11 sure things that distinguish a consulting business from a corporate:
- Meeting the boss does not require a six week wait for a ten minute speed date (he’s sitting next to you)
- IT Support are people that help, not an adversarial enemy
- Reconciling monthly expenses does not require a degree in accountancy and/or computer science
- Induction is a coffee-centric experience, not an agonising process of bureaucratic indoctrination
- Attendance of a board meeting is not prefaced by the submission of a hundred page report (that nobody reads)
- If you have to ask about the building’s seismic rating, you probably shouldn’t
- Proudly displaying a gifted bottle of hard liquor on your desk will not create an HR incident
- Any internal email can be supported by the inclusion of a relevant LOL Cat, actually it’s kind of expected
- A row of empty desks in the office is a good thing – it means consultants are on site with clients
- The office kitchen is so small you have to step out of it to open the fridge (…and yet the staff bar is cavernous)
- The office dog is actually a dog (Bowie).
*Eamon O’Rourke has recently completed a three-years-brief tour of duty in corporate New Zealand and is still in a daily state of wondrous amazement at the radically different culture of big versus small.