Are you ready to take the next step with your business but not sure how to get there? Is a problem approaching that you need an objective eye to solve? Seeking guidance from a professional is common among many small- to mid-sized companies. Actually, even large and seemingly successful companies can require a helping hand. That’s what makes consultants so common and so vital to developing a business. But with so many out there, how do you choose the right one?
Let’s make this easier on you. Follow these guidelines and you’ll have what you need to make the right choice, and make it confidently.
- Clearly Outline Your Objectives
Before you even start searching for a consultant, understand what it is you need help with. Are you looking for coaching to transform and grow your existing employees? Do you see a skill gap that needs filling? Are you just starting out and need strategic planning before hitting the ground running? Whatever it is, define it. Clearly write it out and use it to create your job posting. It’ll really come in handy once you start analyzing candidates’ experience.
- Consider Experience
The best consultants have the experience and knowledge to show for it. If you truly want to feel confident partnering with a consultant, choose someone who has successfully advised more than just one other business. You’ve invested a lot of time, money, and passion into your business. Make sure they have too.
- Creativity is More Important Than You Think
Along with experience comes acumen. Years of practice obviously matter but as you well know, industries change every day. Historical knowledge is essential as a foundation but what’s even more telling is how quick on their feet they can be. If a new situation comes along that they’ve never faced, you want someone on your side who can creatively and easily find a new solution, and who boldly takes it.
- Communication is Key
Ask yourself, “Would you work well together?” Or better yet, “Would you travel with him/her?” Because guess what, you’re about to take a long journey together. The road to developing your business may be long, may include some layovers and will most definitely require proper communication in order to get you to your final destination. Make sure you work well together before you’re stuck in a foreign location without a map. Embark with a partner who can communicate the next turn with tact and skill.
- Challenging Calls Help You Grow
Does the consultant challenge you? Does he/she push you to make somewhat uncomfortable decisions? Being comfortable with the uncomfortable is a skill you’ll have to learn before you’ll be able to make real changes within your business. Having a coach who pushes you to test the limits, develop new skills you didn’t know you needed and cross the line of comfort and safety will transform your business from a follower to an industry leader.
Choosing the right consultant can be difficult. But after you’ve made the right choice, it’ll be the last one you have to make about your business alone. At JK Consulting Group, we want to make this process as easy as possible for you. Give us a call at 973-809-5466 to learn more about our experience and see if we can meet your objectives.