As we discussed earlier this month, life as a consultant might not be glamorous, but it can be very empowering for a professional looking for a more flexible way to build experience quickly and make a difference on their own terms. Here are the two remaining steps you need to take to make sure you set yourself up for success as a contract worker in the modern age.
3. See key trends and developments
As a contractor, it’s important to do the work. But as a stage three contractor, it’s also important to help others grow. That means they play a more senior role for clients as a project or task lead, but also stand as an expert advisor. They need to be a thought leader and a mentor (either formally or informally). They need to deliver a higher level of contribution, by providing technical insight as well as the breadth and perspective needed to help others see the bigger picture. They also need to learn to lead, teach and coach others to grow within their field, while at the same time broaden their professional and industrial networks. Think of this stage as a consultant who has been in the thick of the work for several years, who knows when things are working correctly and how to problem solve when they are not. New contractors look up to this employee for advice and direction, while at the same time learning from their expertise and experience in the work that they do.
4. Shape future direction of organizations
Stage four consultants are often the type who have retired from a life of executive decision making within their field. Now they are looking to leverage their vast knowledge and experience to help a new generation of consultants. They know how to make an impact on decision-making and have valuable skills and experience that businesses count on to train and grow their own leadership. This type of consultant is committed to helping shape the future of the business, by providing their expertise in support of new businesses currently on the rise. They are looked to for developing a deep understanding of the needs and issues of their client organizations. They work to build strong and lasting relationships with clients that know the value of their input. They actively help shape and influence an organization’s strategic direction or goals, while also managing change in an effective and empowering way.
Many consultants at this stage of their career are former executives and typically serve as executive coaches or advisors to top leadership in need of additional support. Those who succeed in this role may lack the formal power they are familiar with, but they know how important it is to influence decision-making at the very top. The skill and expertise, business knowledge and ability to connect with other decision makers make them a highly valued asset no matter where they go.
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