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We are talking about consultants here. They get hired for a job and are supposed to do it well. I have hired guys to do stuff that would be needed in case another idea didn’t work out. They did a good job and were appreciated for it but their work got thrown out. I still would hire them again because they did a good job.

I don’t really want a consultant who just came in and thinks he understands the whole situation. As consultant you should do the job you were hired for really well. You can make suggestions but in the end you should assume that the people who hired you know what they are doing until clearly proven otherwise.

It seems as though you are a client and not a consultant, which gives us a little bit of charity when trying to understand why you appear to be utterly clueless about how to be a great consultant.

Answer: you're not a sociopathic consultant, just a client who sees the hired help as a commodity chattel. That's you're perogative, but if you woke up today willing to be humbled, what you haven't realized is that by definition, you're working with below-average consultants who only care that you pay them.

The optimism is that an entirely wonderful future is possible if you accept that you just might be doing it all wrong.

This discussion is getting way out of hand and I really don't like your tone (“humbled” “sociopath” “clueless”) but do you really disagree that as consultant you should be doing what you are hired to do first? If you have been hired to give business advice do that. If you have been hired to do coding do that. Why would anyone listen to you if you haven’t demonstrated some ability and also have learned something about the business that has hired you?

Probably a designer. Gets asked to design a banner ad and ends up trying to rebrand the entire company.

On a serious note it took me a long time to understand that some clients do only want you to execute and do not want you to provide a more holistic professional assessment at every stage.

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