“On the Beach”
I was at a neighborhood gathering and one of the neighbors asked “You been going fishing a lot lately did you get laid off? No, I am my A-Team consulting firm’s most Senior A-Team consultant that is “on the beach” right now. “On the beach” is the term used by consulting firms when one of their consultants has completed their last client’s engagement but has not started their next client’s engagement.
When I am on the beach; I enjoy time with my family, go fishing with my friends, stroll into town for some good times and reflect on my last client’s engagement to make improvements to firm’s A-Team Methodology so my next client’s engagement will be my firm’s best engagement. I have a life that I enjoy, work that I enjoy and my optimal life/work balance.
One Consultant A-Team Consulting Firm
The neighbor asked, “what is A-Team consulting?” A-Team consulting firms start their client’s engagement with one of their firm’s Senior A-Team consultants that can collaborate with senior managers to use their organization charts to architect their enterprise’s Targets System that will used to set and hit their EBITAD earnings for a very long duration.
We Can Take the Enzweiler A-Team Public
The neighbor replied “Holy Cow, I am a venture capitalist that could get the 1st round of funding required to build your A-Team consulting firm into a very big consulting firm. There are thousands of senior managers that would pay big dollar consulting fees for A-Team consultants that can collaborate to architect Targets Systems that they could use to set and hit their EBITAD earnings targets.”
I asked, “What happens after the 1st round of funding?”
The neighbor laughed and said, “That’s the best part. We use the trends from your firm’s first 2 years of growth to project your firm’s future earnings for the next 5 years. The graph of your firm’s future earnings would resemble a hockey stick. Then we announce an IPO and sell your firm’s stock to the public. When your firm goes public you would make millions.
“Millions – Then What?”
I asked, “After I make the millions, then what would I do?”
The neighbor said, “Then you could retire, enjoy time with your family, go fishing with your friends, stroll into town for some good times and maybe you could find some rewarding work that you enjoy so you could balance your life.”
*Credit to Heinrich Böll for my adoption of his Story of the Mexican Fisherman to explain one of my life’s guiding principles.