It hovers over the Administration, which hasn't reached the 100-day milestone, like the cruel gods of ancient Greek mythology. They observed the machinations of mankind and smirked. When Zeus had had enough he threw a thunderbolt.
A second setback could happen - soon. That will resonate like a Zeus thunderbolt
That second event would be the failure of Neil Gorsuch to be confirmed as a justice for the U.S. Supreme Court.
Not that Trump Administration couldn't pull off a victory. A recent development is that two Democrat senators, up for re-election in Trump territory, have indicated they support Gorsuch. They are West Virginia's Joe Manchia and North Dakota's Heidi Heitkamp. But the confirmation would require six more Democrat supporters.
A second defeat could increase what some declare is already hardening inside the beltway. That's "policy paralysis."
That might put management consultants, who focus on advising government, in a pickle.
How do they guide government agencies to both operate on a daily basis and comply to the letter and spirit of what will emerge from the Administration's mission to incorporate the best practices of business and technology in government?
What might make the Trump initiative especially challenging is that a rookie (D.C. bites down hard and spits out amateurs) has been appointed to head the reform. That's Donald Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner.
Not long ago, I parachuted in to do ghostwriting for executive-bylined material for the Deloitte Center for Government Insights. From the get-go the professional experience with that new unit of Deloitte was negative for me. That's how I perceived it. Just one opinion, of course.
I billed the Deloitte Center for Government Insights for 2.5 hours. I was paid promptly via Paypal. And I took the exit ramp.
But I remain curious what kinds of actionable recommendations the thought leadership at the Center will make. Would the gods of ancient Greek be equally amused at what management consultants are struggling to do in these odd times?
Although management consulting is a growth industry, it is facing fresh challenges. As with BigLaw, those include pricing, brand identity and how to compete at the high end. In addition, there is the issue of possibly creating niches at the low-end by providing commodity-type services.
Perhaps management consulting firms will have to bring in executive coaches to help them position and package themselves for a changing business landscape.
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