Consultants need love too!!!


It occurred to me that my last post may have been slightly offensive to those hardworking consultants out there…  I know quite a few that are very forthright, honest, diligent and ingenious.  Jennifer and Cindy come to mind.  And at least Ward stuck it out for a while.

My sincerest apologies to many consultants…  Not all, but many.  After all, they have to do a good job otherwise they probably won’t find the next customer willing to pay them.  A great many consultants, like my ex-brother-in-law, have a very unique skill that just needs a few hours of specifically focused work to get things in place.

But policy consultants???  Nope…  No love…  Maybe we could talk about it….and keep talking about it…  then argue about it….  Then walk out in a huff until you find someone in power gullible enough to listen to you.

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3 responses to “Consultants need love too!!!

  1. Without standards or perspective, our elected officials will be totally lost as human beings and as representatives. It is those standards and perspectives we need to examine first before we ask how they translate their beliefs and priorities into working policy. Given today’s diversity in both culture and the nation’s needs and goals, no one man can possibly have insight into every nuance of every decision he must make. It will come down to who can be trusted to be consistent with his or her own principles be they elected officials or consultants. With those people one can work with unity of purpose. With everyone else one must regretfully be skeptical and probing. We must make the time to do that. Beware the chameleon and the sycophant.

  2. You’re gonna make me look up “sycophant”. Then I will be using it in inappropriate sentences all week.

  3. Very good, Ron! I approve of your word choice…. This is a provocative label. You have earned your stripes as a “Troll”

    World English Dictionary
    sycophant (ˈsɪkəfənt)
    — n
    a person who uses flattery to win favour from individuals wielding influence; toady

    [C16: from Latin sӯcophanta, from Greek sukophantēs, literally: the person showing a fig, apparently referring to the fig sign used in making an accusation, from sukon fig + phainein to show; sense probably developed from “accuser” to “informer, flatterer”]

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