In my time with Simplicity, I’ve met with hundreds of clients. I’ve heard their business challenges and aspirations, their pain points and their wish lists. In those conversations, I’ve also observed key commonalities in what they value in a great consultant.
Those consistent themes are the foundation of our core values, SMILE. They’re how we show up—and why our clients continue partnering with us. They’re also an incredibly useful framework for you to evaluate whether a consultant is the right resource for your team.
I’ll guide you through each of our core values (S - M - I - L - E), highlighting what to look for and why it matters.
Our guiding principles inspire us to bring our best selves to work, each and every day. These five values—Self starter, Meaningful relationships, Innovative, Learning, and Energy—represent the things that our clients have consistently asked for in our 14 years of client service. Here are the things to look for in a great consultant.
This is one of the most important traits for a good consultant or on-demand resource. Regardless of experience level or role, a self-starter has the drive and internal motivation to take initiative and get things done.
Our business was built on relationships, and we and our consultants strive to add value in every interaction and in every relationship. Building meaningful relationships will enable your consultant to earn trust and establish rapport with project stakeholders—essentials for the project’s success.
Yes, it’s a buzzword, but an innovative approach is a differentiator in today’s fast-paced digital world. An innovative mindset will enable a consultant to think big and offer unique solutions.
We encourage a growth mindset in our staff and consultants. That appetite for lifelong learning translates to an expert who’s constantly retooling their skills and staying up-to-date with the latest tools, approaches, and techniques. That also means the humility to admit mistakes and recognize others’ areas of expertise.
Last but not least, let’s have a little fun! An infection infectious attitude and a willingness to jump in and contribute goes a long way. Look for that spark to find an expert that’s truly right for your team and the work.
Want more resources? Now that you know what to look for in a consultant, download our 7 Habits of Highly Successful Hiring Managers eBook to get the definitive guidelines for repeatable project success.
When you’re ready to put our on-demand experts to work for you, let’s talk.
Carrie Morris is the Vice President of Client Services at Simplicity Consulting. She started her career in PR & communications at notable agencies like Waggener Edstrom and Edelman, crafting creative narratives to shape perceptions for global tech and entertainment brands.
Carrie joined Simplicity’s leadership team in 2011 to help individuals and organizations achieve more. Her strength, passion, and leadership helped land Simplicity on the Inc. 500/5000 Fastest-Growing Companies list for five years running, and her focus on relationships has helped the company grow through referrals.
From strategy to execution, Simplicity Consulting is the on-demand marketing and business consultancy for the new world of work. We help companies accelerate growth, add a fresh perspective, and increase capacity—at the speed of business—with access to our curated community of marketing, communications, and business operations experts.
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