- Free Essays, Term Papers & Book Notes

How to Decide Od Consultants Competencies

By:   •  Essay  •  2,031 Words  •  June 7, 2010  •  1,703 Views

Page 1 of 9

How to Decide Od Consultants Competencies

How to Decide OD Consultants Competencies

The process of choosing the correct Organizational Development consultant for a particular company can be very stressful and time consuming. Many factors may come into play such as are they detailed, how is the consultant known (good or bad), and how do their specific skills fit your companies needs. All of these are questions a company should ask and research when looking for the proper Organizational Development Consultant. Research has shown several methods on how to get the right fit for your company and I’ve narrowed down eleven of the best ways for a firm to choose their consultant and this is what was found.

The first competencies that a company should look at when selecting an Organizational Development Consultant is whether or not they have the necessary skills required for the job the client needs completed. All consultants vary in skills and their skill level so it is important to look into their skills thoroughly because if someone seems overqualified and they aren’t well known then it may be too good to be true. The second competency to look for is whether the consultant gathers complete and accurate information on the problem (Consulting Process in Action). Good things to look for in a consultant are do they apply affective questioning, observation, and feedback processing skills. How do the OD consultants analyze the data collected and interrelate it to quantitative, descriptive statistics such as means and coefficients using numerical data (OD and Change pg. 126), or qualitative, theoretical analogies of a problem (OD and Change pg. 123), information about the clients company. When this practice is done by the consultant it determines the types and amount of data needed for the appropriate collection process, which means the better the collection process is done by the consultant the better results will be. After this is done the consultant should assist the client in interpreting the data for effective results and move them into the directions of the intervention planning stage. This gives the client an idea on how they can make changes to certain things to improve their company and clear up any questions they may have with the process.

Another competency to use when evaluating a consultant is, whether or not they consult with the proper employees about the Organizational Development problem or situation. (Consulting Process in Action) Does the consultant look at just the problem or does he go into depth and look into those around who could be influencing it. When a consultant takes the time to go more into depth and talks to those involved or not involved with the problem the better idea they get of the situation. The fourth competency that shows good results is how they apply ethical principles to the consulting process. (ODNetwork) The world is full of those who will do the right or the wrong thing when put in given situation it's all about who the person really is. Most hiring companies want to make sure they choose someone who is going to do the job without any controversy or ethical dilemma. On the other hand there are some firms out there who look for those who bend the rules it is all about what a firm is looking for. The main issue to look at when choosing using this method is does there character match the ethics of the company and if not look elsewhere.

The fifth way on judging an OD consultant is if how they develop and how do they develop an interpersonal relationship with their clients. (Consulting Process in Action) Developing a relationship with a client is almost like any other relationship. The consultant should take things slowly and build trust and confidence with the client. (Consulting Process in Action) The relationship should never be too informal where best friends are made because it could impact the success of the job but becoming friends with a client may have advantages. Once the trust is earned by the consultant then a long time commitment process can be put into place for future projects with a firm. The consultant has to be able to know and understand the culture and environment of firm’s workers to have success in getting to know its employees. The consultant should inform the employees with as much information as possible to avoid confusion and anger. The more a company and its employees have a trusting understanding with a consultant the more likely they will be willing and helpful to make a change in the firm. A trusting employee will always make the changing process run smoother than an employee who doesn’t know the consulting parties or understand what is going on in the company.

The next competency is how the consultants go about contractual obligations. It's the consultants’ job to make sure all fees and rules are set and understood. A proper

Continue for 8 more pages »  •  Join now to read essay How to Decide Od Consultants Competencies
Download as (for upgraded members)