Decision makers that don't trust their judgement
Here is an observation I've made not so long ago. In large stale companies whenever there is a problem, the least trusted are solutions from the internal people who actually know the details and are in the best position to come up with a solution.
I'm not so sure you can lump people who don't trust their judgement into such a category. If you're unsure of something, it means you don't have enough information. That may not mean you have the time or resources to get such information.
"and then relate the very same solutions to the management"
A consultant drives along the road and is suddenly stopped by a herd of sheep. He steps out of his car and decides to make the approaching shepherd an offer: "I can tell you exactly how many sheep you have!" - "Really?!" - "Yes! And I ask only for a small fee!" - "How much?" - "Just one of your sheep." - "Ok!" The consultant gets his laptop, and starts hacking in facts and figures. After one hour of work he presents his results: "You have 314 sheep!" - "Amazing ... Ok, you can pick one of the sheep by yourself!" While the consultants picks one, the shepherd says: "Hey, I've got a game for you, too!" - "What is it?" - "I think I can tell what your profession is!" - "Ok ... so what is my profession?" - "You're a consultant!" - "What ... how did you guess?" - "Well, (a) you came when no one asked for you, (b) you told me something I already knew, and (c) ... I want my watchdog back!"
This has nothing to do with not trusting their own judgement and everything to do with covering their ass.
so much for cunning
Welcome to management theory. As you observe, some organisations have a culture that can be described as risk-averse. Their decision making is characterised by fear of making a mistake and being held accountable for it. This is not necessarily bad. It works in many public organisations, which are not meant to be doing weird things.
Well, it is not just the ass covering thing. Sometimes a decision has to be made, and a manager will be sort of resposible for it. Even if it came from a reputable consultant. Still, the internal people are rarely trusted.
I have rarely seen managers held accountable for "bad decisions". Have you?
Well.. I am a free lance consultant. Yes, I am normally hired when local personnel is not capable of doing what I do in the required timeframe or using the technology or skills needed to achive something practically. And yes, normally people like me pop up in a 'troubled' places most of the time due to incompetant management. And yes, we (consultants) are dispiced by local folks which is quite understandable - we take thier 'interesting' jobs and insult their feelings leaving them helpless in the realm of the management they happened to land. But, and this is a big but.. in a numerous places I worked so far, there was no one who would 'give a f..k' about work as much as I do. Either because these places are 'troubled' as I said earlier, or the software management guys are such a useless bunch that they can't even hire proper people to do the job.
You must be a newcomer to the employment world. If this was anytime prior to the last 3 years I would have said quit and become a contractor/consultant and milk mismanagement.
Risk averse cultures always suck, public or private sector. Things only get changed when people take risks. Change is good.
Well, from my perception, there are two kinds of consultant gigs
Reminds me of this classic JOS article:
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