I read a lot of blogs each day, probably well over 100. Using an aggregator like Bloglines or even the new Google feed reader makes it actually fairly easy. Favorite topics obviously include manufacturing and especially lean manufacturing, but I also peruse technology, local news, general business, libertarian politics, global issues, and even some humor. The differing perspectives and unlikely similarities are sometimes astounding.
Although I occasionally consult, I do not consider myself a consultant. I enjoy playing on the factory floor and helping companies improve, and deep down I will always remain a shop floor grunt. My favorite days are when I see the lightbulb pop on in the head of factory worker when I effectively convey the power and magic of lean. Lean is about people, and I am lucky enough to sometimes be able to purvey knowledge to give people the tools to create excellence. It has literally been years since I wore a tie, and I hope to keep it that way. I try to keep some grime under the fingernails.
But a lot of bloggers are consultants, and lately I have found that there’s one characteristic that is very common among consultants: they feel the need to support their heads with their hands. I’m not quite sure why this is. Do they have weak neck muscles? Are their brains heavier than normal? Is the thinking of great and wondrous thoughts causing a severe migraine?
Perhaps they are simply trying to plug the hole in their heads that has allowed reality to escape. Some have been forced into an existence where they create and sell great concepts, perhaps even trademark various combinations of all-too-common buzz words, but then have to run away in fear when a client asks them to actually implement the wondrous program they just concocted. Anything for a buck, right? After all, consultants have to support their families too.
This admittedly occasional commonality was so intriguing that I began to collect photos of these heavy-headed consultants. A few are posted here, and I apologize to anyone who recognizes themselves.
Of course not all consultants have a problem with heavy heads, a slow leak of reality, or even weak neck muscles. Some do create tremendous value for the organizations they work with. Many organizations simply don’t have the depth or breadth to tackle very serious, complex, or unique business situations without outside help.
But always look for a photo of the consultant. If they feel the need to support their head with their hands, it might behoove you to ask why.