Assess My Consulting
“Assess My Consulting” is a new initiative to provide an online self-assessment tool for Management Consultants based on the internationally developed Consulting Skills Framework (CSF). It’s early days, as the tool has only been fully available online for a month or so. However, early results are very telling in terms of the types of consulting skills that are typically strong, compared with those that might need some future improvement.
The following looks at practicing management consultants only. Other profiles such as students and junior consultants etc. have not been included in these results. Also, no analysis has yet been conducted on any variations across different global regions.
Areas of Strength
The following consulting skills currently rate on average as the strongest, based on assessments completed in “Assess My Consulting“.
- Consulting Skills – Engagement Management
- Value and Behaviour Competence – Ethics and Professionalism
- Technical Competence – Functional Specialisation
The above strength areas suggest that Management Consultants are typically strong in their chosen areas of specialisation which is probably why they are operating at a consultant level. Additionally, the analysis suggests they are operating with a high degree of ethics and professionalism, and have extensive capabilities in managing consulting engagements and expectations. This synopsis is high-level and does not cover the level of detail covered in the online assessment tool itself.
Areas for Improvement
The following consulting skills currently rate on average as the weakest based on assessments completed in “Assess My Consulting“.
- Personal Development – Continued Learning and Development
- Business Competence – Client Business Insight
- Consulting Skills – Tools and methodologies
Management Consultants are typically time poor, and these results suggests they might not be spending enough time setting goals and pro-actively seeking opportunities to further their own development. In addition, they may be falling back on ‘tried and tested’ approaches to client problems rather than taking time to explore new tools and methodologies, and truly understanding the internal and external factors impacting on the project.
The next steps could be to develop easily deployed mitigations and solutions to help with skills improvement in the common areas identified as weak. Over time, more data will be available to provide a more detailed analysis of the needs of Management Consultants.
If you have not tried “Assess My Consulting“ yet, give it a go. It’s free to use (although you can get a more detailed report for a small fee) and you will gain some valuable insights into your consulting practice.