Here’s the upfront admission. As a “consultant” I’m bound to answer with a resounding YES!
But on serious reflection – yes, it does help. Why?
- Added bandwidth
- Independent view – no ‘babying’ of internal challenges or ‘parenting’ in house policies
- Lack of agenda – no internal bias or restraint
- Added perspective – assuming the ‘outsider’ is an expert with plenty of exposure
- No competing ‘to dos’ on the list – typically the internal team carries the baggage of many jostling priorities
However – always ensure that the ‘outsider’ is tuned to your organization
- Values & key focus areas
- A clear & focused brief
- Plans that are WIP, to prevent them from ‘reinventing’ the wheel
- Agreement on intent
PS : If I didn’t believe that an outsider expert view is of immense value, when used in a relevant context, I’d have never dared to cross over from the “corporate” to “consultant” tag! I rest my case 🙂
What do you think? Love to hear your views