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The Consulting Career Test

The Consulting Career Test

  1. Do you have a passion to improve others’ personal performance and businesses?
  2. Do you have a strong command of the language in both writing and speaking?
  3. Do you have, and can you acquire rapidly, competencies, methodologies, and technologies to assist in client improvement?
  4. Are you free from arbitrary fads, jargon, and models, so that you don’t tend to see every issue as a nail to be hit with your single hammer?
  5. Do you have a support system of family and/or colleagues who can provide honest feedback and reinforcement?
  6. Are you comfortable proactively reaching out to others to provide your value, rather than believing you are imposing and asking for money?
  7. Is your self-esteem strong enough to accept rejection and setback, learn from them, and move on?
  8. Do you have the ability to ignore unsolicited feedback and not make changes based on random comments from uninformed sources?
  9. Are you able to organize your work and your life so that you can move quickly and readily set accurate priorities?

10. Are you content with success and don’t insist on perfection?

11. Can you produce your own intellectual property and new ideas on a regular basis?

12. Have you the resources to support yourself over six months comfortably if you have zero revenue during that time?

13. Are you able to request and stimulate referrals from everyone relevant in your life?

14. Can you accept not working during daily periods because there is simply nothing valuable to do at the moment?

15. Can you jettison and continually resist guilt and the baggage of others?

16. Are you happy with who you are without making excuses for yourself or your life?

Scoring Key:

Yes to 16: You have a strong chance of being successful long-term.

Yes to less than 16: Consider another line of work.

© Alan Weiss 2011. All rights reserved.

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Alan Weiss is a consultant, speaker, and author of over 60 books. His consulting firm, Summit Consulting Group, Inc., has attracted clients from over 500 leading organizations around the world.

Comments: 1

  • Vito Boscaino

    August 10, 2011

    Alan – This is a good thoughtful set of criteria to consider. Thanks.

    Vito Boscaino

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