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How to bring in the right consultant to do the right work the right way. What if the next consultant you hired came with an instruction manual filled with strategies to maximize your end of the relationship? That's exactly what this pocket guide is - a practical how-to guide to taking full advantage of what the right consultant can provide. 'Manager's Pocket Guide to Using Consultants' packs into one concise book information it would take you years of trial-and-error to learn on your own. In eight chapters, it will help you think through and execute all the important decisions when using consultants, like how to: Select the right consultant; Establish the relationship; Work side by side with your consultant; Evaluate outcomes and make adjustments; Maximize the consultant's contributions as change agent, advocate and mentor; Avoid consulting dangers, pitfalls and traps; Debunk myths and evaluate best practices; Your role as manager in making it all work. Anyone using or thinking about using consultants will appreciate this advice - including CEOs, vice presidents, managing directors and others responsible for delivering results. The author has worked inside organizations as a client, externally as a consultant and has helped many other consultants raise their game. If you want a unique 360-degree view that's right on-target, this book's for you.

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