Consultancy

At Vedic Management Center, qualified and experienced professionals identify and investigate areas of concern and recommend long term, profitable  and sustainable solutions to individuals and organizations. 

consultingIn Vedic times, Rishis, Munis and Pandits offered their advice, which was born out of keen perception, knowledge, experience and meditation, to Kings and Emperors. The Rishis, Munis and Pandits also known as sages or seers were the original  gurus in every sense of the word. Not only did they address the issues at hand , but also the root from which the problem originated. For this reason, they held  positions of power in the King’s court and were the intellectuals that guided everything from administration, domestic and international policy to long term strategy. Treaties such as Niti Shastra, and Arthashastra   are read even today.

The Vedic Management Center  in keeping with tradition offers  keen and knowledgeable insights to organizations. The key goal for the center is the sustainable and long term  profitable success for organizations, as they define the welfare of individuals and countries alike.

Professional Consultancy services offered by us at Vedic Management Center encompass a broad range of activities which can be defined by set common characteristic, namely:

  1. Highly Customized Expertise: Our consultancy services are tailored to meet our client needs with with customized services having a high degree of innovation ,expertise and quality.  Knowledgeable in  areas of general management, strategy ,human resources and marketing practice, our consultants offer specialization without compromising on quality..
  2. Confidentiality: The consultancies we offer are provided to clients at personal levels; therefore based on substantial amount of mutual trust and confidence. Credence plays an important role in selection of a consultant. Integrity, trustworthiness and responsibility are key qualities to us.

dotlogo Our Role as Consultants

We consider consulting, essentially, as an art. As a consultant we provide expert services to our clients. We follow a “getting to the root of the problem” approach by:

  • Identifying and investigating problems concerned with strategy, policy, markets, organizations, procedures and methods
  • Formulating recommendations for appropriate action by factual investigation and analysis with due regard for broader management and business implications
  • Discussing and agreeing with the client the most appropriate future course of action
  • Providing assistance where required by the client to implement recommendations

In carrying out these activities, as professional consultants we exercise independence of thought and action, while keeping in mind various perspectives when giving innovative and high quality advice and services.

dotlogo The Art of Consulting

There is a way in which we – as consultants – render our services in a different way depending upon the specific needs of our clients and their own preferences and skills.  The approaches vary according to the main areas in which they are working,our consulting services include but are not limited to:

  1. Strategic Studies: Developing broad strategies and policies and major revisions to organizational structures to meet long term requirements
  2. Systems Development & Change Manegement: Introducing or amending systems and procedures
  3. Problem Solving: Providing solutions to organizational and management issues
  4. Service Provision: The delivery of services such as recruitment, selection and training which could be carried out within the organizations
  5. Process Consulting: We advise and help in process areas such as organization, planning, objective setting, quality management, performance management, team building, conflict resolution and change management

dotlogo Service 

As consultants we don’t follow typical pattern in the service assignments, but in most assignments we do the following consultancy:

  1. Problem Identification: We seek is to understand the assignment, its objective and the terms of reference from our clients. Clients essentially begin with their own description and problem(s). We then confirm those descriptions to obtain essential data on the back ground to assignment and the environment in which it is to take place.
  2. Project Planning: In this process we decide as to what work needs to be done and who is to do it, the timetable, costs involved and methods of monitoring and controlling progress. These preliminary assessments are then further evolved into much more detailed project schedules. This enables us to specify particular service that’ will be delivered at each stage. Planning helps in rendering time bound actions and controlling operations.
  3. Data Collection: The first stage in any assignment is collection of data about the client organization. Data collected can then be related to environment in which it exists, the type of organizations, it objectives, policies, strategies, procedures and workflows. Data is collected through surveys, interviews, meetings and observations. In complex assignments we may make a detailed investigation into the overall situation in which the organization currently dwells, its culture as well as management style. 
  4. Analysis: In the analysis stage, the complex mass of data and information is closely examined to find key elements. Analysis facilitates the orderly arrangement of data into logical patterns, thus promoting understanding and pointing the way to an appropriate diagnosis of the problem. Analysis concentrates on  examination of facts and critical opinions which might be founded on fact. The aim of the analysis will be to provide a precise structure and meaning for the assignment, which will serve as a means of communication and enable those involved to make their judgments within a clearly defined framework.
  5. Diagnosis: In this process we identify the root cause or causes of problems or the real needs of the organization in the area under review. A good diagnosis will be based on rigorous analysis and will establish not only the immediate factors to be taken into account but the long term causes or implications. As far as possible the diagnosis will be specific, but it might be necessary to present a general picture of the context in which the situation has arisen which has promoted the need for action.
  6. Recommendation: The recommendations flow logically from analysis and diagnosis. There will inevitably be alternative solutions or courses of action that can also be evaluated,in conjunctions with clients. This will involve testing alternatives and this is often an interactive process as through further analysis and discussion will be involved in order to make the way forward clearer. 
  7. Feedback: Though the recommendations are formulated jointly with the client, a formal presentation of feedback will be carried out. The feedback may take the shape of a formal document, in a  readable format,or oral presentations with supporting data may be made available.
  8. Implementation: The agreement to go ahead with the recommendation either in whole or with amendment  leads to the preparation of an implementation program that is viable. The program will contain how the consultant will help in the implementation of recommendations.
  9. Followup and Evaluation: There are times when we are sought to follow up the assignment as well. Follow up is necessary to evaluate its impact and make suggestions on any amendments to the original recommendations, this offers a key element of job satisfaction to see how the recommendations have helped the clients.

dotlogo Consultancy Skill

We use our subject expertise, acquired through experiences, on behalf of our clients for ultimately it is the skill with which that expertise is used which differentiates us.

  1. Listening Skills: As effective consultants we listen actively to our clients. As facilitators our role is to gather the ideas from our clients. We elicit information from clients by careful listening. We listen and analyse and interpret the information received from clients. We consider ourselves as catalyst of change.
  2. Communication Skills: We understand the need for good communication skills and the role of effective communication in reflecting, clarifying, interpreting and probing. Reflecting is what makes us as consultants do when we mirror the client’s ideas so that they can be expressed more freshly and objectively. Clarifying is rephrasing the client’s statements so that they become clearer, sharper and more precise. Interpreting requires putting together the implications of several statements. In probing, consultants elicit from their client’s ideas and opinion which the latter may not have expressed, or even be fully aware of.
  3. Motivational Skills: A consultant needs motivational skills to influence the minds of his clients. He should be self-motivated and have a positive mental attitude. He should be willing to adapt to different situations, open-minded and receptive to new thoughts and ideas. We act as a facilitator of change.
  4. Problem Solving Skills: The success of a consultant depends to a great extent on his problem solving skills. As good consultant we have an analytical mind, critical thinking and problem-solving abilities. We are able to understand a problem, analyse and solve it with logistics for implementation in a timely and organized manner.
  5. Decision Making Skills: Another important skill required for successful consultants is the ability to take quick decisions. A consultant must be able to find alternative solutions to a problem to a problem and evaluate these alternatives to arrive at an appropriate solution. He must have expert knowledge regarding the tools and techniques used for managerial decision making.
  6. Human Relation Skills: A consultant has to be client-focused and committed to meeting the needs of clients. He must recognize the client’s needs, must be able to put them at ease while interacting with them, and build trust and respect with clients. Good negotiation skills are extremely necessary while employing the service of personnel in the service delivery process. We try to build teamwork and maintain long-term working relationship with employees.
  7. Time Management Skills: Time is the most valuable resource. Management of time is important for timely implementation of suggestions by clients. The important aspect of time management is defining priorities that is putting first thing first. “Planning your work and working your plans” is the essence of time management. As consultants we help deliver the right services quickly at the place assigned to him and the time that is allotted to him.

dotlogo The Modus-operandi

The duration of our relationship with client depends on the nature and extent of our service rendered as consultants. Our role has direct bearing on our relationship. We’ve the following obligation towards the client which we ensure at all times:

  1. Providing clients with information: We provide information both external and international to our client’s organization. External information relates to aspects such as economic, political and commercial relevant to the clients’ problems. The internal information relates to the client’s own organization, its structure, strengths, and inefficiencies. For this the consultant is up-to-date with the latest knowledge and developments.
  2. Providing clients’ with techniques: We offer practical methods that help clients in achieving desired objectives. These techniques are broadly divided into technical and managerial. When a consultant diagnoses a problem calling for expertise in a particular technical area, he should make it clear to the client that a specialized technical consultant is required. 
  3. Providing clients with Objective Point of View: As consultants we offer an objective and informed point of view when gathering information and conveying opinions to the clients. For us, interest of the client is the foremost priority.
  4. Providing clients with Problem Diagnosis and Recommendation: Among all the consultant-client relationship roles, providing clients with problem diagnosis and recommendation is the most difficult one. This is because the consultant must tell the client what is wrong. What to do and how to do it. There are also chances of disagreement or conflict between consult and client in this respect.
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