To get a fresh perspective
Sometimes staff are too close to the problem to recognise it, or too entrenched in a way of working to change. An outsider brings and new perspective, can challenge the conventional wisdom and bring new ideas that can reinvigorate a team or accelerate a challenging project. A dispassionate, reasoned approach to problem solving reaps the best results, and it’s easier for an outsider to be completely unbiased, free from the influence of company politics or personal attachments.
They need extra manpower
Having a consultant that works like one of the team but doesn’t represent a long-term commitment is a flexible way to explore new ideas and innovate without putting too much pressure on the bottom line. As well as the skills the bring, this financial flexibility helps reduce the risk associated with innovating and exploring new ideas.
They need a specialist
When large companies look to explore new strategies, especially when this involves a level of diversification or product development into new areas (e.g. exploiting a new technology), there is an inherent level of risk in trying something different. Employing a consultant can ensure companies are better prepared for change, they can instantly access knowledge that has taken years to accrue, or specialist skills that likely do not already exist in the business.
To educate, plan and prepare
A consultant will often help companies plan and prepare for the future, researching and recommending future strategies and tactics for achieving business objectives that are outside of their typical area of expertise. A useful part of this is to act as a training resource for staff, teaching niche skills or sharing the benefit of years of learning. This kind of knowledge sharing not only benefits short term project outcomes but leaves behind a long-term structure that is more conducive to success.
To kick-start a project
A consultant not only brings new skills, a fresh perspective and a depth of knowledge that can breathe new life into an organisation or project, but they can typically open new doors, introducing new contacts to help maximise business development opportunities. It’s this unique mix of skills and experience that can really kick-start your project and ensure its continued momentum.