There are many out there who would be categorized as a consultant. They are brought in to look at certain situations in a business, to present their findings and offer solutions. They may even be part of the implementation and follow up.
The biggest asset that a consultant has is that they are not tied into the day-to-day emotions of the company or the day-to-day drama. They do not know individuals’ quirks or reasons why they are allowed to stray from process. What they also possess is clear vision so they can ask the questions that many do not think to ask because they have been so focused on just getting through the day that they did not even see the issue.
I think that more leaders should take this approach at times. What would it do for your company if you looked at how you run your business through the eyes of a consultant? Many times when there are challenges in the companies or departments I have run, I stop for a moment and ask myself the following question:
“If I was hired to come in and help this company/department and today was my first day, what would I do?”