I'm beginning to get very disillusioned with business consulting. I work in an advisory practice and it seems to me that the people who are accelerating through the business from Manager level above are not those with any real technical insight or experience but are those who have the best "consulting toolkit". That is, that they are able to draw up a project plan and manage people along it. I can see the value of this but, if I was a client, I'd hire them as project managers. In my opinion, most of the "performance improvement" or "transformation" consultants have no content knowledge!
I see SAP consultants advising on SAP and Psychologists advising on selection/assessment and Accountants advising on financial services and can see value in this. But, the majority of consultants seem to be in a role simply because they are more driven than the client and get through the project plan quicker.
This is all well and good but, where I am, no other skills are recognised.
Just wondered if anyone else has found this and whether you think that this really is THE most important role for consultants?