The Pain and Joy of a Consulting Career

Again, a consultant’s ability to produce value is as much an art as it is a science. Models, templates, and logical processes are the science of consulting. The art lies in the interplay of the science with people’s temperaments, values, and personalities in any given situation. Getting the interplay right can be painful or a joy, because a consultant’s work is full of competing potencies. It is challenging yet rewarding. Consulting can be frustrating yet intriguing, demanding yet exciting, exhausting yet intellectually stimulating. It demands a unique mix of technical, rational, factual, and logical analytical requirements, along with emotional, feeling, and people skills. Consulting is an adventure that ...

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