Description : A hands-on, practical guide for those individuals who live and work as internal consultants to organizations.
Description : Can you add value to your organization by becoming an internal adviser? Would you like to know how to do that? In this Info-line, you'll learn to assess your ability to provide and your organization's receptiveness to this kind of solution and determine what additional competencies you'll need. Finally, design your own roadmap to becoming a successful inside consultant!
Description : Join the thousands of professionals who have already gotten Inside the Technical Consulting Business — and discover how to channel your technical know-how into an exciting career as an independent consultant. This Third Edition of Harvey Kaye's bestselling guide gives you the focused, no-nonsense help you need to start and run your own consulting practice in today's ultracompetitive environment. What's inside: Setting up your consulting business. The lowdown on finances, record-keeping, office space, taxes, and choosing the form of business organization that's right for you. Insider's guide to proposals and contracts. Gives plenty of examples to use in your own consulting practice. Marketing secrets your boss never told you. Tips on creating demand for your services and keeping your clients coming back for repeat business. PLUS ALL-NEW MATERIAL ON: Creating your personal strategic marketing plan. A step-by-step guide to developing and maintaining your competitive edge. Learn from the pros. "Meet the Pros" interviews show how successful consultants handled some of the very problems you're likely to encounter. Building successful client relationships. The inside scoop on keeping clients happy while protecting your own professional interests. The technical challenges of consulting. A consultant's primer on problem-solving, coping with the information explosion, and organizing for maximum productivity.
Description : This book addresses the major kinds of internal help: problem solving, enacting change, giving advice, and working on large-scale transformations. Included are clear descriptions of the seven-phase internal consulting process and why it is important to conduct a "lessons learned" wrap-up meeting to explore outcomes. This book addresses the major kinds of internal help: problem solving, enacting change, giving advice, and working on large-scale transformations. Included are clear descriptions of the seven-phase internal consulting process and why it is important to conduct a "lessons learned" wrap-up meeting to explore outcomes.
Description : Learn what Geary Rummler means by Serious Performance Consulting (SPC) as you follow an extensive case study that shows what SPC engagement looks like and what a serious performance consultant does. In this examination, you'll see how to use SPC to: Find a viable critical business issue and establish how a project's success will be evaluated. Use a conceptual performance analysis framework to generate hypotheses for gaps in results. Establish the difference between "is" and "should" performance and the find the cause behind it. Specify a solution set that addresses all significant factors that affect the gap in results. "The idea behind Serious Performance Consulting According to Rummler is as simple as it is brilliant: Take a successful project and let the reader follow the performance consultant through the project. Geary Rummler tops it off with a play-by-play commentary in which he explains the consultant's reasoning and offers the reader the benefit of his experience." ?Klaus Wittkuhn, certified performance technologist and management consultant, Germany and South Africa "No smoke, no mirrors, no double-talk. This is much more than a how-to book; it's a professional development plan for any performance consultant who wants to master the craft." ?John Coné, former chief learning officer, Dell Computer, and consultant in organizational learning
Description : In this gripping and colorful account of the American dream gone astray, Lewis Pinault provides the essential guidelines on how to get ahead and an enlightening perspective on the brutal infighting that can engulf even the most civilized consulting firm. This stunning exposé of some of the most prestigious and respected names in the business leads you into a world where a client's interests are skillfully subordinated to those of the consultants, where money rules the day, and where principles and morals are unwelcome baggage. Humorous and insightful, this no-holds-barred account takes you behind the scenes of the dehumanizing indoctrination of an academic intellectual into an exploitative -- and exploited -- "global transformation contractor." Featuring new material dealing with the e-consulting industry's boom, bust, and its future, Consulting Demons offers the most complete look at an industry that exacts the highest prices for the most questionable standards of success.
Description : People who strive to set things in motion within corporations and organizations, be it as managers or consultants, encounter stubborn resistance. Even though new strategies have been adopted, the desired changes do not materialize. A reorganization that was intended to finally produce clarity, creates only a new round of confusion. Wolfgang Schnelle, co-founder of the consulting firm Metaplan, learned from four decades of experience in the field that it pays to think of organizations and strategy within the context of opinions, interests, and power and trust relationships. His approach draws on organizational sociology and helps to shed light on the diverse realities of the players involved. If anything is to be accomplished, these realities must be moved toward convergence. Organizational and strategy consultants using a discursive approach think of themselves as leaders of processes that create shared understanding. This approach allows them to spot resistance early and overcome it through argumentation and discourse. New and often surprising opportunities for action emerge. The new concepts can then be implemented faster, because thought processes have taken place in the minds of those who will subsequently perform the actions.
Description : Typically today's tasks in management and consulting include project management, running workshops and strategic work - all complex activities, which require a multitude of skills and competencies. This standard work, which is also well accepted amongst consultants, gives you a reference or cookbook-style access to the most important tools, including a rating of each tool in terms of applicability, ease of use and effectiveness. In his book, Nicolai Andler presents about 120 of such tools, grouped into task-specific categories entitled Define Situation, Gather Information, Information Consolidation, Creativity, Goal Setting, Organisational Analysis, Technical Analysis, Strategic Analysis, Decision Making, and Project Management. Checklists and application scenarios further enhance the use of this toolbox. Information provided by this book is: - comprehensive and sufficiently wide in scope, combined with a practical level of detail without being too academic - reliable and proven in numerous real implemented cases - easy to apply due to many different search options, checklists, application scenarios and guiding instructions. Written by a professional consultant, business analyst and business coach, this book is a unique reference work and guide for those wanting to learn about or who are active in the fields of consulting, project management and problem solving in general. "This book is of the kind you always wanted but didn't think would or could ever exist: the universal field theory of problem solving." Tom Sommerlatte.
Description : A call to agricultural revolution from a locavore and author who is one of “the most prominent and effective advocates of American environmental thought” (Prairie Fire Newspaper). For years, Wes Jackson has made it his mission to raise Americans’ awareness about where their food comes from. Focusing on locally grown and produced food, the locavore movement—joined by food experts and enthusiasts including Alice Waters, Michael Pollan, and Barbara Kingsolver—strives to return agriculture to a more community-based endeavor. This would not only improve the quality of the meals we eat, but protect the land from agricultural processes we’ve grown too dependent on. In this volume, ranging in topic from the history of the earth to the use of modern chemicals and pesticides to the effects of global warming, Jackson outlines a plan that highlights natural ecosystems in the future of farming and food production. An eloquent manifesto for our age, Jackson’s analysis explores the way our agricultural methods have affected everything from the soil to the health of the US population to the danger of monoculture grains. Join the author in a look at how we can change not only the food we eat, but the future of our land.