Whether you run your own business or work for a government department, you may need outside advice to help realise your business objectives. This might be because of technology changes, new competitors, federal funding cuts or the onset of a strong growth period.
No matter how intimate you are with your business or organisation, you can’t be an expert in everything. That’s when using the services of a management consultant can really help.
Management consultancy firms are a rich source of talent and expertise in areas like technology, finance, project management, change management, business architecture and HR.
A business is a huge investment of both your time and money. In government, it’s an investment of taxpayer’s time and money. A management consulting firm can help you safeguard that investment now and into the future.
What makes a great management consultant?
How do you go about choosing a management consultant? We’ve compiled a short list of things to consider.
- Reputation. If you’re paying management consultant fees, chances are you’d like to see results. To get an idea of the reputation of a consultancy, ask these questions: Do they have a good track record? Can they show examples of projects they have done in the past? How long they have been in business? What are their online reviews like?
- Services. Different management consultancies will offer different services. If there is a particular area of your organisation that needs attention, for example, technology, make sure the consultancy you choose has the expertise and well-educated staff in this area.
- Specialisations. Some management consultancies specialise in a certain industry or capability, for example, the public sector or change management. A consultancy that specialises in the work you need completing will be better placed to understand where your organisation needs to go and how to get it there.
- Customised advice. Beware of advice that does not suit your circumstances. General pre-packaged plans may not be suited to all organisations. Make sure the plan they propose is realistic, achievable and not just a bunch of buzzwords.
The best management consultants in Canberra
RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 19 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.
To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on RiotACT and Facebook as well as maintaining a minimum average of 4/5 stars on Google.
Challengers at heart, Synergy Group employees are pragmatic explorers seeking to uncover what could be, so it can be. With a strong resolve to deliver success, they pride themselves on collaborating with clients to understand the true potential.
Synergy Group provides real impact and is involved with businesses irrespective of the size and scale. The highly experienced individuals that make up its collective excel in small and large scale transformation. Synergy Group provides an end-to-end, whole-of-life service, from strategic planning to change management, creative, digital technologies, financial management and resourcing.
Synergy Group has a knack for attracting the best talent. Its playful expression of creativity, passion, energy and curiosity inspires the confidence to consistently deliver results.
The team at Synergy Group delivers professional services and solutions, but aim to develop lasting relationships with clients. They see themselves as partners in the never-ending journey of identifying and solving Australia’s most complex challenges.
Its motto? We’re Synergy, Potential Personified.
Professional services firm Rubik3 launched in 2014 with two people. Today, the high-performing company employs more than 100 staff and was named Australia’s number one startup for 2018. Rubik3 also ranked 13th on the Australian Financial Review’s 2018 Fast Starters list, and 56th in its Top 100 Accounting Firms list. Rubik3 delivers services including financial management, project management and ICT sustainability services to government and private sector organisations.
Cordelta helps clients achieve better outcomes by improving the effectiveness of their management, technology and people. It puts clients first by offering value for money, exceeding expectations, building adaptable businesses and developing long-term relationships.
Cordelta’s services include strategy and planning, finance and accounting, procurement, business transformation, technology, project management and business architecture.
Cordelta is the only Canberra firm to make the Best Places to Work list in 2018, reflecting its commitment to its team and culture.
Nearing its twentieth year in business, Nous has seven offices across Australia and the UK, and over 300 employees – with around 40 of those based in Canberra. Its core focus is doing work that makes “a substantial, positive contribution” to clients and their businesses, but also to the customers and communities it serves.
Nous describes its approach as “bold and personalised,” and “flexible, energetic and engaging.” This means its steps outside of the box while maintaining a genuine commitment to listening to its clients’ perspectives and working on their terms.
Nous was named Best Management Consulting Firm by the Australian Financial Review in 2013, 2015 and 2017.
Callida Consulting provides all aspects of management consulting to the public sector. Specialising in government work, Callida’s consultants have the depth and breadth of public sector experience to find innovative and effective solutions to a variety of governmental challenges. They work closely with departmental teams to realise outcomes.
Services include auditing, fraud control, risk management, process automation to increase efficiency and reduce costs, accounting, technology, project management and strategic sourcing.
Callida is on most major government panels.
Your experience with management consultants in Canberra
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