Someone once said:
“A consultant is someone who takes the watch off your wrist and tells you the time.”
Not completely untrue, as consultants sometimes do tell you something that has been staring you in the face. Plus, advice is oftentimes better received coming from a stranger. In general management consulting helps organizations to improve their performance, primarily through the analysis of existing organizational problems. This most often results in the development of improvement plans, sometimes subsequently followed by (facilitating) implementation. Quite often organizations draw upon Biting Lynx’ management consultancy service for a number of reasons:
- To gain external/objective advice
- Gain access to our specialized expertise
- Obtain implementable advice
- Keep operating the business and utilize outside help in building the business
- Act as Special Advisor to the Company Board.
As a result of Biting Lynx’ exposure to and relationships with numerous organizations (see track record), there is a great understanding of what the “best practices” are. This can be from sector-related industries, or derived from completely unrelated ones. The latter is called cross-sector pollination, and Biting Lynx sees this as extremely useful for all types of industries.
- Identification of problem
- Process and business practice analysis
- Identification of improvement opportunities
- Strategy development
- Business Process Redesign
- Change management
- Organizational development
- Business development
- Technology implementation
- Operational improvement
Phase 1 can predominantly be seen as understanding the problem; what causes it, and how the organization can be steered away from it.
Phase 2 focuses on solving the problem; translate the strategy into operational and tactical changes, and subsequently implementing those changes.
The ideal approach for you and your organization will be customized. This can also mean the project will only focus on one specific aspect, such as strategy, business development or organizational development.
Strategic consultancy is best when operating at or near the corporate board level.