good consultant is not unlike a personal trainer. The client's
best interest is at the root of the consultant's advice.
Always advice based on knowledge and experience.
business solutions may be learned on the job. Others need
rigorous formal training. Yet others require personal traits
that are difficult to develop: leadership, vision, intuition
and business sense.
good consultant has been there and knows what the job feels
like. Such life experience is hard to learn from books,
but it can be useful when teaching others.
corporate customers think that hiring a consultant is an
admission of defeat. Far from it, smart business leaders
find talent where talent lies, and make good use of it.