This is a question that I have pondered many time over the course of the last 18 months or so. Society in general has a need to box people into neat understandable categories and I somehow feel I haven’t yet figured out my box.
I was in another blog site, when an anonymous blogger said that I sounded like a consultant and that s/he had a general distrust for consultants.
Well, I replied that I was not a consultant …..but if I am not a consultant, then what am I?
The great thing about blogs is that you can get the most “in your face” comments. Comments which other wise you would never hear. In a way it helps one improve one self perception. Anyway this was one of those in your face comments that get the wheels in my head spinning.
In responding to that particular blog, I realized that while I didn’t see myself as a consultant, I walked like one and talked like one but wasn’t one.
So what am I? I am a catalyst. Once I am allowed into a client’s place, I go about lighting fires, getting people agitated, getting people to think…..
I am not a consultant because I never give or impose a solution,, I don’t bring in an army of freshly minted wet behind the ears graduates, i don’t write long complicated reports, I don’t do any of that.
What I do is I engage, mano-a-mano, I challenge believes, assumptions, paradigms. I use the clients own data form their own systems to prove or disprove beliefs. I give feedback based on behaviors I see happening and I call on people. There is no hiding, no fence sitting.
After all, the goal is to accelerate business performance , and you can only do that if the organization is energized, buzzing, agitated – with the status quo.
I am a catalyst, but the world still hasn’t created a category for the like of me… yet..