Description : A hands-on, practical guide for career development specialists, trainers, and other HRD practitioners who routinely operate as internal consultants to their organizations or as independent contractors and consultants. It serves as a roadmap to success for the internal consultant by providing a toolkit and reference guide.
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 : 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 : 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 : Inside the Minds: Leading Consultants is the most authoritative book ever assembled on consulting, written by an unprecedented collection of the top consulting executives in the world including CEOs/Chairmen/Managing Partner level executives from IBM, Booz-Allen & Hamilton, KPMG Consulting, A.T. Kearney, Arthur D. Little, First Consulting Group, General Physics, Drake Beam Morin, Frost & Sullivan and Milliman USA. These industry visionaries share their knowledge on over delivering for clients, being an effective team player, the everlasting effects of the Internet and technology, compensation, managing client relationships, motivating others, balancing personal and professional lives, the future of the consulting industry and other important topics. An unprecedented look inside the world of the consulting industry makes for exciting and highly interesting reading for every level consultant, individuals interested in learning the tools consultants use to assess business issues, and anyone interested in the future of consulting and how they can take advantage of the opportunities on a personal or professional level.
Description : "What is a Management Consultant?" the prized MBA candidate asked. "The best of us--and that could be you--know without ever needing to ask. We're a Breed Apart," the consultant observed, arrogance and irony in perfect balance. "Okay, so that could be me, but what does that mean?" the MBA persisted. "Of course there's money involved," the consultant offered. "Great deals of money. World travel, first-class living. A chance to influence every corporation on the planet. Virtually no limits to whatever secrets and appetites you feel you need to indulge." "Yes, but what is it that we do?" the recruit tried one last time, his doubts rapidly evaporating. "You'll see. In this gripping and colorful account of the American dream gone astray, Lewis Pinault takes us to the shiny heights scaled, and the darkest depths sunk to, by those ill-defined creatures known as "Management Consultants." At once a riveting narrative, an alarming cautionary tale, and a treasury of useful advice, Consulting Demons is a rare insider's view of the lucrative arena of global management consulting. In this stunning exposé of some of the most prestigious and respected names in the business, Pinault takes his readers by the hand and leads them 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 but unwelcome baggage. For aspiring consultants, this is an unvarnished look at the life of a consultant, with essential, darkly revealing guidelines on how to get ahead and an enlightening perspective on the brutal infighting that can engulf even the most civilized consulting firm. For current executives and potential clients, Pinault reveals what consultants are really thinking and scheming, and explores the unscrupulous lengths to which a consulting firm will go in order to protect and increase its own lucrative fees. For the general reader, this is a rollicking yarn brimming with vignettes drawn from a consultant's daily work, including such characteristic consulting activities as "benchmarking" (deep-cover corporate espionage), "business transformation" (mass brainwashing), and "client entertainment" (global debauchery). In this unique firsthand account, Pinault takes readers behind the scenes of the dehumanizing indoctrination of an academic intellectual into an exploitative--and exploited--"global transformation contractor." This incisive and telling book details his ascension in the business, the compromises he made to his integrity, and his eventual escape from a world he could no longer come to terms with.With true accounts of harrowing days spent in the hallowed trenches of consulting, and nights pondering personal relationships gone out of control, Consulting Demons offers the most complete look at an industry that exacts the highest prices for the most questionable standards of success.
Description : Everything you need to know about building a successful, world-class consulting practice Whether you are a veteran consultant or new to the industry, an entrepreneur or the principal of a small firm, The Consulting Bible tells you absolutely everything you need to know to create and expand a seven-figure independent or boutique consulting practice. Expert author Alan Weiss, who coaches consultants globally and has written more books on solo consulting than anyone in history, shares his expertise comprehensively. Learn and appreciate the origins and evolution of the consulting profession Launch your practice or firm and propel it to top performance Implement your consulting strategies in public and private organizations, large or small, global or domestic Select from the widest variety of consulting methodologies Achieve lasting success in your professional career and personal goals The author is recognized as "one of the most highly regarded independent consultants in America" by the New York Post and "a worldwide expert in executive education" by Success Magazine Whether you're just starting out or looking for the latest trends in modern practice, The Consulting Bible gives you an unparalleled toolset to build a thriving consultancy.
Description : Leading entrepreneurs into the multi-billion dollar consulting industry, the experts at Entrepreneur show you how to capitalize on your talents to help others achieve their business goals. Coached by experts, learn to define your market, find and keep clients, obtain licenses, set rates, monitor cash flow, hire staff, prepare contracts, agreements, and reports, and more. Includes new interviews with successful consultants, updated answers to frequently asked questions, and a completely refreshed list of the top 20 consulting businesses.
Description : Many workplace learning and performance professionals struggle to connect their work with many of the traditional elements of organizational development (OD). This Infoline will show you how they are connected and how to use that connection to your advantage. The issue presents a seven-phase process for organization development and shows you how understanding OD principles will allow you to position your own work learning and performance interventions within the total system of the organization to increase your credibility.