By Adam Hilliard, SIOP Blogger
A few weeks ago I had a kickoff at a client site with a project team that included the regional HR staffing director and corporate training manager. In a side conversation, we had an opportunity to talk shop about other projects and they brought up their recent budget planning and how it had always seemed they were jockeying for each other’s slice of the pie.
“How would you distribute our budget percent between our departments, Adam? Are great employees born or made?” This clearly was not a question I thought would bode well for me. When possible, in the world of consulting, you try to deliver win-wins, as every contact is a potential ally down the road. After cracking a few jokes about knowing the limits of my scope and moving on, I gave it some thought on the flight home.