Management consulting can be a hard field to get into, as business schools across the country have flooded the industry with plenty of eager young minds.
Don’t be dissuaded, though – Haris Ahmed went through this after getting out of school, but he persevered and he has been a success management consultant for a while now.
Hungry to get to the top? By following certain edicts, you can find the path to success as well. In this post, we’ll go over some tips Haris implemented to get to the top of the management consulting industry.
1) Be reliable
The future belongs to those who are able to get the job done on time, on spec, and without misleading people. Honor your word, and treat all deadlines as sacred and unbreakable bonds of trust.
Those who do this consistently come to be known as those who can be counted on to get the job done right when everybody else is doing a sub par job, or is looking for a quick buck..
Get results, and your clients will adore you. This will lead to a great deal of repeat business, and plenty of referrals when their friends come searching for someone who can solve their problems.
This will help ensure your business can overcome the overwhelming odds that most new practices face when starting out. 90% of businesses fail in the first five years – make yours the exception.
2) Always work hard
Don’t slack off on certain parts of a project, even if it is far from stimulating work. Power through it, even if you aren’t feeling it. If you do a half-hearted job, you risk having this bad attitude seep over into every task that you take on.
Habits, once established, can be difficult to break, setting back the growth trajectory of your firm by untold amounts of time.
Think you are able to get away with ‘good enough’ in certain areas? Maybe you are, but know that some people are adept at noticing minute things like bad grammar and lazy conclusions.
Letting up in any area can jeopardize your entire business, so don’t succumb to the temptation of sloth when doing work for any client.
3) Know your stuff
While some think that being skilled in a variety of areas is desirable these days, we implore you to embrace the opposite if you want to be successful in 2017 and beyond.
The internet leveled the playing field over the past decade to the point where those who don’t have a compelling USP (Unique Selling Proposition) are at a huge disadvantage.
At this stage in the 21st century, being weird is your ticket to prosperity, so get good at one area and promote yourself until you are blue in the face.
From Google Ads to Facebook to LinkedIn, those who can be convinced of your superior knowledge in human resources will stick by you resolutely once you solve their problems. Attract them and then blow their socks off!