This ’Guide to Professional Development’ has been designed specifically to outline a process by which MCA member firms can uphold the three Principles under the Professional Development Pillar of Consulting Excellence.
Using questions and exemplars, this Guide acts as a diagnostic tool to enable those responsible for professional development in consulting firms to assess how they are meeting their commitments to professional and career development under the Professional Development Pillar of Consulting Excellence.
It outlines a professional development process that members can use to identify a curriculum and development pathway unique to their consulting firm based on their intended position in the market, their target sectors and their brand values.
The Guide also helps member firms to support other Consulting Excellence Principles.
It enables firms to identify the critical skills and behaviours required of their consultants to provide excellent consulting services that deliver the outcomes clients seek and need (Principle 4). It outlines a strategy for consultants to define, learn, practise and develop new and existing skills to better respond to changing client needs and concerns (Principle 5) and, by enabling firms to benchmark their current professional development activities, the guide will help those firms who are committed to improving the value they can deliver to clients (Principle 6).
As the consulting industry adapts to meet new client needs and expand into new service areas, it is vital that firms identify, strengthen and promote good practice in professional development. Developing the core consulting skills and qualities that enable firms to continue to deliver value to clients and the wider economy is crucial and this guide should provide a tool for firms to diagnose their current situation and help them plan for the future.