Have you ever heard the expression, “…can’t see the forest for the trees…?” When you’re in the middle of a problem, especially as a leader or manager of an organization, it’s hard for you to see all the sides of the issue and approach the possible solutions from an objective viewpoint. Unfortunately, you have a horse in the race. A problem solving consultant doesn’t have those restrictions. The consultant you hire comes in with a fresh perspective and no preconceived notions. The professional consultant will do the homework to get a sense of what the issues are and will know after talking with you what the effect is on the bottom line of the organization. After all, that’s really what’s at the heart of solving problems, isn’t it? When problems arise that affect the profit margin or bottom line they truly become threats to the organization’s future. As the leader of the small business, are you really prepared to fire Aunt Nellie’s nephew? But if a professional consultant lays out the facts and shows the impact upon Aunt Nellie’s dividend payment won’t that make it easier for you to implement the solutions? The same thing holds true for larger businesses and corporations. Hard decisions may be needed to protect the dividend payments to stockholders and insure the profitability of the corporation. Are you prepared to face the firing line when asked who’s responsible for the problems and why do they keep happening? You will be — if you’ve made use of the skills and talents of a professional problem solving consultant.