If your company has undergone an organizational change, from implementing a new software system to navigating through an organizational realignment, you know what a huge undertaking this is. Bringing in management consultant can help your organization get through a transition smoothly, effectively, and with fewer problems than relying on your in-house expertise.
What are the benefits of hiring a management consultant?
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1. They Have The Experience.
The right management consultant will come to you with a wealth of experience. Having led organizational changes with a number of different companies, they will have learned some very important lessons (both dos and don’ts). This won’t be the first time they have developed a change management plan. It won’t be the first time they have worked with different levels of management throughout an organization or have been met with resistance. They have the knowledge and experience needed to avoid common pitfalls during your organizational change.
2. They Have The Tools.
Management consultants are specialists. They bring a wealth of knowledge, tools, materials, processes, and training to get the job done more quickly and more efficiently than your internal resources typically can. Different consultants will employ different tools, templates and procedures, based on past experiences and best practices. You can trust that when working with the right consultant, they will choose the right tools for your situation, and be ready to get to work upon engagement.
3. You Can Enjoy The Benefits More Quickly.
Working with a management consultant means not having to re-invent the wheel. It means not having to develop your own materials, processes, and communication plan, and not needing to re-direct important internal resources away from everyday business. It is far faster and easier to adapt templates and models to your particular situation that to start from scratch. The results are that both the planning and implementation phases of your change management process can get underway within a shortened time frame.
4. A Consultant Is Objective.
An management consultant brings objectivity to the change management process. In organizational change, it’s inevitable that there will be resistance. In high level meetings, that objectivity can be particularly beneficial. For example, in a meeting where the CEO needs to ensure that everyone is on board, a consultant can help the CEO by facilitating the CEO’s senior management team meetings and asking the hard questions. The CEO doesn’t need to get the quick and easy “yes” from the team members.
The objective should be to have a spirited discussion where everyone’s concerns, and, yes, objections are properly aired, discussed, and taken into account. For a successful change process, the CEO needs enthusiastic support from every management team member. An objective management consultant can not only make sure that the discussion takes place, but will help to model the process so each senior management team member can have a similar discussion with their subordinates, and so on down the organization.