In most office or business settings, you always work with the same group of people. You get to know each other very well, and you share ideas and make your business grow. However, what happens when you reach a point where you have stagnated and the business is not growing? Can your same team develop new ideas to stimulate an increase in profits? What else could you be doing?
By bringing in an external expert to help with the team’s innovation, you can jump start your progress and get your team and your business moving in the right direction. Your team has a limited background and limited set of skills. By bringing in even just one new person with a different skill set, you can drastically alter the direction of your business.
To make the most of an outside expert or consultant, make sure you set the stage with your team first. The team needs to know that their opinions are still valued, but that you are pushing them to grow and see the business and the problems in a different way. This expert can help. When you want innovation within a team, having a new set of eyes – even if they aren’t as familiar with the intimate details of your business – can make a dramatic improvement. Simply by asking questions – the right questions – the expert consultant can open the eyes of your existing team and create an innovate environment for all.
Because they are not long-term employees, external consultants are often able to be more direct and honest about the business situation. Often, this candor encourages people to see things as they really are instead of how they want them to be. Once the problem is more clearly defined with the help of the new expert consultant, it is often a collaborative effort between the external consultant and the existing team to innovate a solution to the problem.
Another advantage to bringing in an outside expert is that this expert is not afraid to ask questions. Often, having a new set of eyes on the team can trigger questions that were once considered as given assumptions. By challenging these assumptions, true innovation can begin. Once the artificial barriers are broken down by the questions and queries of the outsider, the team can begin to rebuild their base of assumptions and change their entire outlook on the problem and its potential solutions.
Bringing in an outside expert to help with innovation and problem solving can drastically shift the climate of your workplace. The existing team will begin to see the problem and potential solutions in a new manner and will begin to question their own assumptions. Bringing in someone with a different background can also add to the knowledge and skill base of the team and lead to a more varied and better list of solutions for the problem. Even after the external consultant leaves, the team will continue to have improved innovation based on their experiences.