The longer I do consulting, the easier things get.
It’s not because I’m smarter than I was yesterday. As Alan Weiss says, “I’m constantly surprised by how stupid I was two weeks ago.”
The reason things get easier is because I’ve been able to systemize the work I do—both for myself and my clients.
Some people will dismiss having systems and a “methodology” in a consulting practice.
As if every problem they encounter is so unique thing that can’t possibly be reduced down to a framework or core process.
Those people may be right in some ways, but whether they realize it or not, consultants always follow a process.
Even if yours is not documented, you still have a process. It might be a rough one, but it’s there.
There’s always a pattern of thinking that allows us to deconstruct problems and solve unique challenges using similar approaches.
That’s your process. And it doesn’t have to be rigid.
Life gets easier and results get better when you have a process that improves with every new client.