I get a real buzz from answering new questions and having real impact. With independent consulting, I get the best of both worlds - solving real problems and having impact alongside the flexibility I need.
When I decided to move back into consulting, I knew that having control over my own time was important to me, and so the independent path was definitely the right choice.
If I think about the type of team that I am typically involved in, it’s a team of grown-ups…. to the client it makes a difference in two ways, I’d say: one way is in terms of quality of client interaction – an Eden McCallum team drops onto client site and can gel with the management team very, very quickly. The other element is the practicality and pragmatism of solutions.
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On Eden McCallum projects you have real impact on clients. You are part of their organisation making things happen, so consulting and implementation go hand-in-hand, allowing you to see the results of your work – very satisfying.
The Eden McCallum model really works for people like me who have experience both in the consulting and the corporate world. Most of the work that I do for Eden McCallum is heavily client-facing and to be effective it’s really important to grasp what your recommendations will mean in reality. I feel that this makes a real difference for our clients.
My experience outside consulting makes a real difference in a client environment now. Eden McCallum’s clients look for consulting skills, but they also want people who have operational experience and who understand how to get things done in their kind of organisation. Eden McCallum understand this and are very good at constructing teams to fit a given client.
With Eden McCallum I am part of a great team, but less restricted by the ‘big firm’ responsibilities typical for a Partner: I don’t have a sales target, I do not have to spend time on any committees, and there is no pressure to publish articles or to formally develop other consultants outside the project team. I get to focus my time and energy on the part of consulting I love the most: working with clients on their most important issues and directing teams of extraordinarily talented consultants to deliver great work.
Eden McCallum provides a way for me to create the space I need to work on my own business ideas. I get some control over which cases I do, and the work I have done has been intellectually challenging. I have really enjoyed working with great team-mates from very diverse backgrounds.
I wanted a work-life balance which meant working fewer hours. While my old firm sympathised with it rationally, emotionally they never believed it could work because of client demands. Eden McCallum has truly changed my life, allowing me to find the balance that I searched for, but couldn’t find before.
Working in an Eden McCallum team allows me to achieve faster and more effective change – thanks to the experience in the client and consultant teams, and the integrated way of working together. In the end, the client really owns the outcome.
With Eden McCallum I get to work with the best consultants on really challenging client issues, but on my terms: instead of fitting into the model, I get to fit my Eden McCallum work around the whole portfolio of professional and personal activities I’m driving forward in my life.
What’s great about this model is being able to focus all my energies on solving the client’s problem, rather than spending time on the additional, internally-focused work required in traditional consulting firms. The quality of the clients and the quality of problems to be solved are as high as I’ve ever seen in my consulting career.
Working with Eden McCallum I can give my complete attention to delivering an excellent result for the client. It allows me total clarity of purpose.
Working with Eden McCallum allows me to focus on projects that best fit both my skill set and my areas of interest, where I really believe I can add substantial value. Making an impact this way is really satisfying.