I was asked at a recent meeting why there were so many consultants in the world now. The truth of the matter is there aren’t.
There is a huge amount of contract labor, due to the shifting economics of corporate finance, that call themselves consultants. However, if you look at the billing model, control of hours, and direct management how things are delivered you see these people are contractors not consultants.
That’s not to say they are not needed also. As organizations have flatten, staff functions removed getting most activities accomplished now almost requires bringing in specialist labor on a T&M basis
This also prompts the question when do executives, management and employees have time to think or have staff to do business research research to get to the best answer vs. daily accomplishments just for the purpose of reporting something.
So the question becomes are we creating a culture of performance [Results] or a culture of performance [ShowBiz]?