There is a terrible crime against humanity going on, even as we speak. Consultants are being annihilated in great numbers, simply because of an undeserved bad rep. These creatures play a major role in maintaining the balance of the biodiversity in the business world. Sure they're muscular and powerful, but they are much more intelligent, cautious and inquisitive in nature than they have been depicted. Too much negative publicity has been bandied about willy-nilly regarding consultant encounters by those who are misinformed or prejudiced by fear. In fact, consultants are just doing what they are born to do. They go about their day offering business owners and executives objective expertise; helping to avoid costly mistakes, lending an outsider perspective and trouble-shooting organizational issues.
But have one consultant kill one project and that's all you hear about. The truth is, many things are more likely to kill your efforts than a consultant.
Every year, increasing numbers of consultants are cruelly ripped from their environment by poachers, who make tawdry web sites out of their parts. Many associations around the world have installed Consultant Nets around their businesses, causing many consultants to be entangled, often on the inside of these nets while heading back out to sea. Not only that, but these nets cause collateral damage to many others, including innocent project managers and their coordinators.
...before it's too late.
(No consultants were harmed in the formulation of this post.)