I have been thinking a lot about what it means to work as a consultant recently. After every piece of consultancy work I do I try to take some time to reflect and review how I think it went, and what I might do differently in future. This often throws up insights into the kinds of relationships I might have built, how I have supported clients in making the best use of my expertise, and how great it feels when there is a genuine breakthrough in what we are doing. That’s not to say there aren’t challenges to being a freelance consultant, like the financial uncertainty, the need to keep thinking ahead and imagining what changes might be coming and trying not to be too bossy!
My most recent musings have been prompted partly by a paper I am writing for a forthcoming conference but they are also linked to why I do what I do and how I can keep developing my practice and keeping it fresh. I have also noticed a growing number of organisations I work with seem to be considering developing specialist consultancy services as part of a new business model.
A number of people have also been talking to me about changing their career direction and are considering freelance consultancy as a possible option. It is not something that necessarily suits everyone and often the only way to find out is to jump in with both feet and see what happens.
In talking to my dear friend and colleague Susan Royce she recognised a number of the things I had been mulling over in her own practice. So we hatched a cunning plan and decided we would share what we have learnt over the last twenty odd years so there might not be too many unwelcome surprises if you decide to give it a go.
As a result I am delighted to announce the launch of our first ever two day consultancy training event – Moving into Consultancy.
Over two days we will look at different aspects of what it means to be a consultant or change agent. This will include understanding the consulting cycle, as well as considering the kind of consultancy work that might best suit you. Anyone who attends will also get a Myers Briggs Personality Type report to give you a better idea of how your personality type might influence the way you work. We will happily share some of our experiences too, both the ups and the downs!
The workshop is for anyone who is thinking about moving into consultancy whether that is as a freelancer or an internal consultant. It would also be a useful refresher if you have been working in organisational consultancy but would like the opportunity to review your work.
If you are interested and would like more information please download the Moving into Consultancy leaflet, feel free to give me a call, or head over to our Eventbrite page by clicking the link below to make a booking: