Advice and Commentary on the World of Professional Consulting


Consulting can be an odd business. Most consultants can actually do more than one thing to make money and do them pretty well. Most of us gear ourselves towards that one thing we were pretty good at when we worked for someone else and try to market that, while others decide that they had a dream that they wanted to work towards and go in that direction.

The members of the Professional Consultants Association of Central New York already know about this so we’re putting it out to everyone else. Something the board of directors has been working on that we feel is important for the ethics we hope to project for our members is a certification process. Our belief is that earning a certification shows that your peers believe you to be top notch and ethical and worthy of something more than just calling yourself a consultant.

At the last Professional Consultants Association of Central New York meeting on April 12th, our presenter, Levi Spires, talked about his goal of trying to get elected to the New York State legislature and how he used technology to try to accomplish that goal. Even though he was unsuccessful in his bid, he wasn’t far off while running against a 20-year incumbent, and felt that using the new tools available to him helped get him closer to his goal than trying to run a traditional campaign.

In February, we had Jill Hurst-Wahl of Syracuse University and Hurst Associates give a presentation to the Professional Consultants Association of Central New York on the topic of learning how to find trustworthy information online. As consultants, it’s important for us to have the right information when we talk to clients, and yet there’s so much information that it can get confusing.

Last April the Professional Consultant’s Association of Central New York had a presentation on the topic of ethics presented by Arnie Poltensen, and it was a pretty powerful conversation. On the surface, everyone seems to have the same personal ethics, and yet once the discussions began, we started to realize that based on background and history and experiences not everyone sees those ethics in the same way.