The Use of Consultants: The Mind of a Leader 1 (Enhanced DVD)
It's important for business leaders to get a fresh perspective from time to time, as new challenges force them to think outside of the box.
This need for new insights was something that Niccolo Machiavelli understood, but in Chapter 12 of his seminal work, The Prince, his opinion of seeking this insight externally is far from positive. In this video, part of an enlightening series called The Mind of a Leader, a diverse array of business leaders examine how Machiavelli's views contrast with the modern trend to bringing in outside consultants to generate new ideas.
From restaurant manager Friedrich Mutter to Body Shop founder Dame Anita Roddick, and including further analysis from Jørgen Vig Knudstorp, Lars Håkanson, Katie Ford, Larry Flynt, and Jim Buckmaster, the pros and cons of external consultants are weighed by this expert group. When viewed in the light of Machiavelli's statement that a leader "should always command the army himself," the role of consultants faces a stiff examination that will inform and entertain any viewer with the ambition to learn how to lead.