CONSULTANTS WHO LOVE CONSULTING – ROSALYN RUBENSTEIN, MMST, CTDP, CMC
Q1 In brief, describe how you entered the profession of management consulting, or when did you decide that management consulting was a profession that you wanted to enter?
My post-graduate studies focused on an innovative area in my field so there were no jobs at the time I graduated; however, I anticipated a growing demand which could be serviced through consulting. So essentially, I created a job and pioneered a specialized profession. I was the first in my field to combine a CMC with a post-graduate degree in museum studies. Over the years, I’ve branched out across the arts, cultural, and creative sector in Canada and internationally.
Q2 What do you love most about consulting?
I love the opportunity to do ground-breaking work.
Q3 What do you like the least?
Consultants generally like the variety of assignments, working with a wide range of people and organizations as do I. The downside is when I miss the people and organizations that I’ve been working with. A couple of times it’s been very hard to let go. Of course, it’s wonderful to make a difference, to build client capacity to continue the work, and I’ve learned that ultimately, with my best clients and partners, there are new opportunities to work together — successive projects on a larger scale, broadening the impacts for the client, the profession and society.
Q4 What has been your most satisfying engagement and why?
One of my joys is serving as an oral assessor for the CMC designation, to recommend someone for the designation who truly exemplifies what it means to be a CMC — a leader.
Q5 What personality trait has helped you the most in your career?
Q6 Finally, if you were stranded on a desert island - What is one book and one luxury item you would take with you?
I have a small blank notebook with a pen attached — I would love a larger version to write the next draft of a book. The luxury item would be a glass of champagne to celebrate when the draft is finished. So, I’m thinking of this as more of a writing retreat than being stranded.
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