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  • Writer's pictureErin Ryan Diffenderfer

Don't take a business consultant's advice?

Updated: Feb 28


Work collaboratively with your business consultant

When you're looking for business and strategic planning advice, let me tell you something: Don't take mine or any other consultant's advice as the holy grail or only guiding light. Yes, a consultant's job is to make recommendations and guide you, but ultimately, it's up to you to decide what's best for you and your team.


Advice can be a tricky thing. It's subjective, and what works for one person may not work for another. That's why filtering stuff through your own "gut" is essential.


Here's some advice (ironic, right?). First, vet whom you're getting the guidance from to ensure the advice comes from a reliable source, then consider it carefully before putting it into action for you and your team.


Remember that if you've hired a consultant, you want and probably need an outside seasoned perspective, so stay open-minded and open to doing things you didn't or wouldn't think of yourself. Dig deep and be sure that if you find yourself resisting that guidance, it isn't coming from a place of competitive ego or fear of change or the unknown.


That said, it's important to remember that no one knows what's best for you and your business more than you do. You are the expert on your situation. You know your strengths, weaknesses, goals, and vision. The ultimate results will be yours to live with. So, when you receive advice, take the time to think about how it aligns with your goals and values. If it doesn't feel right, then don't do it.


So...should you not take my or another consultant's advice? You should consider it, trust it, and implement it only after you've done a thorough "gut" check to ensure it's right for you.


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