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This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights. The opinions expressed within are my own and should not be attributed to any other Individual, Company or the one I work for. I just happen to be a classic techie who is passionate about getting things to work as they should do (and are sometimes advertised and marketed as being able to?) and when I can I drop notes here to help others falling in to the same traps that I have fallen in to. If this has helped then please pass it on - if you feel that I have commented in error or disagree then please feel free to discuss with me either publically or privately? Cheers, Dave
Thin Clients, VDI and Linux integration from the front lines.... Raw and sometimes unedited notes based on my experiences with VMware, Thin Clients, Linux etc.

Came across this at SightLines Consulting and thought that this is a very simple but powerful definition of what Consultancy is all about - in some ways it almost reads like a Consultants Charter or like the Hippocratic Oath for doctors? Please consider reading the full article because there are five points along with the summary that I would almost consider as required reading for anyone who considers themselves a Consultant - in fact I know I'm going to try and reread this every now and then to remind myself of the details - great article

 

What Is Consulting?

A lot of people do it, and a lot of people buy it, but what is it really?

Seems like a stupid question, but after seeing what I've seen over the years it's pretty worthwhile to ask, if not of yourself then of the consultants you contract.

One strange thing you notice, if you've met a lot of consultants or done enough consulting, is that good consultants tend to be on the quiet side. The talkers get a lot of attention right away, but it's the listeners who eventually get the implementation moving forward. The talkers are good at listing the issues, the listeners are better at understanding the issues and driving their understanding deeper, along with the understanding of the organisation.

Summary....
OK, that's enough for one night. No one knows everything they need to about this business because in some respects you reinvent the process for each client and their unique business model. But remember that the client is looking in your direction for some character and skill and software knowledge. The successful consultant does not take that confidence for granted.

Full Article at SightLines Consulting

Posted on Wednesday, February 1, 2006 7:21 AM C500/C600 SmartPhone (or replacement) , Citrix , Exchange and Push Email , IT Management , Real Cool Stuff , Microsoft Tips , VMware and other Virtualization tools , Security | Back to top


Comments on this post: Call yourself a Consultant? - this is a pretty good definition

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I'd take a regular leaf out of that book, if I were you!
Left by UrgetoSplurge on Feb 02, 2006 5:51 AM

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Mmm, not quite sure how I should take that UrgetoSplurge???
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