“Early and ugly” – an oldie but goodie

Andrea Howe
Category : Client relationships October 2, 2007

This appeared in BossaNova’s 2006 summer newsletter, and it bears repeating.

“Early and ugly” is what a prized client said he wanted from his consulting firm. “Our very senior client was telling us he didn’t want to wait weeks or months for a polished deliverable; he wanted to be part of the action every step of the way,” reports Wayne Simmons, managing partner of ICOR Partners , a strategic management consulting firm servicing the public sector. “We were happy to hear it because that’s exactly how we like to work,” he added.

What a great reminder that not only is it OK to be “messy” with our clients, it’s often what they prefer. The Recovering Perfectionist in me needs this reminder repeatedly.

How messy do you dare to be?

Originally published by BossaNova Consulting Group, Inc.
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Andrea Howe

Andrea Howe

As the founder of The Get Real Project, I am the steward of our vision and our service offerings, as well as a workshop leader and keynote speaker. Above all else, I am an entrepreneur on a mission: to kick conventional business wisdom to the curb and transform how people work together as a result. I am also the co-author, with Charles H. Green, of The Trusted Advisor Fieldbook (Wiley, 2012).

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