Hire the best possible consultant for you

If you have ever worked with a good consultant you know they are great at asking the right questions.  A great consultant will help lead you to your own “Aha” moments instead of just telling you what they think is best for you in a certain situation.  Though my natural strengths are leading and directing (command in the Strengths Finder lingo) I have found that when I can lead someone to there own aha’s through questioning they are much more likely to:

1.  Get it

2.  Follow through on whatever they need to

3.  Enjoy the process of whatever it is they decided they needed to do much better.

There are some people that just want to be told what to do and have a frame work laid out for them.  Even the greatest mavericks have times when they want someone to tell them what to do. Most of the time and with most people we like coming up with our solutions.

Just this past weekend I was talking to someone and I told him. “If you were on the outside of your situation looking in don’t you think you’d be handling this way different than you are because it’s your own life.” For him that was an AHA moment. He realized if he was coaching himself he would be giving counsel to go in a totally different direction with his life than he was actually taking. It allowed him to see how foolish his current path was.

From time to time, I’ll do this with my own life. I get away from my office and I sit down and think, “What advice would I give Buddy if I was in his situation right now?” What I come up with is usually markedly better than what I have been thinking especially if it is something that I have gotten in a rut with.

Next time you need a consultant try paying $4 at the local Starbucks or nothing at a local park before you go off and pay someone else to tell you the things that you already know. You just might be the best possible consultant for your situation. If that doesn’t work, you can always hire me to ask you the tough questions and give you sound advice. ;-)

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