Many physicians enjoy successful careers in consulting or are interested in applying their vast experience while pursuing a career. Physicians are well positioned to take advantage of such non-clinical career opportunities, but they also need to avoid the pitfalls. We found a guest post from Pamela Slim on iwillteachyoutoberich.com titled “Considering a career in consulting? Avoid these 5 stupid mistakes.”
Regardless of the type of consulting, which may range from the Big 5 firms servicing the largest Fortune 500 companies, to boutique firms or consulting divisions, all the way to self-employment, the required skills identified by the post include:
- The ability to view the “big picture” of an organization and see how all the parts fit together.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to relate to people from all levels of an organization.
- Confidence to stand up for what you believe in and the grace to admit when you are wrong.
- The ability to synthesize a great amount of data in an effective presentation in a short period of time.
- Knowledge of change management.
The 5 stupid mistakes of new (and sometimes experienced) consultants covered by the post include:
- Acting like an arrogant colonist
- Selling your words by the pound
- Thinking you know everything
- Acting like a clone
- Tying yourself to the coattails of one client
To read the full post, please visit the iwillteachyoutoberich.com website.