Recently I did some quick napkin math and figured I’ve spent 85 percent of my professional life in consulting. Although I’m no longer a consultant, some of my best friends are. And I meet tons of people who share the intention, often whispered, to one day leave their jobs and go out on their own.
I also keep in touch with many of my former clients who relate recent experiences with management consultants, both good and bad. Hearing these stories either makes me happy I left consulting when I did, or makes me wish I were a consultant again, if only to set things right.
“What they should do…” I hear myself telling my clients-turned-friends. “I’ve seen it before.” (This is how technology professionals over 40 console ourselves that our skills are still valid.)