Management Fix: External Consultant Hiring

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This week’s “External Consultants Hiring” is a robust solution for specific situations.

By definition, an external consultant is a professional who provides expert advice in a particular area that is external to the organization.

A consultant is usually an expert or an experienced professional in a specific field and has extensive knowledge of the subject matter.

There are two general categories:
- Internal consultant: someone who operates within an organization;
- External consultant: someone who is employed externally to the client.

People pay for advice because they want to get somewhere they are not currently. They want to change something, achieve something, attain something, or become something, and they need help.

The current state of things isn’t how they want it to be. They know what their desired state is, but they need help getting there.
(Extracted and adapted from https://www.consulting.com/what-do-consultants-do-job-description)

Bringing in external advisors come with benefits:
- Established Reputation
- External Objectivity
- Expert Status
(Extracted and adapted from https://www.9lenses.com/internal-versus-external-consulting/?s)

By hiring a consultant, clients have access to deeper levels of expertise than would be financially feasible for them to retain in-house on a long-term basis. Moreover, clients can control their expenditures on consulting services by only purchasing as much assistance from the outside consultant as desired.
(Extracted and adapted from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consultant)

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This MngtFix has been mentioned in relation to a number of MngtBugs such as…

“Change Resistance”,
“Process Definition Resistance”,
“Lack of Project Management Best Practices”,
“Lack of Process Improvement”,
and of course “Lack of External Consultants”!

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Eduardo Espinheira is a Consultant, Facilitator, Manager, Public Speaker, Creator of the Management Bugs&Fixes and the Machiavellian PM Stories

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