University Business - December 2008 - (Page 41)

Working with Consultants: Look Before You Leap Needs assessment and careful selection are the keys to a successful consulting relationship. By Barbara Kaufman any higher education institutions rely on external consultants not only for advice but also for help in diagnosing and developing strategies related to common and uncommon challenges in a whole host of areas—such as compensation, leadership development, enrollment, labor relations, strategic planning, technology, capital planning, and succession planning. ideally, a consultant brings a fresh perspective, best practices from other ihes, problem-solving skills, and cost-effective ways of managing the college or university’s resources. That description paints a rosy picture. But unless institutional leaders assess their needs clearly and choose consultants wisely, the experience can be an exercise in futility. December 2008 | 41 M

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of University Business - December 2008

University Business - December 2008
Editor's Note
College Index
Company Index
Advisory Board
Behind the News
Sense of Place
Human Resources
2009 Annual Directory to Financial Services
Future Shock
Independent Outlook
Endowment Management
Look Before You Leap
50 Best Branding Ideas
Remedial Nation
What's New
Facilities Focus
End Note

University Business - December 2008