This is the first in a series of spotlights on our consultants in a Q&A format to help you get to know our consultants!
What are the primary skill sets you bring as a consultant?
I have received advanced graduate training in personnel selection, motivation and leadership, research and statistical analysis, employee training and development, organizational development, and work attitudes. I have experience consulting in the areas of management consulting and organizational development, in which I utilized my training to conduct organizational analyses and training needs assessments, along with developing and validating assessments.
What’s your favorite part about being a consultant?
My favorite part about being a consultant is being able to provide clients with quality solutions that will help their organizations thrive. I chose to become an organizational consultant so that I could apply psychological principles to the workplace and drive organizational effectiveness.
What do you see as the number one reason an organization should consider an external consultant?
I feel that the number one reason an organization should consider an external consultant is that external consultants provide organizations with a fresh perspective and objective recommendations.
What do you see as the single largest difficulty organizations face?
I feel that retaining key personnel and ensuring that there is buy in from employees in regards to the overarching organizational goals and culture is such an important piece that organizations should focus on, but that it can also be one of the largest challenges that organizations face.
What fictional organization would you most want to consult for?
Palmer Technologies because Ray Palmer, the CEO, is a man that believes in always doing the right thing. As a consultant, I feel that it is important to understand the values and ethics of the organizations that you work for, so as to ensure a match between their values and yours.
If you were a consulting superhero, what would your power be and how would you use it?
Enhanced awareness (detail intuition) so that I could go into any organization and automatically understand all aspects of the organization on day one.
What do you do outside of work?
Outside of work I am generally doing yoga or reading a good book.
Thanks, Janna! Read more about Janna, and our other awesome consultants, here.