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Consulting Maxims for Co-creating Sustainable Futures

This article provides practical insights and experiences on universal consulting maxims for co-creating sustainable futures. For many years, Western cultural and educational traditions led to a view that consultants are experts and solution-providers. In recent years, this mind-set has shifted towards more collaborative and transformational approaches, especially amongst Western Organisation Development (‘OD’) practitioners, and those senior leaders interested in transforming their organisations. In the experience of the authors, the perception of the consultant as an expert solution-provider continues to linger, particularly in Africa and the Middle-East. Using case studies from our OD consulting practices, the authors emphasise practical techniques for transformational consulting during unsettled times, and illustrate the universality of a more collaborative and transformational approach to address organisation issues world-wide. The distinctive qualities evident in these maxims include collaborative engagement and co-creation of interventions...

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