Code of Ethics
Choosing the right consultant can be a
significant step in the development of your business. It should be undertaken with
thorough research. Naturally, we hope that you will select us but, before you
do, we suggest you review our Code of Ethics.
Where a Consultant Can Help
- The organization lacks a
particular expertise. Consultant can provide expertise and/or train
members of your organization.
- Help is needed for a
short-term (less than a year) with a general start and stop time.
- The organization has failed in
attempts to achieve a goal.
- Organization members disagree
on how to meet a need. A consultant can provide
expertise or facilitate a consensus.
- Leaders want an objective
perspective without strong biases about the organization's past and current
- A consultant can do work that
no one else wants to do.
- An outside organization
requires that a consultant be brought in, e.g., the investor wants to ensure the
organization is well suited to spend his/her money.
- The organization wants a
consultant to lend credibility to a decision that's already been made.
Before you Contact the Consultant
contacting a consultant, think through your needs and try to understand
exactly why you need a one. It
helps if you can draw up a brief of what the assignment will be.
The brief should contain:
all of the necessary agreements within your organization
outline of your organization
description of the problem or the circumstances that are prompting the
hiring and why you think the problem exists
person in your organization responsible for managing the project
anticipated role of the consultant
(This brief may be later revised through discussions with
How to Make Your Consultant as Productive as
- Know what you want to do, and
make sure your agency is prepared for it.
- Help consultants to understand
- Notify everybody concerned of the role of the consultant and what is
expected of them.
- Don't become dependent on a
- Don't limit the
consultant to recommending action, get the consultant involved in
- Fix causes, not symptoms.