I was working as a computer salesman and decided there was an opportunity to sell services instead of hardware. I began giving business advice as well as installing accounting software, and a consulting practice grew. I later was able to move to a small northern community and my business consulting by default became consulting to First Nations clients.
I enjoy the challenge of problem-solving, applying my experience and expertise to business issues – finding a new way – and helping my clients overcome problems. Every challenge is different, and I have been able to acquire a varied experience over many years. But even now, every problem is unique.
When you are a sole practitioner, you always need to keep marketing so you have a client assignment to move to once you have completed the current one. I am not very comfortable with networking and don't do it well, so marketing is a challenge for me.
I have had many satisfying assignments. The ones I like best include an element of knowledge transfer and capacity building, and the best of these have resulted in significant personal growth for my employees or clients.
I have patience with others, and have been told that I am a good teacher as a result. I am able to spot potential and work to bring out this potential in clients, employees and others. I am a mentor.
I would take my Kindle e-reader and its library of hundreds of books, including access to the many thousands of titles I might want to
access in my spare time. And my luxury item would be a solar powered battery charger for the Kindle.
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