July 30, 2005

Why do people hate consultants?

I do get the feeling through blogs, chats, discussions etc that there is a general absence of goodwill towards consultants among many of my friends. There is a tendency to brand consultants as greedy self serving salesmen who use bombastic language to sell an idea that could be pure nonsense or commonsense and then get paid a fortune for it.

I hesitate to fully buy into that theory. if consultents are not value for money, why do they get paid so much. Why are consultants and consulting companies thriving – especially Business and IT consultancies. And being an aspiring consultant myself, I'm pretty upbeat about the good that consultants can potentially do.

But why is there a sarcastic snigger when one talks about consultants ? Are they angels ? Or wolves in designer clothing?

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  1. Buck Rogers

    because consultants are parasitic scum who give crap advice

    31 Jul 2005, 13:28

  2. Sometimes it's useful to have an expensive impartial third-party in to demonstrate to others what you already know.

    People are more likely to believe someone that is being paid an awful lot (otherwise you feel stupid for paying them that much).

    It's a vicious circle.

    01 Aug 2005, 08:50

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