Don’t be overwhelmed by some expertise you can’t integrate or re distribute within your organization. Those insights can help you rethink why you should hire such people and what you plan to achieve THROUGH them, as the final picture should always be added value for your people and YOUR organization.
Now, don’t misunderstand me : i’ve worked with, hired all kinds of externals, from big consulting firms to individual gurus, they are a great help and often the best mercenaries you can find to go to war, however, how you use them and make them fit in your plan, serving your ambition is a key thing to anticipate. i tought i could share with you some pitfalls you can avoid.
External consultants & experts can only help you build the scaffolding around the ‘building’ of your strategy. Make sure that when you reach the next floor your organization is ready to take the stairs and make it to their desks.
The best scaffolding will never produce consistent results and bring the growth you want if it’s built around an empty building or if your employees don’t know how to reach the stairs.
Glittery presentations and sophisticated wording will only feed the ego of your digital board for sometime, that won’t be enough to enable your people doing extraordinary things.
Think twice before owerpowering your ambition with some external consultancy. Make sure everyone, from bottom to top, is aware of the plan (sequence) and ready to go to the next stage (engagement).
Don’t be fooled by optimistic expectations : you’ll grow step by step, every step you miss will be a few stairs missing between each floor of your growth strategy. You can’t just expect speed (time to market), maturity, learnings and tangible at the same time. Set your goals at the right pace and dimension if you want to engage your people on a long trip.
Can you (really) assume that your external team of experts is ENABLING and ACCELERATING your organisation and serving a purpose YOU can control ? Double check that.
Like all external help, how long will the transformation last ? As in real life with real emergencies : when the special forces or the medical teams leave the village, everyone wonder what will happen next …