Martin P Wilson


Ideas, Innovation, Inspiration, Insight, IT

Facilitation and Mentoring for Success.

Creating and Developing a Consultancy Practice CoverFor once I am practicing what I preach. It feels strange to have been inspired by my own writing; revising Creating and Developing a Consultancy made me think. It has been a good while since I properly reviewed my personal objectives and the Solidus business plan.  Now I have what I believe to be a new vision; I am reinvigorated and excited by the possibilities.

We have gone through the whole planning regime: personal objectives, SWOT (and all the other) analysis and come to understand our capabilities. We have considered the state of the market for Solidus’ services and how I should shape them to maximise the opportunity.

What is clear is that I was working as an interim manager; a very different role to that of a consultant. It explains why I was no longer really inspired by my work. I now realise I love ideas, innovation and problem solving. In particular I love helping people work through their challenges in creative ways. I see that my passion is mentoring individuals or facilitating groups; helping them to find ideas and new ways of addressing their needs especially in a business context. My daughter’s reaction “ what took you so long? I have been telling you that for ages!”.

Back to Consultancy

So Solidus is reverting to true consultancy with an emphasis on mentoring and facilitating creativity and innovation. We have already started by doing an assignment mentoring the owner of small high-technology business. Unlike many consultancies our approach has not been to tell him what he should do but to help him find his own direction. He owns the new strategy and is more passionate about the opportunity; he really believes he can make it happen. I see his energy levels rising each time we talk; he is excited by the possibility; he will make it work because it fits with his enthusiasms. I have done it by getting behind his questions, usually with more questions, so that he explores all possibilities. Even more important he is seeing new, different opportunities.

As we have advocated in a previous article (Rapid Incremental Development) we will be adopting an incremental approach to our relaunch. Over the next month or two there will be frequent changes; often every time a reader visits the Solidus web site. Our aim is to learn lessons quickly by making a change and monitoring how well it works. That way we can refine what we are doing immediately.

Building on Passion

I want Solidus to be much more individual, the aim is to avoid the usual corporate-speak and consultancy jargon. I will not be afraid of challenging the status-quo, giving away potentially valuable ideas (for free) and try to make this site a good read in its own right. As may be noticed I am using “I” much more and the masthead of the site incorporates my name; I am not going to hide behind a corporate identity or pretend to be other than what Solidus is.

I have learnt my lesson; I am not going to do things I no longer enjoy. I will follow my passions and that will improve the service I can give to any clients who like the approach. I know where I want go and only time will show whether anyone shares my enthusiasm for all the “I”s: ideas, innovation, imagination, inspiration and creativity. Well, you get what I mean; let’s have fun together and make our corner of the world better. If it works for you follow me on Twitter.

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