Consulting

Not just blue sky thinking

Consulting is probably misunderstood by nearly everyone. I could never manage to convince relatives that I did not fix computers. While I understand how to make use of technology to achieve results for clients, that is far removed from working on computers. The reality is that I spend most of my time working with people. Discussing. Workshopping. Designing. Thinking aloud. Finding agreement. Innovating.

For over 25 years of my life I have done consultancy work. This has been full of opportunity and unforgettable experiences. I have been able to work in some of the most amazing places in the world and worked with outstanding people. I expect to continue to do so.

A few articles that I have written related to my work can be found below.

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Issues in Communication

Communication is undoubtedly one of the keys to success in almost anything you do. Good communication is valued and poor communication is considered a career…
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Consulting

This is a starting point on my new approach to working. Last month I resigned form Oakton to essentially do nothing. I did that for…
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Consulting

This is a starting point on my new approach to working.

Last month I resigned form Oakton to essentially do nothing. I did that for entirely personal reasons that I will not go into for the moment. What is important is that I have a renewed desire for doing high value consulting work where I can help others make a significant difference.

Here are the things I will focus on:

  • Strategy design and implementation. Working with people to understand organisational purpose, values and what matters most.  Establishing what needs to be done to achieve what is wanted. Then gaining agreement as to how to achieve it all.
  • Business Transformation. Working with organisations who see the need to change what they do and how they do it.
  • Program design and delivery. Designing larger scale initiatives intended to achieve agreed outcomes and objectives. Navigating the uncertainties when you have to take the first steps before you know what the third and subsequent step will look like.
  • Service improvement. Working with people to rethink how business services should best be delivered.
  • Business change. Usually embedded in Business Transformation and Program design, providing a focus on the organisation-level people, process and systems changes that need to be undertaken.
  • Operational performance. Working out what needs to be measured and monitored in order to keep operations aligned with changing business priorities and purpose.

Because this is a change from what I have been doing in the past few years I will also be doing a few things to build relationships with other organisations:

  • Offer services through other companies where I know and trust those companies
  • Offer independent consultancy advice to clients directly where this makes sense
  • Build (once again) a solid personal reputation for delivering value
  • Make a difference to people’s lives

More on this soon …

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