I just found the "Most Unsatisfying Video in the World" (heading towards 1 million klicks on YouTube) and it reminded me of something really annoying.
We've been in the consulting business for 18 years now. In that remarkable period of time, we've been conducting far more than 100 successful projects with and for our customers.
Recently, we're experiencing a rising number of 'pensioner', or 'fortuity' consultants, who's core capability is, well, what?
Some of them look back on a more or less impressive career in the exhibition industry. They've been building remarkable contact networks. Some of them have been kicked out of their jobs for a reason, some are at least responsible for some respectable achievements. Others have literally failed, but were able to disguise their failure. To be fair: Of course, some of them undoubtedly have talent for being consultants. But many of them have not!
Being a consultant is more than exploiting networks, repeating old fashioned recipes of success regardless of specific circumstances, or making their customers 'guinea pigs' by trial and error.
Being a consultant is a serious thing. It requires very specific skills, decent and continuous education, and diligence.
We at agendum always attach importance of cultivating and strengthening specific consulting skills, such as proper research, systematic analysis, skillful moderation, and proven creativity techniques. We've been building a strong and trustful brand that our customers can rely on.
And, yes, we're experiencing continuous disruption by questionable consultants who're leaving behind scorched earth. Therefore we're encouraging all decision makers: Have a close look on specific skills when choosing a consultant. It pays.