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Haiku for You and Your Consulting Firm

Change of pace today.
Only haiku, not advice.
You deserve some fun.

One more week gone, and
the proposal isn’t signed
Should I call again?

Hooray, they said yes!
Let’s review the task timeline.
Uh oh. We owe what?!

She greets me warmly.
The flight attendant knows me.
Another Monday.

The client requests
an extra analysis.
More work? Aaack. Scope creep.

Our report, page 12,
the client hears what he wants.
Now he is happy.

Presentation done,
at last this job is finished.
Where’s the next project?

Other consultants
need a respite from their toil.
Post your clever verse.


31 Comments
  1. Ron Frey
    July 31, 2019 at 10:31 am Reply

    Client is thrilled
    Bank account inflated
    Think bigger next time

    • David A. Fields
      July 31, 2019 at 11:03 am Reply

      I love it! Fabulous contribution, Ron, and a strong message too.

  2. Mark Haas
    July 31, 2019 at 12:01 pm Reply

    I published these year ago about independent consultants but they’re still applicable:

    My client calls me,
    “Six figures if you come now.”
    My alarm clock rings.

    Tell the maitre ‘d,
    good supply chain management
    will speed slow service.

    Oh, the slow market!
    Clients, clients, everywhere,
    but none calling me.

    I have reached the top,
    president of my own firm,
    but where’s the toner?

    The consultant’s joy:
    working only half a day.
    Which twelve hours is it?

    Sweet smell of success –
    new client and new contract.
    My marketing worked!

    Fallback strategy
    in competitive markets:
    “Will Consult For Food!”

    Chapter eleven,
    strategic plans gone awry.
    Time for consultants!

    Pack my suitcase for
    exotic destinations.
    Look, a Red Roof Inn!

    P/E, EVA,
    HR, IT, BPR –
    Consultant’s lingo.

    Gone from the large firm.
    The thrill of self employment.
    Oops! No support staff!

    An old, tired fad,
    process reengineering,
    but it pays the bills.

    A successful close,
    then professional service –
    satisfied clients.

    Take myself to lunch.
    Gratitude for jobs well done.
    Secretary’s Day.

    Proposals to write,
    Seeking a prospect’s blessing –
    Marketing season.

    Arriving slowly,
    like a turtle in winter.
    My receivables.

    • David A. Fields
      July 31, 2019 at 2:27 pm Reply

      Really great verses in there, Mark. Quite a few made me laugh. Thanks for contributing your work.

  3. Praveen Puri
    July 31, 2019 at 12:06 pm Reply

    Expertise we have
    Promotional skill we need
    Secret: right side up

    • David A. Fields
      July 31, 2019 at 2:28 pm Reply

      Fantastic and very cute, Praveen. Bonus points for the Right-Side Up thinking reference.

  4. Dilara Bilal-Struble
    July 31, 2019 at 2:31 pm Reply

    Another day
    in paradise lost while you still
    hope to get there

    • David A. Fields
      July 31, 2019 at 2:40 pm Reply

      Beautiful addition to this thread, Dilara.

  5. David Burnie
    July 31, 2019 at 6:36 pm Reply

    Dave’s email arrives.
    Joy and anticipation.
    Sales accelerate.

    • David A. Fields
      July 31, 2019 at 8:24 pm Reply

      Wow, David. That’s quite a poetic compliment. I’m simultaneously impressed and flattered. Thank you for being a reader and valuable part of the consulting community.

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