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Top ten qualities of a successful consultant

 
#1 Top ten qualities of a successful consultant
26/05/2010 18:58

Anon

Guys and gals,

What in your experience would you say are the top ten qualities required to be a successful consultant. Please do not google it!

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#2 RE: Top ten qualities of a successful consultant
26/05/2010 23:10

MC to Anon (#1)

Top 3 skills:

1) PowerPoint

2) Ability to bullshit

3) Brown-nosing

Correct me if I'm wrong.

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#3 RE: Top ten qualities of a successful consultant
27/05/2010 01:33

assa to Anon (#1)

4) If you're female - ability to sleep with as many partners as poss

IBM = I've Bonked Most

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#4 RE: Top ten qualities of a successful consultant
27/05/2010 10:46

ZB to assa (#3)

This is an interesting thread, notwithstanding its rather childish intent.

Consultants (ex MBB though) are mainly good and become better at the following things:

1. Develop ppt slides by the bucket load

2. Ability to state the obvious and repackage it to sound original

3. Inability to see the bigger picture

4. The ability to say anything to a client whilst including the words: efficiency, effectiveness, governance, holistic design...we've all heard the jargon even if we are not entirely sure what it means.

Out of the professionals I chat to (doctors, lawyers, engineers, teachers, bankers) consultant probably are the least noteworthy.

zB

ZB

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#5 RE: Top ten qualities of a successful consultant
27/05/2010 11:32

taxrebate to ZB (#4)

I would not consider consultants to be 'professionals'. it's just a job like any other, no matter how much that hurts our self-image.

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#6 RE: Top ten qualities of a successful consultant
27/05/2010 15:19

DCF to taxrebate (#5)

Indeed, it is a job most of us do because we don't have a profession and it is the next best thing we could think of.

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#7 RE: Top ten qualities of a successful consultant
27/05/2010 18:50

Anon to DCF (#6)

You guys have deviated from what the question is asking. Can you please focus on the qualities and stop wrangling about whether a consultant is a professional or not.

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#8 RE: Top ten qualities of a successful consultant
28/05/2010 08:38

anon to Anon (#7)

I'd say one of the qualities is the ability to keep a discussion on track...

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#9 RE: Top ten qualities of a successful consultant
31/05/2010 00:08

hardhat to anon (#8)

...and bill clients constructively (which is another definition of professional), which keeps the conversation on track and provides Anon with a top ten quality.

How are you all bearing up by the way? Haven't been on this site for a while.

How many more do we need?...ahh numerate skills, thats another.

As Paxo would say...COME ON!!!! That was a starter for ten. Youre supposed to be consultants (or aspring consultants). I must hurry you.

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#10 RE: Top ten qualities of a successful consultant
31/05/2010 15:09

A consultant to hardhat (#9)

Logical Thinking

Problem Solving

Collaborative Working

Present Well

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#11 RE: Top ten qualities of a successful consultant
31/05/2010 15:38

Anon to A consultant (#10)

In all truth I can't believe you asked for a top ten. Unless you would say adaptable. I think consultants have so many skills, that it would be difficult to mention them all. Unless you have the specifics of industry, consultancy company etc. There are some consultants that do have an abundance of sills, they aren't all of us though!!

As far as the post above goes I really enjoy what I do. I make enough money to pay my way and more. So I don't really care if it's classed as a profession, which is a dumb comment but anyway.

Good luck to the consultants that actually have skills!!! More than 10 that is!!!

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#12 RE: Top ten qualities of a successful consultant
31/05/2010 17:48

RC to Anon (#11)

demonstrated earlier, the readiness to order other people what to do without adding any content..

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#13 RE: Top ten qualities of a successful consultant
31/05/2010 17:57

KY to RC (#12)

Sounds like you speak from direct experience, RC.

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#14 RE: Top ten qualities of a successful consultant
08/06/2010 13:34

Pandre to KY (#13)

judging by all the posts on this site, i'd say a pre-requisite of being a consultant must be to be called "Anon" - how many of them can there possibly be?

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#15 RE: Top ten qualities of a successful consultant
08/06/2010 17:09

Also to Anon (#1)

High in the top 10 must be

ability to make top 10 lists

interest in contributing to forums with the word consultant in the title

the ability to periodically misspell aspiring for asspring to ensure much hilarity

ability to ensure hilarity

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#16 RE: Top ten qualities of a successful consultant
09/06/2010 09:31

Ooooh to Also (#15)

Where can I get myself an ass-spring? They sound great for getting up our of my chair really quickly.

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#17 RE: Top ten qualities of a successful consultant
09/06/2010 12:20

MacD to Anon (#1)

Trying to inject some seriousness here, for me the top skill is being personable, including:

1) ability to network

2) able to talk to staff members at all levels in an organisation without brown-nosing or being condescending

3) ability to 'think on your feet'

4) ability to absorb lots of information and assimilate it quickly

5) have an opinion

6) confidence not arrogance

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