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For the first installment in our 5-part series, we will outline the best reasons we have seen for why an organization would hire a Strategy Consultant.
The challenge in hiring someone for strategic advice is that it seems to be easier to point to reasons why you would not hire someone, as opposed to why you would. In our experience at Cipher, we have heard the following sentiments time and again from clients, prospective clients and even friends and family:
There is certainly a degree of truth in each of these points of view and, the fact of the matter is, a strategy consultant is not the right solution for every problem. When the Captain of a ship needs to know if there is a storm in the weather forecast for the week ahead, he’s going to call a meteorologist. But when he needs to know how to manage conflict between members of his crew, that meteorologist won’t be much help at all.
Our experience at Cipher has shown that there are typically seven good reasons to hire a strategy consultant.
If any or all of these reasons sound like they could benefit your organization, then it may be time to consider hiring a strategy consultant. Your team may just benefit from the outside point-of-view, subject matter expertise, access to best practices, objectivity, new ideas, speed, and results that come along with a consulting engagement to strengthen your strategy and firm up your voyage plan for the journey ahead.
Derek Heiss is the Director of Cipher’s Consulting Practice and is specialized in competitive intelligence and market strategy consulting. Cipher is a consulting and technology firm, based in Annapolis, with a 20+ year track record of delivering solutions to the Fortune 500 and Global 1,000.