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The Basic Principles of Effective Consulting

2nd Edition

By Linda K. Stroh

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174 pages

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Description

Consultants are called upon more and more to help implement needed organizational changes, fill gaps in workforce capabilities, and solve significant business problems. As the demand for consultants increases, it is critical that practitioners differentiate themselves and understand how they can be most successful, for themselves and their clients. The Basic Principles of Effective Consulting details what effective consultants do and provides a step by step process of just how they do it.

The Second Edition of The Basic Principles of Effective Consulting is fully updated with real-life cases. End-of-chapter summaries foster both mastery and engagement, as well as providing a quick reference throughout a consultant’s career. In addition, each chapter includes a section "From the experts" written by successful consultants and users of consultants’ services. These experts share ideas and tips about their own consulting experiences that relate to chapter material.

The book is written for entry level and seasoned consultants, project managers, staff advisors, and anyone who wants to learn (or be reminded of) the basic principles of effective consulting. The book is well suited as an excellent textbook for college courses on consulting, organizational training, and a lifetime go-to consultant’s resource.

Table of Contents

Foreword

Preface

About the Author

1. Consultants and Consulting

2. Managing Expectations and Goals

3. Formalizing the Agreement: Contracts and Proposals

4. Developing a Project Plan

5. Data Collection

6. Interviewing

7. Preparing the Feedback/Assessment Report: Moving the Client to Action

8. Presenting the Findings: Moving from Diagnosis to Commitment to Action

9. Initiating Action

10. Ending the Project

11. Some Final Thoughts: The Basic Principles of Effective Consulting

Index

About the Author

Linda K. Stroh, PhD is a Loyola University Faculty Scholar and Emeritus Professor at the Quinlan School of Business, Loyola University Chicago, and is currently teaching at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUS041000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Management
BUS075000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Consulting
PSY003000
PSYCHOLOGY / Applied Psychology
PSY021000
PSYCHOLOGY / Industrial & Organizational Psychology