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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Consultancy and Professionalism

A consultant advises a CEO to hide behind the scene and not face the people after a layoff. Catuslee asks: What kind of professionalism is this?

Whose professionalism - the CEO or the consultant?

If consultant says "why not hide" and CEO says "dammit I'm not hiding", then the consultant has achieved the right outcome. Sometimes big businessmen need to be treated like small children - you suggest the exact opposite of what you really want them to do. Is it more professional to trick or bully someone into doing what's right, or to permit someone to do what you know is wrong?

But if CEO says "please help me hide", what should the consultant say?


@catuslee The fact: CEO said "I don't know what to say to the people." and the consultant said "why not ask HR to face them."

@richardveryard If the HR director is the one with backbone, maybe it would be better all round if the HR director took over as CEO.

@richardveryard A good CEO would know exactly why not to delegate that to HR. Is it consultant's job to provide moral backbone to a weak CEO?

@catuslee I like this. And the new CEO should first fire the consultant. ha ha

@catuslee At time that the CEO need to show leadership, the consultant should do whatever to influence him to do so. (yeah, ur case 1)

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