This Is How Traveling Can Inspire You To Become Better At Consulting
Most of us really enjoy taking a vacation. We often plan our time off around it and look forward to exploring a new place. It keeps us going through our jobs or school. If there is one thing I can think of that really helps a person grow personally and professionally, it is traveling.
I am sure most people are aware of the benefits that come with traveling. We often discover that it opens up new horizons. Downtime increases creativity. Moreover, meeting new people and learning about new cultures is exciting. We gather new fascinating stories to tell our friends and family. We take the perfect pictures to share on social media and bring home souvenirs for memories.
All these mentioned above are the obvious benefits of traveling. From a business perspective, the process of traveling is surprisingly similar to the process of consulting. If the whole process of venturing out to a new place is broken down into steps and concepts, it is surprisingly similar to how a consultant would approach a problem.
The process of traveling starts from the inception to design and then leads to execution. For instance, we often begin by brainstorming where we want to go. Further, we start looking at tickets and hotels to search for the best deals that would align with our budget. We plan our schedule and allocate time accordingly. When we start our journey, we often get into things we do not expect such as flight delays or cancellations. Such situations lead to developing alternative plans. Once we get to our destination, we need to figure out how to navigate. While going through these steps, we exercise many problem-solving strategies without even realizing.
Here are some of the concepts that apply to both consulting and traveling
ROI - Is the gain more significant than your cost? Is the cost something you can endure at the time. How beneficial will the return be? Is expanding your horizons and venturing into the unknown helpful to you right now?
Go in with an open mind - Start with considering all the possibilities and prepare for new experiences and learning opportunities. Embrace experiences outside of your comfort zones. Also, predict the possible obstacles.
Incentive alignment - Clearly identify what it is that you want to achieve. Moreover, reaching a balance between adventure and risk. Thoroughly think about the risks associated. Talk to people who have the expertise and connect with new people despite any differences.
Do the research - Gather all information that would facilitate the decision-making process. Navigate into the unknown and gather information for all types of scenarios. In addition, seek expert advice on matters that are uncertain.
Find solutions that would work best - Be curious about possible scenarios. Analyse all the scenarios and combine the ones that would work best.
Budget allocation - Practice flexibility and predict miscellaneous costs. The goal is to prepare the budget with the highest accuracy.
Time management - Make sure that everything can be done at the right time. Is the time right to take the step? Which part should be prioritized and how has time been allocated before in similar situations.
Alternative strategies - Observe and foresee potential problems. Determine what the alternative approach could be and how damage control can be done when needed.
Encountering problems - You might face a problem midway and change your plans and deviate from the schedule. Are there any buffer zones? Would a delay cause an increase in cost way beyond the what is in your budget?
Practice judgment calls - Ask questions. If the plan goes off schedule, then make judgment calls for damage control. Make the best out of the situation and ask for help.
Implement trial and error - If you are trying something new, be prepared to fail. Take your chances with new ideas. Navigate into foreign territories. Look at concepts and scenarios from other people's perspective.
Learn from your mistakes - Ask for feedback, look at problems as exciting challenges that can be resolved rather than as obstacles. Be proud of things that have gone right.
Future reference - Use each step as future references and share your experiences with others so they can learn from the mistakes.
Realize your potential - Learn about your potential and skills you never knew you had. Realizations help you face the future more prepared.
Next time you plan your trip, take a closer look at the entire process. During your consulting process use your experiences as analogies. Travelling is the ultimate confidence booster and helps you be a smart risk taker. Most importantly different experience will make us flexible and more adaptable to various situations.
Lastly, travelling helps us appreciate our comfort zones more and leads us to be more grateful of things we take for granted.