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Consultants and Best Practices Suck!

Beware Best Practices and the Consultants who bring them!

I just read a blogger who tried to impress his readers by putting down best practices and jumping on the Consultants Suck bandwagon. He took a shot at the value of “best practices” by saying mimicking is best left to monkeys. Then he threw the Consultants who help implement them under the bus too! He pretty much called them snake oil salesmen.

He’s dead wrong and here is why!

If you have to discover, test, implement and reinvent every process and improvement you need to make, you will never be able to focus on your unique genius and create your own best practices (BP’s).  There are lots of BP’s that changed the world and are worthy of mimicking:

- Edward Deming’s 14 points of management are still true, widely used, frequently restated and positioned as new, and  still a relevant tool for evaluating how you and your organization operate.
- Jim Collins Good to Great which is a collection of BP’s based on a tremendous amount of skillful research is probably one of the most influential business book ever written. It has helped thousand of companies improve and grow.

The value of a Good Best Practices Consultant is that they have done the heavy lifting required to understand what is needed to quickly teach, train,  implement and sustain the new best practice in your organization. As a result you get traction and a quicker return on your investment. In addition they bring resources that allow you to your team to stay focused on delivering your unique and valuable contributions and expertise.

Best Practices and the good Consultant’s that help implement them are a very valuable tool that can help you keep up and leap frog past your competitors! 

 

 

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