Collaborative consulting approach:
My preferred mode of consulting is working in close collaboration with clients to help them devise solutions and strategies customized to their needs. While in some cases it makes more sense for me to study a set of issues and present recommendations and options for an organization to consider, I prefer to provide outside perspective, research, and expertise, while simultaneously facilitating and engaging the client in devising its own solutions.
While hiring consultants can be a tremendous boon to an organization, turning over responsibility for decision-making to a consultant rarely results in the kind of buy-in that is essential to organizational effectiveness. Finding a consultant that can tap into the wisdom of the organization and leaven it with his or her own experience and perspective is, in my opinion, the best way to go.
Process management and background research to support decision-making are areas of expertise that I can apply to help organizations move forward in a variety of ways. Projects that involve securing buy-in from a range of parties and/or partners are particularly interesting to me, as are projects that require developing a nuanced understanding of an institution’s unique culture, context, and personalities.
When a multi-faceted job requires expertise in addition to my own, I enjoy putting together collaborative consulting teams with colleagues whose expertise complements mine.