IS CONSULTANCY A NECESSITY?
A helping hand which everybody looks for, one intelligent friend while in school or a teacher or a sibling. In family we go to a relative we know would help, the first criteria is that he willing to help and he possesses necessary knowledge and competence. In the professional world, this help have many facets, on a day to day basis; a colleague, a mentor, a boss, a trainer, a crisis manager et al. Someday one who could guide in projects, professional growth and help navigate the organisational culture.
Lots of the these handy services got consumerist with the onset of the complex modern, tech and management based world. Help, guidance and facilitation started getting monetised. This is the genesis of consultancy. Professional documentation which was done for free earlier became the forte of the consultants. From technical documentation to managing projects was a natural progression, management education and expertise found a new avatar in consultancy, which they finally monopolised.
Consultancy was the easy way for the professional getting his complex work done. Over the years and currently it has been declared a necessity. Every activity has a consultant. He or the company has created a black box and they have become the ultimate dispensers of professional knowledge, projects and audit. Right to know the nitty gritty of the consulting company and the individual consultant is lost in the way. Selling his name with a hype and elan is the first consultancy gain.
What was lost in process is the originality of the practitioners, domain experts, their envisioning and their capability to take responsibility. All these are core responsibilities of the people who are mandated and destined to run their organisations. This has become the core necessity today. With lack for fairness, transparency and appropriate pricing consultancy can be just another stumbling block. A paradigm shift a must.
MAKING CONSULTANCY FEEL LIKE A NECESSITY IS THEIR BIGGEST ACHIEVEMENT.