I’m sometimes known for being negative towards professional organizational experts, coaches and consultants.
It’s not that I think they’re bad or useless. I have a coach and I’ve just been hired to be coach. The problem, however, is that for many individuals and organizations that are really struggling, no expert, coach or consultant will be able to help them. In these situations people are desperate and are looking for that magic minimum or no effort program or model that will reverse their downward spiral.
It’s actually quite ridiculous how much money people and organizations will pay for these “experts” to come in and make it all better. If you or your organization don’t have a history or culture of being able to change, adapt or take the advice of experts then what makes you think it will work this time? If you’re to a point where things are so bad and you’re looking for an opportunity to shell out thousands of dollars for someone to come in and change a culture that’s unchangeable, then it’s time to hit the pause button and be honest with yourself.
Your organization isn’t coming back.
Stop swinging for the fences and recognize that this is a time to wind things down, to remember the past and celebrate all that you have accomplished. It’s time to look forward to, maximize and enjoy the time you have left.
If, however, your organization is a startup, thinking of innovating, or in a place of growth or temporary decline and you just can’t seem to get over the hump, experts, coaches and consultants can be of immense benefit.
But, this isn’t an advertisement or sales pitch. This is a plea for you to stop. Stop spending what little resources you have so that someone else can make a living off of taking money from dead and dying organizations, knowing that there’s nothing they can do to help. Don’t be like a gambler who doesn’t know when to stop because you can just “feel” that the next hand is your hand and you’re going to hit the jackpot, because you’re not.
However, every once in a while someone does get lucky, and that will stick in the back of your mind, haunting you, but that’s just what the casino is counting on.