This month a member of the SPS LinkedIn group asked an important question: “What do you consider the biggest challenge in strategy consulting?”
A one-word initial response cut to the heart of the topic: “Credibility?”
One member wrote that the biggest obstacle is, “Dealing with the human condition, self interest and the moving gap between perception and reality.”
Another cited paradigm change as often the hardest thing to go through for an organisation when a consultant is suggesting to make new strategic implementations. “You have to give strategic implementations time to happen, and often you have to take elements of change management and emotions into your way of dealing with changes as a consultant, as this is often the necessary input that is needed for an organisation to understand the changes in strategy better.”
One response offered a comparison with IT issues – trying to get an organisation that is used to working with paper to change to using computers. “It will be harder at the beginning; the organisation will have to continue operating and, on top of that, they will have to learn and start implementing a totally new concept. It may be hard for them to admit that they were wrong.”
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