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HOW TO
DECIDE IF YOUR
CONSULTANT
IS WORTH
THE MONEY.
Trying to decide whether a consulting
spend is truly worthwhile?
You’re not alone.
Many executives have a love-hate
relationship with consulting.
They LOVE the work when it’s
good, but they HATE the risk
o...
Despite this,
consulting is a
huge business.
What do these
leaders know
that you don’t?
MANAGEMENT
CONSULTING
$253 billion...
The secret they know is that choosing
consultants wisely requires separating
TRUTHS from MYTHS.
MYTH
Only weak players hire consultants.
TRUTH
The more elite you are, the more likely
you are to hire expert advice — and...
Think about
Serena Williams,
the #1 ranked tennis
player in the world.
Can you imagine her
saying, “I’m already
the top te...
If your consultants make you and
your company better the way a world
class coach would, they are definitely
worth the mone...
MYTH
Once consultants scope and organize the work,
your own people should be able to take over.
TRUTH
Sure the consultants...
Even if the hand-off
goes perfectly (and
it never does) losing
the highly skilled art
of driving the details
is what is go...
When an initiative gets “handed off”
prematurely, here’s what usually falls
through the cracks:
	 1. Adaptability to varyi...
Adaptability
Communication
Trust
Partnerships
Momentum
WORTH
THE
MONEY
3
3
3
3
3
TRUTH
Let’s be honest, some consultants do. But that is
the worst possible way to keep a client, and high level
experts bu...
It takes a lot of work to land new
clients, no matter how good you are.
Consultants who are worth the money
are the ones w...
MYTH
We can probably do it ourselves for less money.
TRUTH
If you can, then you definitely should.
Not sure?
Pre-engagement
POP QUIZ:
What does it cost
if we don’t hire help?
What does it cost if we don’t hire help?
GET HELP
Project takes
forever to scope,
plan and start
Project gets
repeatedly
r...
MYTH
Staff augmentation is basically
the same as consulting.
TRUTH
“Staff aug”is when you have a full-time employee positi...
The project managers you hire from
staff augmentation firms are not skilled
Strategic Initiative Experts.
Executives who h...
MYTH
If there were no major glitches,
you probably overpaid.
TRUTH
If there were no major glitches,
you definitely got the...
Ever try to do a DIY project?
It always looks easy until you get started.
You look at a room and think,
how hard could it ...
Then you get started...
	 the texture is uneven…
	 there are loads of
unsightly dents in
the walls…
	you’ve dripped
paint ...
If your consultants are making
a complex job look easy,
you know you are in good hands.
Post-engagement
POP QUIZ:
Is your consultant
worth the money?
Is your consultant worth the money?
Company in stronger
strategic  operational
position than before
Your people and
partne...
It takes a tremendous amount of work and
expertise to make a complex job look easy.
So when a large initiative is humming ...
CALL OR SEND US AN EMAIL
425.378.7660
contactus@mosiermccann.com
WHEN IT ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY
MUST BE DONE RIGHT.
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A refreshingly honest checklist of how to evaluate whether the consultant you are thinking about hiring is going to be money well spent.

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How To Decide if Your Consultant is Worth the Money

  1. 1. HOW TO DECIDE IF YOUR CONSULTANT IS WORTH THE MONEY.
  2. 2. Trying to decide whether a consulting spend is truly worthwhile? You’re not alone.
  3. 3. Many executives have a love-hate relationship with consulting. They LOVE the work when it’s good, but they HATE the risk of unfulfilled promises.
  4. 4. Despite this, consulting is a huge business. What do these leaders know that you don’t? MANAGEMENT CONSULTING $253 billion industry worldwide with annual growth of 5.6% Source: Management Consulting Market Research Report, May 2016, IBIS World
  5. 5. The secret they know is that choosing consultants wisely requires separating TRUTHS from MYTHS.
  6. 6. MYTH Only weak players hire consultants. TRUTH The more elite you are, the more likely you are to hire expert advice — and get the most out of it.
  7. 7. Think about Serena Williams, the #1 ranked tennis player in the world. Can you imagine her saying, “I’m already the top tennis player. Is it really worth it to pay for a coach?” No way.
  8. 8. If your consultants make you and your company better the way a world class coach would, they are definitely worth the money.
  9. 9. MYTH Once consultants scope and organize the work, your own people should be able to take over. TRUTH Sure the consultants can hand the work-to-date off to someone on your team, but premature handover incurs significant risks and inefficiencies.
  10. 10. Even if the hand-off goes perfectly (and it never does) losing the highly skilled art of driving the details is what is going to really derail you. The result is almost always an unplanned side trip into the territory of project stagnation.
  11. 11. When an initiative gets “handed off” prematurely, here’s what usually falls through the cracks: 1. Adaptability to varying work and communication styles 2. Proactive anticipation and planning for inevitable roadblocks 3. Positive partnerships with functional teams 4. Trust that the project is being driven without favoring one functional group over the other
  12. 12. Adaptability Communication Trust Partnerships Momentum WORTH THE MONEY 3 3 3 3 3
  13. 13. TRUTH Let’s be honest, some consultants do. But that is the worst possible way to keep a client, and high level experts build their whole business on referrals and repeat customers. MYTH Consultants just want to drag out the project as long as possible.
  14. 14. It takes a lot of work to land new clients, no matter how good you are. Consultants who are worth the money are the ones who have been around a long time, because they have clients who recommend them to others and who keep hiring them again.
  15. 15. MYTH We can probably do it ourselves for less money. TRUTH If you can, then you definitely should. Not sure?
  16. 16. Pre-engagement POP QUIZ: What does it cost if we don’t hire help?
  17. 17. What does it cost if we don’t hire help? GET HELP Project takes forever to scope, plan and start Project gets repeatedly reworked Final result is below standard Nothing DO IT ON YOUR OWN Leaders are stretched beyond capacity
  18. 18. MYTH Staff augmentation is basically the same as consulting. TRUTH “Staff aug”is when you have a full-time employee position that you couldn’t get budget for or couldn’t find the right person to fill quickly. Consulting is when you need an expert to help you meet a specific objective, and ensure the new work is fully integrated into your organization.
  19. 19. The project managers you hire from staff augmentation firms are not skilled Strategic Initiative Experts. Executives who have successful relationships with their consultants insist on getting the right level and type of talent for the task at hand.
  20. 20. MYTH If there were no major glitches, you probably overpaid. TRUTH If there were no major glitches, you definitely got the A team. Here’s how you can tell…
  21. 21. Ever try to do a DIY project? It always looks easy until you get started. You look at a room and think, how hard could it be to just paint?
  22. 22. Then you get started... the texture is uneven… there are loads of unsightly dents in the walls… you’ve dripped paint all over… the old paint is showing at the edges… It looked simple — but it turned out to be a lot harder than expected.
  23. 23. If your consultants are making a complex job look easy, you know you are in good hands.
  24. 24. Post-engagement POP QUIZ: Is your consultant worth the money?
  25. 25. Is your consultant worth the money? Company in stronger strategic operational position than before Your people and partners are happy with the outcome Implementation is smooth and complete YES NO GOOD DECISION TIME TO RETHINK Your full-time resources are not overstretched
  26. 26. It takes a tremendous amount of work and expertise to make a complex job look easy. So when a large initiative is humming along glitch-free, you can be sure someone is doing a very difficult job extremely well. Which means, money well spent.
  27. 27. CALL OR SEND US AN EMAIL 425.378.7660 contactus@mosiermccann.com WHEN IT ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY MUST BE DONE RIGHT.

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