There’s this saying that we should be able to boil any concept down to a level that even a five-year old can understand what’s being spoken of. Easier said than done, right? I don’t know about a five-year old but I must confess that I suffer from the much dreaded mother-in-law syndrome when she asks me to explain what I do for a living. I’ve tried many different ways to explain consulting and software to her, but I must say that I’ve drawn nothing but disparaging looks from her almost saying “what a wasted soul”! In contrast, my wife has it easy as all she does is pick up a Mac or an iPhone and tell her that she works in the company that makes these products and my mother-in-law gets it immediately – the fact that my wife works in the company that manufactures a product that my mother-in-law can touch, feel and see makes all the difference!
Ok, I did digress, but the point I wanted to touch upon is: how do you define consulting? Or, for that matter, how do you define software in simple terms that your grandma (or, the MIL in my case) can understand and hug you for doing such a great job! Honestly, I could do with some help here because I’ve tried everything in my arsenal and drawn a complete blank in all these years of being married.
In my last post Different Views on Consulting, I’d promised to share some views of students of Kellogg but I’ll defer that to another post – I want to get some thoughts from you before I start polluting your views. I’d also like to thank those of you who spent time reading my post – while I truly appreciate the same, I’d really like this to be an interactive dialog between us. I’m pretty sure that most of you know more than me and have perspectives that are more profound. We are now in an age where collective knowledge is viewed as wisdom – so, let’s all get wise and start sharing.
Looking forward to a more lively discussion…