I can't give no straight answer to that. The quality of the consultants is variable. My experience is that they don't have all the right mindset: what's the best for the customer.
Again, it depends on who they are and what is their value proposition. If they come into your business to tell you what you have already known and ask to get paid, then the answer is NO.
If you come into your business and provide you with that which you do not know or that which you do not know that you do not know, the answer can possibly be a YES.
If the flap of a butterfly’s wings in Brazil can set off a tornado in Texas then even a consultant can change the world.
Yes if they are smart, pragmatic, get the trust of their client and get empowered by him... If not as french says they are seen as engineering "gas machines" ...
I like to define the 3 types of different help that entrepreneurs need:
Consultants: you hire to do the "work together" (ie.. website development, blog set-up).
Coaches: help you to do the work you need to work on to reach your goals. ("you do the work")
Mentors: share with you what they have done that works!
Fact: people and businesses grow and get the results when they make a commitment and then have someone to hold them accountable to their commitments.
"Commitment & Accountability" can change the world!
I would certainly agree that this is Fact. As many of the others have stated, Its all about the consultant to client relationship that is developed. Partnership and working together is key. It is truly a team effort as the consultant lends his or her expertise to the client who is seeking to make their vision a reality. As someone once told me, there is no I in T.E.A.M and Together we can achieve more!
I would say that the more you set out to change the world, the less likely you are to do so. Those cited in posts here who actually changed the world, that was not their intention, it was only noted after the fact. Their goal was to give good advice to the person they were working with.
Many people who have set out to change the world have become real tyrants. "Because my goals are so laudable, any means is justified, and my personal foibles should be overlooked." This applies to people from Mao Tse Tung to Julian Assange, the Wiki-Leaks guy who's trying to weasel out of rape charges.
It goes back to the cliché, "Think globally, act locally." You can be thinking about the large-scale impact of your activities, but you need to focus on the task at hand that you can actually affect.
“On an unknown tombstone at Westminster Abbey, someone wrote this:
“When I was a young man, I wanted to change the world.
I found it was difficult to change the world, so I tried to change my nation. When I found I couldn’t change the nation, I began to focus on my town. I couldn’t change the town and as an older man, I tried to change my family.
Now, as an old man, I realize the only thing I can change is myself, and suddenly I realize that if long ago I had changed myself, I could have made an impact on my family. My family and I could have made an impact on our town. Their impact could have changed the nation and I could indeed have changed the world. “
I heard that we may touch 10,000 people in our life time. My view is...as a consultant I can help change one person at a time and in turn this may change thousands of other lives.
Absolutely, as long a they and the client work together. Many times the reason a consultant or coach is not successful is the point that the client did not want to truly make the adjustments necessary for success or did not follow through over time to see the plan through.