You hire consultants to give you insight, understanding and expertise. You hire consultants to assist you in something that isn’t your strength. Good consultants will likely be able to initiate change and enrich your business. However, a consultant's time on a project is, by nature, limited to the scope of the project or the conveyance of their expertise.
The unfortunate truth about hiring consultants is that they can initiate change and see implementation through but without your leadership changing to incorporate the new ideas, sustainable change will not occur in your business.
It’s incredibly humbling to hire a consultant. To admit that you may not be an expert in things in regard to your business, is hard. But it is the best way. If you have been humble enough to admit that you need help and have decided to hire a consultant, continue to let that humbleness filter down into your heart. Far down enough to admit that you may need to change your thought process in order for sustainable change to take hold in your business.
Healthy, sustainable business depends on you. Consultants can provide you value in offering expertise, solutions and implementation. But ultimately, the success of your business depends on your ability to be humble and teachable. Consultants can offer a diagnosis, prescribe a solution and even make sure that the solution is taken. But if the self-destructive business tendencies are continued after the consultant has left, then symptoms will arise and you will need to go back to the consultant again.
You can have the best doctor in the world, giving you the best care, but if, when you recover, you choose to go back to your unhealthy behavior that got you there in the first place, then you’re not going to be healthy in the long-term.
You're not interested in that. You're interested in creating a healthy, sustainable business. Humbleness is an essential ingredient. Don't use sparingly.