Aves or avian dinosaurs are commonly known as birds. This is the most successful species we know. Birds have unique abilities and can adapt to different environments easily. They are the only species who can dominate land, water, and air at the same time. There is so much we can learn from them in general, however, I have always drawn parallel to their abilities to a consultant in a professional consulting environment.
Consulting is a hard task and is not everyone’s cup of tea. Those who thrive in the consulting environment tend to have a lot of qualities that are found across the Aves species.
Since I work for a consulting organisation (Barhead) which is named after the Bar-headed goose, I have tried to explain the traits of a bird and draw a parallel to the quality or skill of a true consultant.
Peacock – Peacocks are known for their beauty and to be able to put on a great show. Peacocks can express themselves with utmost confidence.
A good consultant possesses great confidence and can captivate its audience with its presence in the room. A consultant will invest time and effort in his/her health, grooming, and attire, to make a good and lasting impression.
Duck – Ducks appear to be very cool, calm, and collected on the surface even if there is constant and frantic peddling required under the water.
A true consultant is the same. No matter how stressful the engagement is, he/she is cool, calm, and collected. In the background the consultant might be asking for all sorts of help from his/her team, however, the client always sees the consultant as one who is not perturbed by the crisis at hand – like a true leader.
Eagle – No bird can match the focus and clarity in vision that Eagles have. Eagles can spot their prey 3.2 kms away which demonstrates just how clear their vision is.
A consultant will have the same level of focus on the task at hand and still not lose the sight of the long-term vision. A consultant will be able to help the client deliver its long-term vision by focusing on each of the tasks required to get there.
Penguin – Penguins are known to stick together through thick and thin, come what may. They stay together, help each other, and provide valuable lessons in terms of teamwork.
A lot of times consultants work in isolation, however, there are times when they are required to work in teams to deliver successful business outcomes. A good consultant values the benefit of working in teams with a common objective and helping each other to achieve that.