There are several triggers that signal the consideration that an outside consultant may be of benefit to the strategic goals of a company.
Often, the same leadership becomes rooted in the ways it does things, even when being innovative, the competition still out-paces them.
A Few signs that a consultant can be a benefit:
- Projects take longer than estimated
- Project cost more than budgeted
- Resources aren't available when scheduled
- implementing new processes and methodologies are laborious
- implementing changes in policies, procedures and culture fail
- There is high turnover
- The company gets sued a lot
- Sales have been slipping, despite efforts
- The company is suffering a negative PR Brand crisis
- the company has issues with ethics, integrity, transparency and honor
- Employee engagement scores are consistently down or below 97%
- Leadership lacks managerial courage
- There is agency conflict between corporate goals and management behavior
- Managers are not as effect as leadership needs
- Leadership needs to exhibit more effective leadership
- The company is not achieving goals and other key performance indicators
- The company wants to be more competitive, innovative, diverse, responsible and sustainable
Sometimes, a company can become an expert and highly efficient in what it does, which can weigh it down and stagnate progress and evolution, also
When what a company is doing is not achieving the results it expects, an outside perspective can see things that may be overlooked by the same source(s) that initiated the situation.
Consultants have the benefit of seeing, knowing and experiencing what dozens of companies do with an industry. Often, a company can only know what it does well. This can stifle creativity, growth and expansion.