Is consulting for school districts?

by Jason Davies on July 5, 2010

Is consulting for school districts

Is consulting for school districts

Is consulting for school districts?

Is consulting for school districts? To quote Shakespeare, “…that is the question.”  Our website received 10,427 hits last month for the keyword: “Is consulting for school districts.” I can speculate by the pure quantity of inquiry, this is a hot topic and deserves some attention on our blog. Here is my attempt to turn thought into writing! Here we go.

Examine the average individual during their life. They attend school for roughly thirteen years and typically make your way through three different school buildings. The buildings include grade school, middle school, and high school. Many of us attend post-secondary education too: college, or technical school. The idea here is to “expand our minds” with information that enables us to formulate new ideas and problem solve. The point here is that during our impressionistic years, we go through a lot of change. Teachers are different, buildings are different, and we get exposed to new concepts from many angles.

After a point, though many people cease “going to school” and enter the workforce. This is the first area of danger for many. Views become stagnate and price turns into the bottom line, typically. In turn, this creates a downward slope of inside the box thinking.  People gravitate to familiar ideas, and when change comes, it creates a hardship. My opinion is that this means, “if it worked before… why change now.”

The idea of consulting is nothing new, people ask for opinions often. Consulting opens up a world of possibility by connecting people with experience. At a minimum, it provides an objective party to help sort through goals and needs. The idea is that people who go through a particular situation will typically learn things from it. Therefore, someone who goes through a budget short fall would be more qualified to help with ideas that a fresh college graduate. This is the thought that experience matters more than doctrine.

Based upon my opinion, I would say that consulting is for school districts.  It pays to find people who have gone through similar situations. They can show you what they did and what they would have done differently. This enables you to see the situation through another set of eyes and not make the same mistakes. In the end, experience matters and that is where saving money begins. Have you enlisted the help of a consultant before? I would be curious to see how it worked; or, how it failed.

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