Physician Consulting Mistakes

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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 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:

  1. The ability to view the “big picture” of an organization and see how all the parts fit together.
  2. Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to relate to people from all levels of an organization.
  3. Confidence to stand up for what you believe in and the grace to admit when you are wrong.
  4. The ability to synthesize a great amount of data in an effective presentation in a short period of time.
  5. Knowledge of change management.


The 5 stupid mistakes of new (and sometimes experienced) consultants covered by the post include:

  1. Acting like an arrogant colonist
  2. Selling your words by the pound
  3. Thinking you know everything
  4. Acting like a clone
  5. Tying yourself to the coattails of one client


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