Remember all those little lessons and morals one of your parents or instructors would tell you?
Clever maxims such as, “Honesty is the best policy,” and “Don’t count your chickens before they hatch,” and “No, an empty shoebox is not an acceptable diorama of The Invisible Man.”
One of the classic structures for a pithy saying is, “If you’re ________, you’re not __________.” (Or, the reverse, “If you’re not __________, you’re __________.”)
My team and I quickly compiled a long list of “you’re/you’re not” dictums that felt particularly relevant to consulting.
A selection of our new adages are listed below.*
After you read through the list, please add your own “You’re/your’re…” wisdom in the comments section.
10 Simple Lessons for Your Consulting Firm
Stay Right-Side Up
If you’re highlighting you, you’re not attending to them.
Always Be Calling
If you’re matching your consulting firm’s outreach activity to your current capacity, you’re guaranteeing feast-or-famine cycles.
Mate for Life
If you’re focused on short term relationships, you’re not creating long-term value.
Find the Flaw
If you’re not challenging your assumptions, you’re on the path to become irrelevant.
If you’re not enjoying your days, you’re missing the point of being a consulting firm leader.
Think Long Term
If you’re totally focused on current opportunities, you’re not securing your future.
Insert Coin, Enjoy Results
If you’re not creating systems, you’re capping your ability to deliver.
Face the Music
If you’re ignoring uncomfortable feedback, you’re not viewing your consulting firm realistically.
If you’re never making mistakes, you’re not stretching your consulting firm.
What “If you’re…” lesson do you suggest?
I look forward to reading your additions to the list.
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