Trimming fat without effort

Organizations that have grown to become stale, slow, and inefficient also want to become faster, leaner, and more flexible. Cue the Consultant.

Most people considers hiring personal trainers in January of all months, after not keeping urges and splurges in check over the festive season. So after irresponsible spending, it’s time to spend wisely on getting “back in shape”.

One common challenge personal trainers face when training clients is that clients struggle to really accept the hard work and that changing habits is really necessary. And for anyone inclined to search for evidence that getting off lightly with a quick fix is likely to find an abundance of support in anecdotal evidence, you can look here and here.

The desire to become leaner, faster, and more energized has a direct parallel to management consulting. Organizations that have grown to become stale, slow, and inefficient also want to become faster, leaner, and more flexible. Cue the Consultant.

An even more striking and pronounced similarity is the frequently expressed view of “just how little can I get by with and still get all the benefits?” “I’m ok with everyone needing practice; but how little do I have to do?”

We sometimes recognize this as the Personal Trainer Paradox; you end up paying for a service of your choice; but seek to avoid most of the actions and activities needed to achieve the goals.

Consider
Are you looking for a quick fix or are you prepared to put in the hard work needed to become more lean and agile?

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