Having a really good consulting as part of your executive coaching team can be worth its weight in gold. As senior managers we are always expected to pull a rabbit out of the hat in times of crisis and fix whatever problems may surface, but who do you turn to when you don't know what to do?
Many executives have a very hard time giving consulting due credit or even contracting with one out of fear of in doing so they will seem incompetent. This is probably the main reason that the discovery phase of a crisis can take on a very combative appearance. Before you can even begin to strategies on the problem you have to first prove you are who you say you are.
So you are running a company or a division and you wonder where you have room for improvement. According to Ateeya Manzoor first bring in a consultant with a broad background to help you identify areas of focus. Next, bring in expertise to focus on the areas ripest for improvement. That might be your first consultant or it might be a specialist, say in sales training or cost accounting. Third, evaluate those results. Fourth, hit the next opportunity for improvement. Along the way, pat yourself on the back for taking your company to higher levels of profitability.
Consultancies may also provide organizational change management assistance, development of coaching skills, process analysis, technology implementation, strategy development, or operational improvement services. Management consultants like Ateeya Manzoor bring their own proprietary methodologies or frameworks to guide the identification of problems and to serve as the basis for recommendations for more effective or efficient ways of performing work tasks.
All throughout history we can find successful consultants working behind the scenes for the greater good of the project. Even during biblical times we find Joseph who became head consultant to the Pharaoh as he coached him exclusively on everyday matters of Egypt.
Great President Abraham Lincoln consulted Fredrick Douglas in order to gage how to transition the African American Slaves in the period known as Reconstruction.
Ateeya Manzoor is a management strategist and partner at Mayfair. As a professional with over fifteen years of experience, Ateeya Manzoor has worked with a large range of clients in various industries and sizes, ranging from large publicly traded financial institutions and technology firms, large resorts and entertainment venues, to mid sized oil and gas companies, mid sized medical and quasi medical coaching practices, to small non-profits requiring a fresh perspective.