Consultant, Prosultant or Insultant? Part 1
Now more than ever, fear is driving the business process. To break it down, business owners/C-levels/boards of directors, terrified of the current economy, are making decisions based on fear.
To make matters worse, their employees, both scared of losing their jobs and of looking bad in their superiors’ eyes, are implementing these fear-based decisions.
The truth is, what I just described is pretty much business as usual.
Even before the economy started to tank, most of the people I'd talk with on a daily basis already were floating through their business tasks with elevated levels of terror. Mix in the current economy and the fear rate goes up exponentially.
Bad decisions executed by terrified employees. Sounds like a disaster in the making, which many could argue is exactly how we wound up in the situation we're in: watching our economy unravel while our politicians fiddle away (that’s a conversation for another day).
At the risk of sounding self-serving, the need for a good consultant, an objective third party, is needed now more than ever.
OK, let me say something here that many of you already know. In my four-plus years of writing for Catalog Success, in print and on the Web, not once have I ever written an article even slightly or indirectly pitching my services (or consulting services in general).
That doesn't mean I'm going to start now. Rather, I'd like to remind you of the benefits of working with one. And mind you, I'm not pitching you for my services. I'm dedicating this week's column to reminding you of the merits of working with a good consultant in these tough times. That could be any other good consultant, not just me.
That said, here are eight things a consultant can do for you right now with a set of fresh eyes to balance out the fear-based decision making:
Jim Gilbert has been creating direct marketing programs that drive superior ROI for almost 30 years. Fluent in consumer or B-to-B, creative, operations, and analytics, he marries the strategic and tactical sides of direct and social media marketing in a seamless fashion that gets results. He's CEO of a multidiscipline direct marketing agency, Gilbert Direct Marketing, Inc., which focuses on direct mail, catalogs, DRTV, telemarketing, print, alternative direct marketing media and social media marketing. Jim has been involved in start-ups, expansions and turnarounds, and is an expert in helping multichannel marketers get to the "next level." He's a former adjunct professor, teaching direct marketing at Miami International University, and is President of the Board of Directors of the Florida Direct Marketing Association. Jim loves to talk direct marketing, and has done many lectures on direct and social media marketing.