Six Good Reasons Not to Hire A Business Consultant

The “Megalomania Syndrome”: A delusional mental illness that is marked by feelings of personal omnipotence and grandeur.

You might not want to hire a business consultant or any other assistant to help you with your business: Do you suffer from overbearingness or are you simply irresponsible?

As a major player in Change Management, Public Relations and Corporate Communications, Business and Corporate Strategic Systemic Planning, Regulatory Compliance and Change Management and Crisis and Reputation Management for the past 25 years, I can give you a million reasons why you should hire a business consultant to help you grow your business. But, for some reasons, you might not want to do so.

Here are six good reasons why you would not need any assistance from any business consultant or any kind of any other advocate.

First: You know it all.

You know all there is to know about business, and never hesitate or wonder if you are making the right decisions or if you going down the right path. You never worry about your future and you sleep well at night knowing the choices you made today were the right ones.

Second: You do not want to be held accountable.

You spend 100 percent of your time in the office focused on growing your business. You do not get sidetracked by staff issues or putting out fires. And you most definitely never sit in on a meeting that is a waste of your time. You complete all the items on your to-do list each and every day with time to spare. When you set your mind on a goal or project, you push it to completion with time left over.

Third: You do not want to grow your business.

You have more than enough clients and increasing your revenue is not a concern for you. Growing your business and being able to sell it or own it passively in the future is not on your priority list or something you desire. You are scared to grow because growth often means working harder and you are already working as hard as you can.

Fourth: You want to work more.

You often leave the office at the end of the day wishing you could stay longer. Your significant other and family members never get upset over you being late for dinner or missing an important social or family event. You believe you spend too much time with your friends and family, and take too many vacations each year to exotic locations. You enjoy the feeling of being needed when your employees come to you for every little problem or roadblock.

Fifth: You do not want to celebrate your victories.

You see no reason to celebrate your victories. You are never too hard on yourself. You never look at your progress on a project and see only the things that are left to do on the to-do list.

Sixth: You have it all figured out!

Yes indeed, you have it all figured out, and you do not want to share your personal challenges and weaknesses with someone who might provide you with perspective and feedback. You do not want to talk to someone that will challenge your ideas and sharpen your thinking.

And most certainly, you do not want to talk about your business with someone who will not judge you and is only there to support you.

You have it all figured out.

One last word

If these six reasons sound like you, congratulations! You do not need any assistance from anyone.

But for the remaining 99.99 percent of business owners, CEO and corporate officers that are doing their best each and every day, and wonder if they could be doing things differently to grow their business faster, a business consultant just might be a good option.

On the other hand, even if having someone to guide you through the ups and downs of business ownership is not for everyone, if these 6 reasons do not sound like you at all, do not hesitate to contact me. I am still here to help you achieving greatness.

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Michel Ouellette JMD, ll.l, ll.m

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Improve Yourself


Amy Rees Anderson 

Sorry, I can’t say it better than Amy
The final countdown | by: Michel Ouellette JMD

“If You Want to Improve, Stop Defending and Start Listening”

To grow and improve is a desire that most all of us share. Yet, in order to grow and improve we must first be willing to acknowledge our areas of weakness; we must accept who we are. Stop defending and start listening; feedback is the quickest way to learn about our weaknesses. Knowing our weaknesses is the most important step in overcoming them.

When a person’s views, ideas, or behaviors are threatened, any suggestion that conflicts with their idea or behavior can send a person into defensive mode and they are unable to take in much new information as they become solely focused on defending their position. They will deny, make excuses, challenge, rationalize, explain, justify, blame, avoid, withdraw, or go on the attack. To a person on the defense, any new knowledge feels threatening and they are unable to see any side but their own.

Given that our desire is to grow and improve, it is imperative to take steps to avoid this type of response. The most important element in avoiding it is to listen. Our ability to form healthy relationships with others is a direct result of our ability to listen well. Sometimes when hearing feedback, we must force ourselves to take a deep breath, or, if necessary, ask to be excused for a moment so you might step away and regain our composure. Then we can return with a clear head, ready to actively listen. 

Be careful not to expect everyone to see things exactly the same way you do. One of the best things about diversity of thought is that it helps us to view things from different perspectives, so welcome the opportunity to expand your horizons. If, while receiving feedback, you are feeling attacked, feel comfortable to express you are feeling that way in a calm and respectful tone. Look for areas you can agree with them.

If you truly can’t find any points to agree with then ask for specific examples in a way to show that you have a genuine desire to better understand their point of view. Be quick to apologize when you should. Stay on topic. Don’t use the conversation as a way to start bringing up your own grievances that are unrelated to the current discussion.

After hearing the other person out with an open mind, if you are still struggling with their point of view, simply thank them for sharing their views with you and let them know that you genuinely want to take time to ponder what they have said, stating that you will come back to them after you have given it more thought.

When someone is willing to take the time to give you constructive feedback, listen. Truly confident people are able to listen respectfully to other perspectives, then to genuinely consider and evaluate if there is truth in what others are saying. They are able to do it without the feeling that other perspectives are in any way diminishing their own.

This is today’s way and the way of tomorrow: if you want to improve your situation, to improve yourself, stop defending and start listening.

To be continued…


Michel Ouellette JMD is a talented keynote and motivational speaker, public affairs & communications Strategist. For more about “Making It” in the years to come and coming soon: “Standing Out” by JMD.
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