It isn’t easy running a business. Just when you think you’ve mastered one thing, something else comes along, whether it’s new legislation, new technology, new competition, or new customer demands. And that’s just for starters. I haven’t even mentioned hiring the right employees and keeping them happy, productive, and motivated. No wonder you feel like you’re spinning plates.
Being a business owner can be lonely, and feeling like you’re struggling along on your own feels even lonelier. So what do you do? You could hire a management consultant.
You might wonder exactly what a management consultant could help you with, so I thought I’d take a light-hearted look at situations you might need help with as a business owner.
When it comes to keeping up with business knowledge, you feel clueless
If you’re trying to keep up to date with the latest business management knowledge and techniques, but you feel like you’re on University Challenge and everyone is speaking a different language, a business consultant can help. A management consultant can gather complex information and discuss it with you in a clear and concise way. They’ll also work with you and tell you what you need to know and what you need to implement going forward.
You’re afraid of being the messenger who actually gets shot
You might feel and know that things need to change in your business, whether it’s your people or your processes, but you’re reluctant to do anything about it because you don’t want to be unpopular. A management consultant can help you. They have the advantage of objectivity. They will come in, look at the situation, and give you an honest appraisal of how things are without
Your business needs a makeover but your employees are stuck in the 80s
I should start by saying that I don’t mean this literally, ( though if big hair, blue eyeliner, and shoulder pads fit in with your dress code, then why not?). What I really mean though, is if you know change is needed but you also know that your employees aren’t going to be happy, a management consultant could help. They know that people are generally resistant to change because they’re afraid of it, but they introduce it in a way that removes the fear, for you and your employees, while not being too swayed by culture or heightened emotions like you might be.
Your business needs CPR
If your business is flatlining and you’re out of ideas, a management consultant can be brought in to breathe new life into your business, whether it’s coming up with new ways of working or helping you identify potential new markets for your products or services.
Unlike Alan Titchmarsh, you don’t want to get your hands dirty
Let’s face it, as a business owner, you’ve probably had to do make some tough decisions, and some decisions like making cuts, or introducing things you know the majority of people won’t be happy with are never easy. This is where a management consultant can help. They can come in, and do what needs to be done without worrying about being the bad guy, or girl.
You can’t see the wood, or the trees
Sometimes, things go wrong, and you’re just too close to the situation to see exactly what the problem is. Cue the management consultant who can look from the outside in, and objectively assess what’s going on so you have no more sleepless nights.
You thought you’d been there and done that, but you haven’t got the t-shirt
Even if you think you’ve dealt with just about every situation in your business, something will always come along and blindside you. Rather than getting stressed or trying to muddle through, hiring a management consultant is your best bet. Experienced management consultants will have seen it all before and they’ll have expertise and experience you can learn from.
You don’t want to air your dirty laundry
Management consultants know that when they come into your business, they’ll be privy to sensitive information, and rest assured, they’ll always keep it confidential. If you’re were afraid that things would get out, you wouldn’t feel comfortable sharing the information the consultant needs so they can help you.
You and your employees need teaching a lesson
Not in a bad way, but teaching you and your employees’ new skills and knowledge is another thing a management consultant can help with.
Like a football manager whose team has lost 5 games in a row, you need results
Ultimately, you’re paying a management consultant to get you results, whether it’s helping you navigate change, deal with people issues, or revise your processes. A great management consultant will come in, find out what your goals and/or problems are, then work with you to create a plan of action for a healthier, more successful business.
Do you need help with business or employee issues?
I help company Directors just like you to feel confident in their team and content with the way their business and their team runs every day. My goal is to create a less frazzled life for you by offering you and your team mentoring and workshops tailored completely to your needs.
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how I can help you.