A Successful Consultant – Multitasking, Having All the Answers, and Working Long Hours

Many corporations as well as individuals of every type of career go to a consultant when in need of solutions. Whether a specialist or a generalist consultant, the career path of being a consultant may be a trying one but it is quite rewarding. From the networking to the resume building, consulting can strengthen your personal skills as well as make you even more marketable to future prospects.

To be a successful consultant, one must possess certain qualities in order to handle such a fast paced job. First, a consultant has to be able to multitask. You will need to juggle multiple tasks while still finding time to please everyone that looks to you for something. A consultant will have to wear a variety hats and change the direction of actions at any given moment, while controlling chaos at the same time. Organization is crucial for this career choice and also requires for one to take blame for failure. No one is perfect, yet if a task was not done correctly it is up to the consultant to be mature and take responsibility while fixing the problem or offering a solution.

Second, a consultant should expect to work long hours. All the multitasking expected of a consultant cannot be completed in a short day at the office. One may be needed to stay after hours, take work home, or even take time out of the weekend to complete tasks. Deadlines as well as customer expectations must be met quickly and completed correctly. Along with working long hours, a consultant must also possess time management skills. A job cannot be completed without setting priorities first and having different methods to handle the other tasks. Completing tasks in a timely manner will come more naturally to an experienced consultant and will be conquered with ease.

Lastly, every prospect and customer will come to their consultant looking for answers to all questions and needs. A consultant must be able to notice when there is a question or a problem and immediately offer a solution to fix the issue at hand. Advice and information is sought after to aid a customer in decision making and a customer will always look to their consultant for the answers. These answers come from motivation and hard work by a consultant’s experience. The goal of a consultant is to help their customer’s to fulfill challenges and to accept new ideas in the company or organization which will benefit the company is some way. Yet with trying to change views of the customer comes many questions, which the customer will look to the consultant for answers and guidance through the journey of growth. All customers want an employee that is an expert in his or her chosen field, and this also applies to consulting. A customer wants a consultant that is an expert and can answer questions or face any problems that may be encountered.

These aspects of a consulting career may seem dreadful, yet the rewards of being a consultant are worth the long nights and chaotic days. Being a consultant is a great way to build not only your resume but your personal skills. Consulting increases skills in networking, being able to work in a team, and leadership. Offering quality service to customers leads to referrals, and therefore networking as a consultant leads to amazing job opportunities and a chance to continue to learn ways of perfecting one’s skills. Not only are the financial earnings of consulting great, but the experience is also beneficial to a consultant and always leads to personal growth.

Team Building – Perception of Repetition Adds Value to Team Experience

Working mainly with corporate clients.

Many of them have giving me the pleasure of consulting with them for many years now. Some at this point know and have a good idea of my “bag of tricks” as well as have dialed in to ask me the questions to receive the answers that they require.

 
How does this apply to Challenge courses & Ropes Courses – everyone has a perception that is created within their minds I will call this perception individual construct (IC).

Also the team creates a perception, almost shared I will call this Team Construct (TC).

The power of the Individual Construct affects the one who holds it. This construct also effects the team that the individual is a member of.

If a person has experienced a team building activity and has knowledge of a solution or best practice this is their IC. It may very well be wrong and it may lead them to a false IC.

This creates a deep brain rut causing a repetition of false beliefs. The more this IC of false belief is repeated and the person feels that “they know they are right” the further it will set the team back.

Once the Team Construct is instituted the team can begin to openly share insights of perceptions shared from all the IC’s into a shared pool of knowledge, Deepening the TC pool.

 
With business and behaviors we feel that many habits we have are the “correct ones” Why – because they have never been challenged, our IC’s are a safety mechanism the comes from evolved behaviors.

 
What can be done to re-direct and connect neurons for changed behaviors is get to the TC and have all the members openly share their best practices for solving challenge course initiatives.

Only once we have a firm understanding of what all our IC’s are. Can the team begin to develop new patterns of behavior that lead to greater success. Is the spirit of “Kaizen” (continuous improvement).

 
If a participant has experience I encourage them to share the experience, although I also force the team members who have never experienced the ropes course element and team building initiative to share their ideas.
 

Once you get all the data and Constructs on the flip charts and planning sheets the team can them decide what is the greatest and currently necessary solution. Also once individuals who have experienced a challenge course share, they find that the experience they had (IC) is nothing like the experience that the same person who was next to them the entire time had (IC). This is the joy of experiential education – we can be together and doing the same thing and have absolutely different experiences Individual Constructs.
 
People at work do the same jobs everyday, continuously, they fall into behaviors and ruts that are repeated or scripted continuously, “Do you want fries with that”.

 
Think about yourself what behaviors do you fall into habitually, are these behaviors damaging your your effectiveness and ability to contribute to your team, your actions to your family and loved ones.

This is why we need a culture of continuous learning and training – the longer you have been doing something the stronger your IC that it is right and the only way to do it, I call this the “folkloric Construct”.

As a team building consultant one of my responsibilities is to allow teams to see these continuous ruts of behavior, discuss them in to TC context, then transfer these behaviors to the work place.

Continuous learning and improved patterns should be, must be facilitated. 

Construction Consultancies Offer Construction Safety Training and Other Services

Contractors and builders will benefit greatly from third-party input. A construction consulting agency helps you detect any shortcomings or improvements you may have missed during the planning stages of your development. They will assist you throughout the entire duration of your project, from safety planning to final inspections.

Consultants from a construction consulting firm work to streamline operations in a construction site. You can hire them as an onsite consultant or schedule their services when you reach specific milestones. This will depend on the type of consultancy you are looking for.

There are management consultants who will help you with seemingly menial tasks such as scheduling deliveries, handling skilled laborers, and taking charge of your materials inventory at the end of each day. These tasks may seem menial, but most project delays come from failure to execute these promptly. Hiring management consultants lets you focus on the more important aspects of your development while still getting these assignments done.

Building consultants assist you in construction site safety implementation and basic construction tasks. They can help you with housekeeping and concrete patching, carpentry protection, and fire stopping and safety. These consultants are also in charge of installing fall safety systems to protect your laborers in case they slip and fall.

Engineering consultants handle the more technical aspects of your development project. They are more skilled than the previously mentioned types because they must evaluate your project and find ways to make it better. They will help you with design drawings, inspections, testing, code compliance, as well as environmental engineering. They can also help you with acquiring the necessary permits for your project.

A construction consulting company also conducts construction safety training and planning with builders. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires all contractors and builders to undergo construction safety training. This will help you avoid any undesired accidents. It will also educate you on what to do when disaster strikes.

Choose a construction consulting firm with extensive experience in the industry. They should have a team of licensed engineers and safety inspectors who can work effectively with skilled builders. Agencies offering construction safety training should have OSHA-certified trainers. It would also help if they are licensed site safety managers. Request for specific qualifications, such as fire department safety certifications and suspended scaffold user certifications.

There are many companies offering complete consultation services. These firms provide comprehensive consulting services for a competitive price. You could select a combination of consultants to handle different aspects of your project if you prefer. Hiring separate advisers may be more costly, but it allows you to select the best consultants in the industry.

Make your building process more streamlined and efficient with the help of a construction consulting company. Check your local listings or search online for consultancies offering a wide range of services. You can also ask referrals from your colleagues. You can be a better contractor and build more lasting establishments with the help of their expertise.