It’s time to become a consultant.
Not because I can’t afford to be a journalist. I just can’t afford not to be a consultant!
You can make hundreds of dollars an hour as a consultant! You can charge $300 per phone call! You can (I’m guessing) write off everything as a cost to your business. You can print your own money. You can force people to salute when you walk into a room. It’s a value-added opportunity that allows you to monetize yourself while acting as an agent of change.
Based on recent newspaper articles, there are plenty of options – school districts, cities and other agencies are hiring consultants (including the most awesome company ever, which has a contract with the Fairfield-Suisun School District: The Flippen Group, founded by Flip Flippen! How can you not love that?)
It’s time to launch The Stanhope Group.
The advantage of The Stanhope Group is that it’s flexible.
The problem for The Stanhope Group is finding an area of expertise, although we certainly will be proactive and put boots on the ground.
If you are paying attention, you know that most consulting groups have some area in which they offer something special – how to communicate, how to streamline management, how to separate the colors and whites, how to mend a broken heart.
Can The Stanhope Group offer something unique? Maybe.
I’m good, for instance, as basic math. I can estimate a baseball player’s batting average within a point or two if you give me his at-bats and hits totals. I can estimate my weekly grocery bill within $10 if I pay attention. I can estimate square roots fairly well, if that’s needed.
But businesses already have computers to do that, so they wouldn’t need my skills. And estimates aren’t a best practice. They don’t move the needle, as we say in the consulting business.
I am also expert at estimating a time of arrival on a long trip within a few minutes (which uses my math skills, combining our average speed, length of trip and likely breaks). That could come in handy for a school district or civic government planning a trip. But GPS does that for you now, which was a paradigm shift, as we say in consulting.
I also am pretty good at 1970s pop music lyrics. But unless an aging music teacher needs help to teach children lyrics to a song by Gordon Lightfoot or the Bee Gees, that’s not a win-win.
Despite the obstacles, The Stanhope Group will still take it to the next level.
What can The Stanhope Group offer your organization?
Here’s a plug-and-play idea: The Stanhope Group will provide results-oriented, actionable deliverables of buzzwords to help you harvest low-hanging fruit and get a better ROI.
That is a robust way to leverage your core competencies, isn’t it?
Your takeaway? I’m not just a columnist. I’m a value-added consultant on the bleeding edge of synergy.
Send your checks to me, courtesy of this newspaper.
Reach Brad Stanhope at 427-6958 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him at www.twitter.com/bradstanhope.