Business Consulting

In Chasing Consulting Performance, 1 Thing Matters: Ability to Shape the Future – Not the Past – Reliably and Accurately

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Many business consultants are over-learnt specialists because they became captives of repetitive patterns of what has been experienced in the past; entrenched in their own beliefs and methods that they lose peripheral vision.

The future takes conversation, exploration, and questioning assumptions. Ideas grow from mere floating particles in the stream of talk, they rarely grow from lofty titles, pure data or a rigid business language alone. The Seven Wise Men is proven to contain, diffuse, and mold uncertainty.

In business consulting, we focus exclusively on providing strategic business plans in a variety of sectors. You can think of it as a race car driver who knows best how the car’s weight shifts under braking or around a corner in order to accelerate earlier than the rest. Another way is to consider a skilled hunter who shoots where the target is going to be in a split second, instead of where it was in the past as most others do.

Comparative tendencies in planning for the future

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– Innate versatility to deal well with the unknown– Innate dislike for uncertainty
– Universal but localized solutions– “One-solution-fits-all”
– Some of the most advanced quantitative and qualitative analytical and planning tools– Despite advances in technologies, forecasting and long-term planning are no more accurate now than a decade ago because of lack of understanding of qualitative factors
– We are more concerned with any innovation’s utility to create genuine and permanent new value – Others often equate creativity with innovation for innovation’s sake to justify big time spending and wasteful behaviours without creating real and permanent value
– Independent and objective perspective to express own point of view and cross-check findings– Innate inclination to toe-the-line and conform to others for most of the time
– Thorough understanding of qualitative factors that have the most bearing on events– Quasi-disregard of qualitative factors
– Can predict directional changes and amplitudes– Can predict directional changes but not amplitudes
– The closest thing to reality; error margin rarely exceeds 10% (in case of seasonal fluctuations)– Accuracy is only slightly higher than projections that are based on the previous year’s trends.
– Rarely miss periods of high growth, sudden changes of direction, shocks and contractions– Often miss periods of rapid growth, abrupt changes of directions, shocks and contractions
– Ability to integrate broad events because our world is complex, interconnected, vulnerable yet robust, and rapidly changing– Think they have it all figured out through narrow-minded expertise
– The courage and capacity to transform an unknown into a chance to veer into an entirely new and unexpected direction– Least likely to achieve breakthroughs due to rigid thinking and fear of exchanging ideas and illusions of having control
– View innovation from the context of tradition because nothing is new but the arranging. Innovation is gradual and steady progress– View every meaningless and insignificant tweak or change as disruptive and revolutionary to justify big time spending and wasteful behaviour
– Set new trends at a fraction of the time and many times to quality of work and ROI– Lose sight of the Bigger Picture to become an “Also-ran” at exorbitant costs
– Data-driven but data has its limitations. It tells half of a story. The other half is often the money-maker– Fixated about data-driven decision-making which leads to reality-detachment and projecting the past onto the future
– Humility and confidence that back statements with proven track records – Meltdown-inducing over-confidence

Key advantages set us apart:

1. Businesses hire us for the future, not for the past

The Seven Wise Men looks at broad measures of success that include financial outcomes (such as net margins and shareholder wealth) and non-financial results (say, readiness to change attitudes, improved conditions and motivation to push the limits etc.). Within our scope of work, we assist you to rewire and repurpose the business so that it delivers on purpose and profit. Our team believes that technologies and profits are essential, but the former becomes obsolete very quickly and the latter follows the laws of diminishing returns. Soft knowledge and resources are more durable powers that have continuously uplifting and restorative effects.

2. Speed, quality of work and ROI

We are successful problem-solvers specializing in figuring out the deep structure of any problem you might be facing before proceeding to match a strategy to it, rather than mentally classifying a problem only by superficial and overtly-stated features. We don’t just jump right in with memorized procedures, even if such procedures have proven effective in the past in specific circumstances. Such “one-fit-all” solutions simply may not apply in your circumstances and environments. Our team consists of broad thinkers who can figure out the fundamental questions to ask, and ask questions of the specialists who actually do know their stuff.

3. Accurate business forecasts

To build the sharpest picture of future markets and events, our forecasters:

– Pay attention to the underlying socio-cultural behaviors other than their own idiosyncrasies and cultural superiority
– Correlate Cause/Effect relationships objectively
– Understand how targets react to stimulants
– Have critical minds
– Use the right tools and weights
– Humility to not project a false sense of misleading confidence

In a World of Promises, We Deliver Actions and Results

It often happens that a professional is incredibly successful when part of a well-established and well-oiled organization where success has already been proven. But, as soon as he or she moves on to a less stable environment (say, launch a new business program from scratch, face an unknown, or switch to a more volatile environment), the same consultant fails to display a remotely equal level of leadership, effectiveness and achievement.

Often, if one is too much of a specialist, it’s hard to for him or her to get a good perspective of things. Faced with uncertainty, the single-mindedness of experts reinforces the exact wrong lessons and wrong actions because experts are too worried to lose their illusions of control, to admit mistakes, to share ideas or to face uncertainty; of which the future is all about. That’s why experts can actually become worse with experience while acquiring meltdown-inducing over-confidence.

Experience leads to skill only in structured and stable domains and controlled-environments where patterns tend to repeat themselves. In other words, specialists thrive only when they face predictable situations of the sort: “this problem is probably like the one we faced last time, so extensive narrow experience works”. Hard-core rational people tend to promptly lose purpose and direction in uncertain environments or when they face ill-defined new challenges.

If a business consultant can’t build its own strong brand, how could they possibly do a better job handling other peoples’ businesses?

The Seven Wise Men is a quality-oriented service provider. To us, anything worth doing is absolutely worth doing right the first time. Our team focuses exclusively on developing strategic business plans. Our service range doesn’t include ancillary functions as accounting and auditing, new business setup, ISO certification, financial analysis and human resources recruitment and training, or any other tasks. While these are important tools and services, we are a definitive consulting business, working to help you create a strong brand and efficient company.

In contrast to hard-core technocrats, The Seven Wise Men understands that qualitative in addition to qualitative factors are the starting point to creating change and that all are elements of a much bigger picture. Where hardened rationalists struggle to appreciate and to balance the common purpose between overall corporate goals (on a macro level) and individual subtleties and needs (micro-level behaviours), our team of lateral thinkers thrive – the Future is mostly about Uncertainty, which we are well equipped to diffuse and contain. The future takes conversation, exploration, and questioning assumptions. Ideas grow from mere floating particles in the stream of talk.The unknown stimulates The Seven Wise Men’s capabilities to produce new programs. We don’t see the future as an unknown but rather as a mother lode of information to process and turn it into certainty. The unknown future stimulates a release from conventionality.We too believe in the “10,000-hours-to-expertise”, “Data-Driven-anything” and “Deliberate practice and repeated performance of the same task” until reactions become natural like muscle memory. But that code has its limits for us because purely data-driven decision-making leads to project the past onto the future and leads to reality-detachment.

Our team is proven in promptly assisting businesses reach the next levels of performance: transform a top company into a top brand, or turn a moderately-profitable firm into a highly-profitable entity. These are the key components we first look at in a management strategy:

Excellence At Implementing Quality Management

The Seven Wise Men’s approach to implementing total quality management systems and good corporate governance starts one month after our involvement; this has been proven with more than 105 businesses. Our team consists of top business consultants in Dubai who can make an instant impact in these functional areas:

– Organization development
– Operations
management
– Change management
– Management-By-Objectives (MBO)
– Performance measurement systems (PMS)
– Internal relations
– Total Quality Management (TQM)
– Activity chain analsyses
– Reward and accountability
– Business audit
– Risk prevention and management
– Supply chain optimization
– The Balanced Scorecard (BSC)
– Management Information Systems (MIS)
– Production management
– Digital trasnformation (business models)
– Cost reduction programs
– Asset utilization
– Value chain analysis
– Management control systems
– Integration of business processes
– Analyses of non-financial performances
– Efficient use of labour, capital and technical resources
– Business planning, organizing, staffing and leading

A Most Effective Process

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Step 1 Situation assessment

We evaluate each department’s performance against potential, as well as workflows inside and in between divisions and people. Our assessments touch upon these key elements at first.

Step 2 Data analysis

We collect data and insights from inside and outside the company, allowing us to measure current performances against potentials and benchmarks.

Step 3 Master planning

Before we begin work on a project, The Seven Wise Men ensures that ideas are carefully validated, and plans are well developed.

We align needs across a company’s different divisions and people in order to eliminate bottlenecks, gaps and leaks. These are some of the most stealthy problems within a company, across the board. We set overall objectives and sub-goals, suggest ways to re-engineer and improve processes. A master-plan and detailed plans are put in place to delimit every individual’s tasks, actions, timetables and controls that eventually contribute to reach an all-encompassing goal.

Step 4 Execution of solutions

Since visions and business plans don’t go a long way without successful execution, we put in place all of the right mechanisms, processes and structures, and could manage execution to guarantee results.

Proven to Deliver Prompt Results

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Expertise, clarity of mind, and commitment set us apart from the rest – This is exemplified by our past achievements, while we still retain humility and confidence. We successfully work side-by-side with your team to involve everyone, earning their trust and support.

The Seven Wise Men’s approach guarantees to break down complex challenges into their simpler elements, put things into perspective, and customize solutions accordingly. More about the things that set us apart:

– Accurate data– Reliability and confidence– A well-grounded team
– Thought leadership– Perseverance– A clear purpose
– Integration of business processes– Multi-cultural understanding– Performance-based fees*

The Seven Wise Men’s management consultants in Dubai work side-by-side with your staffs to smoothly and systematically win their trust and support. When success happens dozens of times, that’s no accident, that’s a proven system.