I’m a Consultant, No Ego Allowed!
I love my job. Really, I love my job. It provides me with the ability to work with incredibly diverse companies, meet and engage with interesting people, learn quite a bit about a myriad of products and services and of course, have that fabulous feeling that comes from knowing I've helped my clients and made a difference.
So yes, for all of these reasons I love my job and wouldn't change it for the world despite the fact that being a consultant also means that I pretty much need to “check my ego at the door” when I start an engagement.
It's not about me; It's about the client and what they want, when they want it and how they want it. If I have a differing opinion I may offer my thoughts but at the very end of the day it's all about them.
I might very well know that what I have proposed is 100% spot on but I also need to remember that the client just might not think so. Graciously and openly accepting client feedback and even criticism is part of being a good consultant.
Consultants live (and die) by the referrals that we get and I count myself as one of the fortunate ones that gets many referrals from clients and other trusted advisors as well. I’m not complaining but would I like to receive even more? Sure I would but I’m incredibly honored for the introductions that do come my way and anyway, as noted, no ego allowed.
So yes, we consultants need to make certain to keep our egos in check and control any of our own behaviors that might prove problematic in the consultant-client relationship.
It’s not a problem for me. Remember, I love my job.