Great consultants differentiate themselves from other consultants by being passionate in everything they do, from the beginning of a project to the end. Consulting can be a stressful career path that requires considerable creativity, generation of new ideas, and innovation. It takes a special person — not only good at designing and implementing successful solutions for clients, but one who also truly enjoys the process and is personally fulfilled by the work performed. It is easy to get bogged down with client requests or other issues, but passion keeps consultants motivated to continue satisfying their clients and themselves.
One thing a consultant must be passionate about is problem solving. It is the root of the consulting business. Whether there are problems with system performance, project execution, a challenging client, business processes, etc., the consultant must solve those problems. At the end of the day, the client is focused on getting their projects delivered timely, efficiently, and cost-effectively, despite any issues that may arise. Animato’s methodology helps our consultants map out solutions to problems. Certain facets of the methodology have proven particularly useful as a guide on how to approach those problems with potential to derail the project.
When problem solving, a great consultant must keep an eye on future impacts. Many projects require an immediate solution to a problem. While it is important to work through the pressing issue at hand, we must also keep in mind that our solutions can have implications in the future on other facets of the client’s business – users in different departments, the system itself, or the company’s business processes. Thinking laterally helps a consultant see the bigger picture, possibly leading to a solution that prevents future problems from occurring and finding opportunities for improvement the client may not have considered.
When a consultant is passionate about what they do, they will want to continue to grow and be the best they can be. This begins before any project a consultant may work on as things are constantly changing in the consulting world with new technologies, methodologies, best practices, and guidelines being introduced, added, or changed frequently. To continue providing the most innovative solutions, a consultant must be passionate about learning and cultivating their skills. This will help with problem solving and ensure they are providing the most robust and thought-out solutions. What are you passionate about, and how do you showcase that passion?