Affordable Business Consulting – Low Overheads

Strategy Driven

StrategyDriven’s radically different approach to management consulting eliminates the bricks and mortar consulting firm offices that sit empty most of the time and then passes that cost savings on to our clients.

Affordable Business Consulting – Experienced Advisors

Strategy Driven

StrategyDriven’s radically different approach to management consulting provides you the access you want – no more and no less – to the business executives and senior managers who have the hard-earned experience needed to get the job done faster, better, and ultimately cheaper.

Work Like a Consultant

Lead Change Blog

With over 35 years under my belt as an independent consultant, I’ve learned much about how to make life work and make work come alive. In that sense, I wish everyone could be a consultant. Successful consultants are joy carriers. Leadership Development consulting Leadership

How To Get a Consult With Me

Kevin Eikenberry

Years ago, early in my consulting career, it was easy to get a spot on my calendar. If you wanted to get some insight into a problem or a challenge, you could email or call me, and we could have a quick consultation.

Is Consultant a Four-Letter Word?

Kevin Eikenberry

Well, by the math, consultant is an ten-letter word. And while I am biased about the role, since I have been one for many years, I do know that many people have bad experiences with consultants – both working with them and hiring them. The post Is Consultant a Four-Letter Word?

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How a Consultant Can Fit Into Your Culture

Strategy Driven

Great consultants don’t necessarily want to spend a lot of time talking about theory or generalities, they would rather roll up their sleeves and get into the mix to help you address your project needs and challenges now. You just finished reading How a Consultant Can Fit Into Your Culture !

The Case for Doing Mediocre Consulting Work

David A Fields

Okay, before you twist your propeller into a pretzel over the title of this article and the mere suggestion of mediocre consulting work, let’s break the idea down. Part 1 – What is Consulting Work?

The Perfect Consulting Deliverable

David A Fields

Every time you reach a consulting project’s milestone you’d like your client to be so delighted with your deliverable that they leap with joy, slather you with praise and immediately investigate whether your results can be immortalized in a Taylor Swift song.

What’s the Right Amount of Repeat Consulting Business?

David A Fields

In contrast, you can probably point to multiple clients who have engaged your [ ] Consultants ConsultingThe roofer spiffying up my Connecticut abode should be done in a day or two, then I’ll see him again, uhm, never? Roofing seems like a tough business.

Your Clients’ Top 7 Obligations to Your Consulting Firm

David A Fields

Consulting can sometimes feel like an unequal, parent-child type relationship. You are peers, and your clients have obligations to your consulting firm and [ ] Consultants ConsultingThey set rules. They control your payments. They tell you to turn your music down.

Rule #2 of Successful Consulting Firms

David A Fields

That’d never work for consulting because, well, clients aren’t always right. Rule #1 of successful consulting is to remember consulting isn’t about you. My [ ] Consultants Consulting

7 Reasons Why Running an Independent Consulting Firm Rocks

David A Fields

Let’s throw a party for independent consulting and toss out a few reasons why it rocks. Feel free [ ] Consultants ConsultingOn July 4th, Americans celebrate throwing. Throwing off the yoke of British rule, throwing baseballs, throwing barbecues and throwing back beers.

Consultants: How to Make Your Article Writing Infinitely Easier

David A Fields

You know that writing can be a powerful, business-generating vehicle for your consulting firm. As a reminder, writing: Allows you to send pithy reminders that your consulting firm exists to your prospects in a [ ] Consultants Consulting

A 12-Week Challenge that Will Lift Your Consulting Firm

David A Fields

You’re surrounded by opportunities to accelerate your success and to enjoy the rewards of running your solo or boutique, independent consulting firm. [ ] Consultants Consulting

How to Build a Steadier, More Rewarding Consulting Practice

David A Fields

Consulting firms often experience swings or surges in clients and projects. You can smooth your ride and enjoy your consulting practice more by reversing your priorities. On the other [ ] Consultants Consulting

The Perfect Introduction Email to New Consulting Prospects

David A Fields

For instance, when they’re sending an email (or text message) introducing you to a new contact—Peach McPinecone—who could potentially become a client of your consulting firm. Clients and friends are great, but sometimes their greatness could be improved a tad.

The 300. Your Consulting Firm’s Perfect Target Market

David A Fields

How many prospects should there be in your consulting firm’s target market? There’s a lower limit and an upper limit on your perfect target market size for your boutique consulting firm. Savoring one D&G truffle leaves you crying for another [ ] Consultants Consulting

Does Being Obnoxious Pay Off in Consulting?

David A Fields

Do we see this in consulting? What can we learn from it and how should we, as leaders of consulting firms act? According to a 2016 [ ] Consultants ConsultingRudeness, discourtesy, and aggressively insulting behavior hog the limelight these days.

9 Tips For Giving A Free Consultation

Women on Business

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The First Management Consultant?


Time passes but Jethro's advice to Moses remains wise

How to Capitalize on Your Consulting Talents

David A Fields

One of the huge perks of independent consulting is that you can operate from anywhere. It’s a place I call [ ] Consultants ConsultingEven if you’re steering a sizable boutique, it’s fairly easy to jaunt off to Italy or India or Indiana for a month.

The Truth Behind Every Objection to Consulting Fees

David A Fields

What if a single, underlying factor drove every objection to consulting fees … and it was one you could address? The issue will become clearer when we separate out faux objections that are really clarifications of parameters, not push-back on the consulting fees.

The 10 Greatest Questions to Ask Consulting Prospects

David A Fields

You’re a consultant. Your genius is revealed by your questions, not your [ ] Consultants ConsultingYou solve problems and give advice. Your wisdom and sagacity determine your to clients, and you are literally paid to announce your well-reasoned thoughts.

10 Obvious Mistakes Consultants Make

David A Fields

In consulting there are equally obvious rules of the road that are, nevertheless, inexplicably ignored by many of our colleagues. Consultants Consultative Selling Mindset Relationships attitude communication Consultative selling mindset relationships

What is Consultative Selling?

Coaching Tip

Definition: The term ''consultative selling'' first appeared in the 1970s book Consultative Selling by Mack Hanan. It describes a selling technique in which the salesperson acts as an expert consultant for his prospect, asking questions to determine the prospect''s needs and then using that information to select the best product or service for those needs. Sources: Mack Hanan: Consultative Selling: The Hanan Formula for High-Margin Sales at High Levels.

The 2nd Most Important Word in Consulting

David A Fields

If you asked me a few years ago for the most important phrase in consulting, the reply would have been, “Yes I can!” Your can-do attitude is your ticket to a successful consulting practice, right?

7 Essential Rules for Consultants’ Emails

David A Fields

Which of the following is more useful: reading about how consultants should write emails, or listening to a flight attendant instruct you in buckling a seat belt. Consultants mess up emails [ ] Consultants ConsultingQuick quiz!

10 Tips for Dynamite Meetings with Your Consulting Clients

David A Fields

Your clients send your consulting firm checks with plenty of digits. How do you knock their socks off so they have cold toes they pump your hand enthusiastically, sign up for more of your consulting wizardry and [ ] Consultants Consulting

Conscientious Consultant

Tony Mayo

Tony was a highly capable and conscientious consultant who did a great job for us. I’d use him again. –George Pappas AVP – Projects Cognizant Technology Solutions Share it! Client Comments

Your Right to Win Consulting Projects

David A Fields

As you target future prospects and projects for your consulting firm, ask that good-looking consultant in the mirror: “Where do you have the right to win?” Sondheim listened to Billy’s audition but, ultimately declined [ ] Consultants Consulting

Consulting, Content and Context: A Fable


It was the first day of his job as a consultant with this large consulting house. The consultant entered the office and walked across the corridor confidently, armed with his knowledge about methodologies, tools and best practices.

Mystery: What Consultants Do


They probably don''t know about management consultants. Management consultants - those renegades - remain a position of mystery to some and indifference to most. This produces a marketing nightmare for those of us in the management consulting field.

9 “Whys” Every Consultant Should Master

David A Fields

As a consultant and leader of a consulting firm, inquiry is your most powerful tool. Consultants can learn even more from little tykes. Kids’ insatiable curiosity and their innate understanding [ ] Consultants ConsultingLast week’s article drew from toddlers’ propensity to say No. Children are inquisition machines, pestering their parents and teachers with scores of questions every day.

How to Close Consulting Projects Even After You Lose Them

David A Fields

Here’s another punch in the gut: “We decided not to award the consulting project to your consulting firm.” But, could there be a silver lining or, at [ ] Consultants ConsultingSome rejections are devastating.

Why “Gettin’ Jiggy” Means Big Money for Your Consulting Firm

David A Fields

There are two truths that govern the success of your consulting firm: your Revenue Truth and your Leverage Truth. While a deft artisan with a lathe can craft a breathtaking bowl from a block of maple, my attempts at turning produce only piles [ ] Consultants Consulting

The Ultimate Choice for Consultants

David A Fields

” As a consultant, you should reverse that order. Consultants Mindset attitude Consultative sellingIn the U.S.A.’s s extraordinary election cycle, each and every citizen made a critically important choice (including those who chose not to vote).

Lost a Consulting Gig? Here’s the Real Reason Why

David A Fields

You’d love to boast of 100% close rates—every one of your consulting firm’s prospects signs a contract for a lucrative consulting project. Alas, you and I both know that some great consulting opportunities have slipped away. Did [ ] Consultants Consulting

How to Dramatically Expand the Audience that Sees Your Consulting Firm’s Content

David A Fields

Being smart and producing high-value content aren’t sufficient to win new consulting clients. Your consulting firm’s thought leadership on chocolate soufflés is [ ] Consultants Consulting

How to Start Your Own HR Consulting Company


You will need to register your business and determine which business structure suits your organization’s needs, this will most likely be registering as a company to ensure your consultancy will perform to the best of its ability and limit your liability towards your business. Outside of events, you will be able to promote consulting services by contacting businesses and sharing with them some insight into changes in the HR industry.

3 Scripts to Handle Objections to Consulting Fees

David A Fields

Your script starts with your prospect, Yuri Yusimi objecting to the consulting fees you’ve proposed. No [ ] Consultants ConsultingLast week we discussed the issue underlying every fee objection: fairness. (If If you missed it, take one minute to read this).