I’ve met some very good ones. They are usually worthwile as companies contract them in to help in areas where they have no experience.
Somebody wanting to sound more important and so puts it in their job title. Often useless if they don’t have the skill, knowledge and experience to back it up.
Those employed by consultancy firms – Accenture, Mckinsey, and large companies with consultancy arms like the big 4 and IT companies. Can be ok although they take on graduates straight out of university and charge them out at ludicrous rates normally.
See also, drirector, engineer, nutritionist etc. for other non proteceted terms.Posted 3 years agoMoreCashThanDashSubscriber
Consultant – someone who borrows your watch to tell you the time.
Most of the ones I worked with in the private sector in the 90s were pretty sound. Just always wondered why we paid someone else to ask our staff how to make the processes and business work better…..Posted 3 years agothestabiliserMember
Can you walk quickly and purposefully?
Can you pout and look as though you’re pondering something?
Can you polish your shoes?
Do you have a haircut?
Do you like lunch?
Can you raise an invoice?
If you can answer yes to all the above then you too can make it in consultancy.Posted 3 years agobluebirdMember
As a friend of mine once put it: consultants, they borrow your watch and then tell you the time.
To be fair, it’s a tricky job to do properly. After all, if you know you need a consultant you probably know there are things you could be doing better. That said they should leave all the jargon at the door on their way in.Posted 3 years agohoraMember
Consultants usually have to prove that their involvement has improved processes or bottom-line, %age etc.
The old ‘I’ve worked here for years- said that, no one listened to me then a consultant comes in and says the samething and its listened to’.
Maybe- but then you were hardly pro-active, ambitious and forthwright were you? Without the Consultant the above wouldn’t have happened so sometimes they are needed to negate…. the politics of every business.Posted 3 years agoDracSubscriber
Working alongside medical consultants I have to say.
No far from it. Well not A&E ones anyway especially after one put another none A&E consultant in their place for essentially telling me I was wrong in my treatment of a patient. They not only supported me but told the other one in know uncertain terms why I was right and why they should listen to me. 😀Posted 3 years agobinnersSubscriber
utterly clueless ****-wit?
I just wondered if it was universal in all industries? I’ve found that If you can actually do something quite well, you’ll tend to just get on with it.
If not, then you’ll shove the word ‘consultant’ after your name, and then get paid daft amounts of money by equally clueless idiots to generally be a complete PITA, and get in the way of the people actually doing the work. Coming up with increasingly ludicrous ideas simply to validate their own inflated invoices?
Has anyone ever encountered one they didn’t think was a ****-wit? Consultants – do feel free to chip in and defend/justify your existences 😉Posted 3 years agomolgripsSubscriber
In IT, a consultant is just someone you hire from another company. Sometimes they are actually consulting on some specialist issue, sometimes they are just bodies for hire. They can be world experts in some topic or they can be just grads.
Obvioulsy the customers know the level of experience they are buying (and are charged accordingly) but they don’t know the level of competence and intelligence. Consultants can be good or bad at any level of experience, just like any other worker.Posted 3 years ago
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