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Organizations don’t always make sense. This means that they need to be accepted and understood as one would a person. The consultant makes meaning out of this personification and he writes of how many people believe that a consultant brings this- expertise in situation handling. The expertise that the consultant brings, to be more specific, is the intervention he provides and gives to the company. Perhaps your organization has had a consultant before and may have yielded afterthought discussions such as “I don’t know exactly what he does, but I do know that we have better meetings and make better decisions when he is around.”

This book almost resonates that consultants work in an almost spiritual kind of way. That’s just what their jobs require them to do to reach a certain goal- to intervene, consult, coach, train, speak and write all at the same time.

This stems from a focal point question in the book, “How do you thrive as a consultant, contribute to the world, make friends, and become the person you want to be?” This book is for people who wants to know what consulting like as a career, as a living and as a life.

Since consulting requires past experiences to be referred to other potential consulting work, Bellman says that it is not enough to “network,” we also need to create coincidence from what we have to offer. The people most likely to give consultants work are those people who have given consultants work before. It’s just simple as an algebraic illustration of 1+X=POTENTIAL CONSULTING WORK where 1=former colleagues and X=colleagues of former colleagues.

Geoffrey Bellman reveals how to make the job rewarding both financially and personally as he examines the practical issues of managing time, clients, and money as well as such broader concerns as how to balance work with family life. At once practical and personal, this book is for all types of consultants, all those who work with consultants, and all those who dream of being consultants. In short, Bellman has found a way to portray consulting as a way of life rather than just an abstract function.


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