Hiring the right external adviser

I’ve been asked a lot recently why organizations should look to outside advisers to help them get the results they are looking for. Here’s some reasons why:

  • Accelerating results. A good adviser can help your organization achieve your goals faster and more effectively because they are focused solely on helping you achieve those results. They don’t have another “day job” they are responsible for.
  • Creating clear accountability. When you invest in bringing in an outside adviser, you are taking on clear accountability for the success or failure of the initiative because you want to get a strong return on your investment in that adviser.
  • Achieving sustainable results. A strong adviser will help your organization develop the skills it requires to achieve sustainable results, not become dependent on the adviser.
  • Reinforcing key behaviour. You adviser helps reinforce the right behaviour within your organization, that aligns with the outcomes you are trying to achieve, by providing real-time feedback and support.
  • Having a lack of technical expertise (or to put it more positively, having a neutral view). The right adviser focuses on the outcomes to be achieved and ensuring the key stakeholders have a voice in achieving those outcomes. They rely on the right people in the organization to provide industry and technical expertise.

If you are not receiving this kind of support from your current advisers, then you have hired the wrong ones.

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