I thought I’d share with you this week one of the most effective, yet simplest, consultancy techniques I have seen used. It does not involve great expense, or even take a great deal of time. It does not involve reading lengthy consultancy reports or attending turgid feedback sessions. In fact, it uses the resources and brains you already have at your disposal in your teams today.
Gather together a good cross-section of people (but no more than about 8-10), from up and down the organisation, ideally with different perspectives of your business, from both an internal and external facing focus. Invite the ‘owner’ of the business problem or issue that requires ‘consultancy’ to spend 5-10mins (no more) outlining the issue. No prolonged explanations about why things won’t work, or haven’t worked. Just a simple, easy to understand, explanation of the facts, what is trying to be achieved, and what the business benefits will be once realised.
The collected group then have 5 mins to Continue reading