Part of being a management consultant is knowing the project management process in detail. This comes after being in this area of business for an extended time. This type of consultant must have a firm grip of understanding of the different areas or topics such as time, costs, quality, change, risk, issues, tender, procurement, acceptance and communications.
The good management consultant will be able to have compelling proposals for their clients. Their pre-sales pitch and market offerings must fit your business profile to be beneficial to your company. Ask about the consultant’s delivery proposals and how often do they met the framework of their proposals in time and market goals.
There is more than one type of management consultant for a business to choose from. There are the individuals that work as independent contractors who gained expertise due to the length of time they have spent in their field. This gives a business individualized attention and focus, but lack any guarantees that a larger firm might be able to provide.
At the opposite end of the spectrum, there can be a management consultant from a large firm or organization. They can offer your business some expertise in each area of business, along with different points of view on approaches to the same problem. These are the most expensive, but are sometimes the best approach.
There is also the type of management consultant that falls into the middle ground. This is larger than the boutique type firms but still can give their clients that individual attention some desire. Many of them are still large enough to offer many of the same services the larger firms have to offer, but at a more reasonable price.
The boutique firms are the highly specialized management consultant companies. They are focused on just one specific sector of business that they are near the top of their profession in.
The right type of management consultant to fit your needs is dependent on your budget, time frame and specific requirements. Just remember, the advice from each one will be slightly different in its nature and results.