Organisations have in the past believed that if they wanted access to thought leadership, innovation, expertise and knowledge then the natural course of action was to work with one of the larger consulting or service provider firms. However, this also often brought with it traditional monolithic behaviours, that stifled innovation and entrepreneurship, exactly what they were being expected to bring to their clients.
New models are now emerging in the market which provide organisations with access to the experience, knowledge and innovation they desire, but with entrepreneurial agility and flexibility, to architect up to the minute solutions in the fast-moving world we now live in.
Small organisations are forming themselves into innovative co-working structures, which can provide client organisations with access to the same level of knowledge, expertise and innovation that was previously the domain of larger consulting practices, but with the added freedom and flexibility to bring in other capabilities as and when required to create appropriate, timely, high value outcomes for clients.
Co-working structures such as the Orielton-Network, set up to offer consulting in the health sector and; the Caja group in the public and higher education sectors are leading the way in bringing together experienced individuals along with entrepreneurial small organisations to offer clients a viable and value for money alternative.
Consulting can still add real value to clients, but agility and flexibility are now critical to stay ahead of the game.