Sometimes...Three is NOT a Crowd

By Frank Costantino

Under the right timing and circumstances, choosing a 3rd party consultant to work with your organization can be a positive and financially rewarding experience. Working with consultants? Some people have very strong feelings against consultants and we often hear statements such as “They steal your watch, then charge you to tell you what time it is.” OR, “They loaded us up with PowerPoint slides that don’t reflect our day-to-day business realities.” It’s true, many times organizations engage a 3rd party that is just not a fit due to expertise or expectations. There are some very good reasons to look outside your organization to rapidly achieve your growth goals. Here are six reasons to consider forming a partnership with a 3rd party consulting firm:

1) Staff augmentation –Companies often have short to medium-term staffing needs, and it is particularly critical when the need is at the executive team level. Consultants will “plug a hole” for the company by filling the role of full-time employees or fill the skill set requirement (see #4).

2) External change force (“political cover”) – organizations often struggle with the challenges of job layoffs, salary and benefit changes/reduction, in addition to major operational and strategic shifts. Hiring consultants with expertise in organizational effectiveness can be a way to reach the desired conclusions by ensuring all legal requirements are met as well as providing sufficient political cover preventing degradation of morale.

3) Best practices across industries and functions – Consultants have the rare privile