There are so many voices fixated on the disaster unfolding around us, that you could easily be swept into a torrent of anxiety, fear and panic.
In truth, there is real reason for concern and you absolutely should heed the direction of medical leaders. At the same time, you and your consulting firm will benefit from a healthy dose of positive perspective.
If you ferociously cling to positive thought patterns while chaos is swirling around you, you and your consulting firm can maintain a clear head and promote forward progress.
Fortunately, there are many realistic, reliable reasons for you to feel upbeat.
Eight thought-starters are listed below, and I’ve left two spots open for you to fill in—one more than usual, because I know the entire consulting community will benefit from your inspiring thoughts.
10 Positive Facts Your Consulting Firm Should Obsess Over During This Crisis
1. You Still Have a Great Job
Experts estimate that millions of people will lose their jobs over the next few weeks. You may already be closely affected by layoffs.
You, however, have retained your job leading a consulting firm.
While it’s possible your paid engagements have taken a hit, you can continue to work. You can create value for clients. And, as long as you keep your firm’s lights on, you will eventually be rewarded for the constructive energy you contribute.
2. Companies and People Are in Dire Need, and You’re in the Helping Business
Your consulting firm’s entire reason for being is to assist others; to help your clients solve problems or achieve their aspirations.
Although your clients’ problems and aspirations may very well have shifted over the past few weeks, you know for absolute certain that there are issues to be resolved and dreams to realize. Better yet, your custom-built talent is guiding clients from where they are to where they want to be.
3. Your Critical Supplies are 100% In-Stock
The components you work with are smarts, skill sets and experience. Stores are closed, components from China are in short supply and global shipments are wonky. No big deal for your consulting firm!
You and your consulting team still have all the brain power and knowledge you had two weeks ago.
Reason and critical thinking seem to have gone missing in many companies. You, on the other hand, are chock full of those capabilities.
4. You Can Manufacture Your Product Anywhere
Advice, coordination, direction, recommendations, interviews, facilitation. All of these consulting processes and deliverables can be developed and conducted virtually.
Thanks to teleconferencing platforms, virtual whiteboards and the good ol’ telephone, you’re able to create enormous value from across town, across the country, or across the globe.
5. Your Business is Easily Transitioned to Home
Similarly, your consulting team can easily operate from home offices.
Consultants, more than most, are used to producing value away from the corporate office. We work at client sites, hotel rooms, airports, bars (oops, that was supposed to be a secret). Home is just another place. No big deal.
6. It’s Suddenly a Great Time to Staff Up
If you’ve been looking to add talented personnel to your consulting team, you’re likely to find a surge in talent available over the next few months. Attracting outstanding colleagues has been extraordinarily difficult for a couple of years. Difficult and expensive.
The abrupt shift in the economy will result in plenty of talent for you to choose from without the significant premiums great candidates have demanded recently.
Plus, by staffing up, you’ll be hastening the economic recovery, which is good for everyone.
7. You Have Time to Do Big Work
If your client workload has softened, you’re gifted with the time you’ve always wished you had to tackle big, firm-growth projects.
Culture change, organization design, process development and systemization, thought leadership. Show those projects that have been begging for your time and attention a little love now.
8. You Are (I Hope) Healthy and Safe
You’re probably at home, socially distanced and scrolling down this article with freshly scrubbed hands. Your commitment to safeguarding yourself and your community is good news in itself. I, for one, am thankful you’re healthy and that you’re caring for those you love.
9 & 10. Your Reasons to Feel Positive
Your positive thoughts and approach help you stay centered and grounded. They’ll help other consultants in this community too. Please share your uplifting perspective.
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