(23) Intermediate Consulting Skills: Using a Complexity Focus to Manage Your Consulting Practice

Session Number: 23
Track: Professional Development Workshops
Session Type: Professional Development Workshops
Workshop Lead Presenter: Gail Vallance Barrington, PhD, FCMC, CE [President - Barrington Research Group, Inc.]
Time: Oct 26, 2016 (08:00 AM - 03:00 PM)
Room: International North B

Audience Level: Intermediate

Session Abstract:  Common problems encountered by independent consultants can be resolved by using creative, adaptive processes as well as traditional business management techniques. In this workshop, participants will have an opportunity to consider their small consulting practice from both perspectives, using a complexity lens as well as operationalizing time-tested methods. How do you manage from the middle? How can you be both disruptive and supportive at the same time? How can you use design approaches to solve thorny issues? Using her book, blogs, and field experience as reference points and mining the skills and experiences of attendees, the facilitator will lead this workshop in new directions by taking an interactive, hands-on approach. Topics will include new approaches to marketing, managing work processes, understanding contracts and avoiding scope creep, and fostering innovation and sustainability. Learn to thrive in this challenging but rewarding career!