In these difficult and challenging economic times many organizations are facing serious situations that require gaining greater efficiencies in the delivery of goods or services. Most often, this requires considering different approaches to doing business.
If you are experiencing larger operating costs without growth or increased demand for services but have stagnate or declining resources, and traditional solutions are no longer viable, maybe now is the time to think in new ways about how operations could occur within your organization.
Changing operations, or how you do business, is extremely difficult during “good times” when things are running smoothly. Change is more palatable when the problem is of a magnitude where everyone is potentially affected. In fact, times of disruption are ideal opportunities for make significant change. Leaders know that challenges can be opportunities.
Some of these challenges may call for:
In addition, new thinking about your operations may reveal opportunities to collaborate with other organizations or agencies to form previously unthought-of possibilities for sharing resources or providing services for and with others.
Most often, those within an organization are aware of potential changes, but forces such as territorial prerogatives, personalities, politics, vested interests, and old habits makes it doubtful that change “driven from within” will have full support or be seen as objective. Continuing to do the same and expecting a different outcome does not work. The result is usually doing less, reducing resources, and leaving customers or clients unsatisfied.
That is when you should consider hiring a consultant. Consultants are experienced professionals with industry knowledge, experience in like- situations, possess objectivity, and most important, value integrity because they live and die by their reputation. The fact that they have no personal vested interest allows them to make recommendations based on facts and findings and therefore bring greater value in meeting challenges.
Some of the most important assistance services that consultants can provide include:
- Evaluating the effectiveness of services
- Re-prioritizing expenditures
- Identifying and developing collaborative partnerships
- Realigning processes
- Establishing performance measures
- Developing strategic action plans
- Refining service delivery
- Supporting the process of change and transition
Turning challenges into opportunities is the responsibility of the leadership. A good leader takes the challenge, seeks options and alternatives, and is action-oriented.
Lopez Consulting Group can assist you in these exciting and challenging times.