How important is professional development in the success of a consultant? I tend to learn a lot through client work. Isn't that enough?
There's a fable about a strong woodcutter who was determined to be the best. The first day on the job, he cut down 15 trees. He and his boss were excited about his success, and the woodcutter was determined to try harder the next day.
But the next day he only cut down 10 trees, and the next day only 7 trees. He feared he was losing his strength, and couldn't understand what was happening. He was asked "When was the last time you sharpened your ax?"
"Sharpen? Who has time to sharpen their ax? I've been too busy trying to cut down trees." Are YOU too busy cutting down trees? How do you keep yourself sharp? Sharpening your skills from time to time is the key to success.
Keep learning and stay educated on what's going on in consulting and your industry niche (if applicable). Business basics change as well as technologies. Learning new things can help keep your business going with fresh ideas and new perspectives.
IMC Academy offers webinars on a variety of topics. They are cost effective and easy to attend. The next one is January 29th - click on the title to learn more. When Prospects Go Silent