As described in the dictionary, "A business consultant is an expert of a particular field who works as specialist & advisor either to a company or to another individual." Sounds pretty vague, doesn't it? But unless you've been into an structured organization, you probably have a good idea what a business consultant is.
But what separates a good business consultant from a bad business consultant is a passion and drive for excellence. And--oh yes--a good business consultant should be knowledgeable about the subject he or she is consulting in. That does make a difference.
- A good business consultant must act as a catalyst: the business consultant can do things without worrying about the corporate culture, employee morale or other issues that occur in the way when a company is trying to institute change.
- A good business consultant should be well worse in his expertise & knowledge: This is where it pays to not only be really good in the field you have chosen to consult in, but also to have some type of track record that speaks for itself.
- A good business consultant should be able to identify problems & plan proper solution: Sometimes employees are too close to a problem inside an organization to identify it. That's when a business consultant rides in on his or her white horse to save the day.
- A good business consultant=Advisor+Trainer: the business consultant should be a perfect blend of an effective business advisor along with a sparkling potential of a trainer so that he can easily highlight the consequences & effects of a particular situation.
- A good business consultant should be able to gather information & provide overall guidance: Accurate SWOT analysis is needed to have the overall information & guidance should be enlightened to overcome the threats & weaknesses
The role that your business consultant plays can be a combination of the above, or just one - it depends on your organization's needs and the business consultant that you select. Business consultants may be brought in for day-long sessions, for multiple trainings, or to assist you with particular topics. The time you spend with your business consultant - if you hire one - and the work the business consultant does, depend upon your organization's specific needs and budget.