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Which would you find most valuable:

Which would you find most valuable:

Top Comment: Immediate take away from this poll - as a consultant, it's critical to talk to your clients and understand what they need from. View poll results (162 responses)

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A consultant who comes in and tells you what all your problems are49%
A consultant who works with you to help identify the problems51%
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Immediate take away from this poll - as a consultant, it's critical to talk to your clients and understand what they need from you.
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Anonymous Author
Based on my experience of 10+ years as a field consultant - IT DEPENDS. While theoretically working WITH customers should be the preferred option, it is not always the best option. For example, when hiring a consultant to do an assessment of your environment, it often helps to keep him/her as independent as possible. This method works well with strong teams that really want to hear another opinion, but it can backfire when a customer hires you for a simple stamp of approval. The less you influence the consultant, the more independent insights he can provide to you. The answer can also depend on the region - some cultures are better at cooperation, while others are more hierarchical and the position of an external consultant is different. For example, working on a project in Germany is very different than working on a project in one of the GCC countries.
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