Consultants as Detectives

At Gautam Ghosh's blog, his guest blogger R. Karthik has an interesting piece about consultants as detectives, where he says:

Ever wondered what (competencies) on earth could a consulting practice be built around if it were to deal with crime detection? Arthur Conan Doyle-the creator of Sherlock Holmes describes his profession as one of a 'Consultant Detective.'

When people stood amazed at his success in solving mysterious crimes, he would state in a matter-of-fact tone: "It is my business to know what others do not."

Reminds me of something that Fritz Steele wrote about many years ago (in Consulting for Organizational Change, 1981), where he mused that, if a consultant is like a detective, then the client is like a suspect.

Hmmm...Does that mean that a consultant's job is suspection? Is that even a word?

Posted by Terrence Seamon, July 23, 2007


Scott said…
I like new words - suspection is up there with gruntled!
Terrence Seamon said…

Could you mean this blog:

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