Knowing how to choose and use a consultant can make the difference between a successful project and a failure.
Here's guidance on choosing and using a consultant

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Choosing and using a consultant

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Ten golden rules

 Knowing how to choose and use a consultant can make the difference between a successful project and a failure. Here's guidance on choosing and using a consultant

Abridged from a publication from the Institute of Management Consultancy

  1. Clearly define the objectives you wish to achieve.
  2. Discuss and agree these with others in your organisation.
  3. Short-list no more than three consultants, and ask them for written proposals
  4. Brief the consultants properly.
  5. See the individual consultant who will do the job and ensure that the 'personal chemistry' is right.
  6. Ask for and follow up references.
  7. Be involved and in touch during the assignment.
  8. Ensure that the consultant does not save surprises for the final report.
  9. Involve your staff in the assignment so that they "own" the recommendations.
  10. Implement the recommendations and involve your management as well as the consultant.


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