There are many reasons for using a consulting company; a search for objectivity or fresh ideas, the requirement for skills and experience you don’t have, or simply the need for an extra pair of hands. At the right time and for the right reasons the use of consultants can be invaluable. But how do you make best use of a consultancy?
1. Be clear on the purpose, scope and objectives of your task:
If you don’t know where you are going, any path will take you there! Be clear on the scope, purpose and objectives of the
task you want the consultancy to deliver. The sign of a good consultancy is an enthusiasm to help you clearly define
the scope of your task, while placing your interests ahead of its’ own.
2. Choose a style of working which best suits your organisation/project:
There are a number of ways you can use consultants, depending on your circumstances, ranging from reimbursable secondments into your office, to lump sum work packages, and full risk-reward outsourced service level arrangements. Structure your approach to achieve the level of control and accountability you are looking for and have an exit strategy if things don’t go the way you want.