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March 2016

Articles  /  The Need for Consulting Skills in an Organization


March 01, 2016


Karl Larson, PhD

klarson3@gustavus.edu

A management consultant is an adviser to help management improve their overall business.

Management consulting involves diagnosing the existing organization of its problems and challenges, proposing solutions and implementation and evaluation those strategies. A management consultant is an adviser to help management improve their overall business.

Management consultants are needed in almost every type of business to identify the exact needs of business organizations and offer solutions for various problems providing objective and unbiased advice regarding strategy.

Management consulting is a highly specialized field that meets with all intents and purposes of a business organization. It demands sound knowledge and strong skills with practical experience.

The process of management consulting involves identifying the problems or issues of a business that prevent the progress or the expected performance of an organization. It requires research and collecting data by way of interviewing clients, employees, stakeholders and the management team. It also necessitates preparing business proposals, giving presentations and workshops.

A Management consultant examines all the involving factors or issues related to identify problems thoroughly based of his or her expertise. This way, a consultant provides new knowledge by providing better results to a business organization and leading a business in the direction of success.

Some other areas of organization improvement a consultant can make with his or her competence are in the following:

  • Enhanced levels of effective business planning
  • Heighten coaching & mentoring capabilities of internal colleagues
  • Better business decision making processes in place
  • Effective resolution of internal conflicts
  • Improved communications organization-wide
  • Enhanced levels of employee motivation, engagement, commitment and morale
  • Dealing with organization change more effectively

To be and effective advisor to management a consultant must continue to strengthen one’s knowledge areas and helping skills since change in this world is constant and since learning is a lifelong process.

Karl Larson, PhD

He is founder & managing partner of Kensington Consultants, a consulting firm with offices in the U.S., Sydney and Bahrain, and an international partner of Huris, Inc.

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