Variety. There is always something different; I can work with a small startup that is experiencing planning issues or a multinational corporation that is having a breakdown in communication. I can work with companies that have been in the family for generations or those that were started last year. Whatever it is, each business, each client, each day, and each project is unique in some way. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to consulting; at least none that will work. You can’t phone it in, so to speak.
Why do I love being a consultant? Because I love puzzles; I love the challenge of fitting pieces together, trying new approaches, and, finally, helping build a complete, cohesive whole. While there are moments when the pieces don’t seem to fit and the picture is fuzzy, seeing businesses come together and thrive is well worth the effort. There are few jobs that provide as many rewards for those who enjoy challenges.
One of the biggest perks of being a consultant is seeing the light go on. Sometimes it is difficult to see an answer if you are too close to the problem, and this is something that is common for business owners and management to experience. When a client is able to see the way to success, understand the nuance, and follow through on a developed plan, it makes hours of hard work seem like playtime. Well, not really, but it confirms that those hours were more than well spent. Seeing results, and helping clients see results, is like turning on a light switch. Suddenly, success seems possible – and within reach.