Consulting Opportunities

The writer is looking for a proofreader. Candidate needs experience proofreading documents with technical analysis and citations. Experience with tax, legal and financial materials helpful, but not required. Timing is immediate, and I prefer to be contacted by phone at 405-701-2846. Steve Ledgerwood


Consulting Opportunities

The writer is looking for a speaker or consultant who has an enterprise-wide customer satisfaction system that they can train the top 80 leaders of a Fortune 800 company to implement. He is not looking for just a speech with some points. Ideally, he is looking for a system that can be implemented internally and externally in an organization. This will be a global adoption of single system that senior leaders can drive in each division and geography. He also …


License My Dog, But Not Me

aI’ve become convinced that the consulting profession is better off with no licensing or national recognition at all. I understand this is heresy, but it turns out to be pretty smart business. One of the great advantages of consulting is the ease of entry. You don’t need a bushel of credentials, a pile of money, or even an office. You just need your smarts. And those smarts are all that sustained a great many currently top consultants when they began …


Law of Unintended Consequences

I’ve been waiting for a return phone call from the general manager of a Porsche dealership which has offered the loan of a Boxster for the ballet, where I am on the board. I’m also a good customer of the parent car company within which the Porsche operation is located. Annoyed that the general manager has not called me back in two days, I called one of my contacts at the parent. “Oh, don’t worry,” he told me, “Bill is …


Prehab

I’m suggesting here in this public forum that everyone must sign up for Prehabilitation (Prehab) so as to avoid the more costly Rehabilitation (Rehab) which seems to have become de rigeur for all kinds of transgressions, real and imagined. Not unlike absolution, Rehab has been used for problems with drinking, substance abuse, interpersonal ineptitude, bigotry, racism, lewd behavior, and purchasing the new Vista operating system. It’s costly and time-intensive. Paris Hilton is being jailed for 45 days, a huge loss …


Graduate Students Stunned

I addressed an evening class of graduate students last night as a favor to the professor. Nice people, international, attentive. But I felt they were stunned when I explained how consultants operate and what the benefits are of this profession. It struck me once again that no one “studies” to be a consultant. We all wind up in the profession having traveled back roads or been washed up on the shore. The closest you get to an academic regimen is …


The Myths of Consulting … and other factual errors

I always loved reading the legendary Peter Drucker, because he used opinion and fact interchangeably, never seeing reason to discriminate between the two. My kind of guy! Consulting is about a single issue: Improving the client’s condition. The physician’s admonishment to “first, do no harm” is simply not good enough. You don’t deserve to be paid for simply not screwing up. You should only be paid if your client is demonstrably better off after you leave than the client was …


Preliminaries….

Welcome to the first entry in my new blog here at www.contrarianconsulting.com. You’ll find the rules of the blog, our policy on postings, and a wide variety of resources in the accompanying menus and links. My purpose here is to stimulate and provoke so that consultants can improve their professional and personal lives. I’m not here to win friends and influence people. If you’re seeking unrequited love and absolute approval and validation, get a dog.