When you have a rockstar consultant doing great work for your nonprofit organization, nearing the end of your contract with him or her can be a real downer. You may be wondering, “how are we going to keep up this momentum once our consultant leaves?”
Let’s talk about what to do when things get off track with your consultant. Because let’s be honest, no consultant or consulting engagement has been, or ever will be, completely perfect. So, when you’re starting to get frustrated with your consultant, or you feel a more subtle sense of “things could be going better here,” follow these 4 simple steps to get things back on track...
When you’re working with a consultant to create transformational change - in your nonprofit and in yourself as a leader - your relationship requires deep trust, honest communications, and complete transparency. This kind of intimate relationship takes effort to create and maintain. You need to start building the foundation from the very beginning of your work together, and you can do that with this one simple step.
In the vast sea of nonprofit consultants (especially here in DC), it can be hard to find your perfect match. So once you’ve done your prep work, what’s the best way to find a great consultant to work on your project?
Your nonprofit is ready to embark on a strategic planning process, and energies are high. Everyone is excited to come together, think creatively about how your organization can be even better, and forge a new, ambitious path forward! And next thing you know … the planning process is coming to an end and, while you’ve got a shiny new strategic plan, in reality very little changes. Sound familiar?