I've been asked if consultants are welcome here. Sure. Always. Glad to have them visit. To reuse an old phrase, "some of my best friends" are consultants or former consultants.
While we're exclusively engaged by the clients of consultants, we believe in sharing what we've learned with the consulting community at large. For example, our early research into the changing attitudes -- and the wants and needs -- of consumers of consulting services was first presented at the 2005 North American Conference of the Institute of Management Consultants (IMC) in Kansas City. Among other findings, we described how a "new breed of client" was emerging, a client who was more knowledgeable and who had much higher expectations of consultants.
A number of the consultants in attendance told me they found this early report of our research interesting and useful. One IMC chapter's newsletter even called the presentation "sensational." Given that it was an international conference of IMC members, most of those in attendance were the "good" consultants -- those that are both competent and primarily interested in their client's well being -- not the ones whose primary interest always seems to be in just making a fast buck (or Euro, Yen or Rupee).
Our organization's existence and approach is based on the belief that a small percentage of consultants, the highly ethical, competent and professional ones, can have a profoundly positive effect on their clients. Unfortunately, we believe that covers only about 30-40 percent of the consultants in practice today. We believe that relying on the others can cause any number of problems, resulting in unproductive and expensive organizational disruption or even serious economic harm.
Through our ongoing research, consulting, advisory services and educational activities, Consulting Intelligence is dedicated to helping our clients achieve the best possible results from highly qualified consultants.
So, welcome? Sure. Any consultant who is interested in understanding the attitudes, wants and needs of the growing "new breed" of clients is certainly welcome here.
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