In this video Jason and I discuss what I find most satisfying as a consultant. There are many! The freedom the work offers, the variety of problems to solve, deep human interaction and full-brain utilization are among them.
This video is a part of a series of valuable and short videos on consulting done as an interview between Rocco Luongo, founder and coach at GoRocco.Pro and Jason Bell, a seasoned leader with a long career. At the time of this interview, Jason was finishing up his Master’s degree in Organizational Development and exploring options for developing consulting as a next-stage career choice.
In this video Jason and I discuss what I find most satisfying as a consultant. There are many! The freedom the work offers, the variety of problems to solve, deep human interaction and full-brain utilization are among them. However, in this video I centered on learning opportunities. As I develop my clients, I develop myself. I read constantly, and I put that learning into effect in short order with clients. When I find a useful nugget in a book or online, I create a short template for it by re-purposing and modifying an existing template that I already have. I include the key questions and steps directly in the template so that I can implement it effectively. You must be disciplined while doing this. There is only so much new material you should try ‘live’ with a client at once. Too little new stuff and your clients will stagnate. Too much and you risk instability and potentially retrograde motion in your client.
Learn how I shorten my ‘Build it / Test it / Break it / Learn it’ cycle on a daily basis to generate stronger results for my clients as well as building valuable assets into my own company. A full transcript of the video follows:
Jason Bell: What do you what do you find most satisfying about being a consultant?
Rocco Luongo: I learn something every time. It challenges me to summon my energy and get intensely present. It’s not like I only have that to do in my day, meaning having a session. So, just like everybody
else, I have normal aggravations in my life. You know, Oh crap! I didn’t see that bill now that’s overdue. GoDaddy’s calling me about a domain that needs to be redone. I mean I’ve got regular crap in my life that I have to deal with and then, Oh crap! I’ve got to get in for this interview right now / I have to get in for this session, and I can’t carry my load in with them. So being able . . . this has forced me to develop the skill to
summon my energy at will and to get intensely present at will and I think
that’s them that’s one of the most tactical and valuable things that I’ve
learned that I apply throughout my life it’s really improved the relationship with my wife.
RL: We’ll talk later about “don’t coach your Wife.” [Laugh] That’s something that’s an important thing to remember and there’s also an asterisk on the end of it, you can but it you can’t at first. This is a long game.
RL: One of this the more practical things I like best about it is that I get paid to be me. I get to work on me all the time. My job, Tyrion said,
“Brains need books like swords need whetstones. So, my work is literally constantly flowing information through my brain and I love to do it. I love to interact with people. My build it / test it / break it / learn it cycle in this is very fast. I read stuff, I put it into effect, I see how it works with people, I bring it back, I take a new book. So, I closed the
loop on my growth with direct and tangible feedback from the from the real market on a constant basis from many different clients simultaneously so my learning cycle has accelerated dramatically because my iterations are so tight now.
I’m not like reading a book and have a month before I get to test it out. I can read something new and try it out with three people that day and see how valuable it really is and adapt so just just simply accelerating the path of my own growth and then my clients grow.