I’ve worked in the consulting world, I’ve worked for blue-chip companies and I’ve gone through all the emotions of being a start-up entrepreneur. I’ve been at the receiving end and at the giving end of “advice” and in all my dealings and experience, what is it that really makes a good advisor?
Well, for a starter, I want authenticity; what I see is what I get, and when it comes to advice I don’t really care about tools and methods. Not really. Whatever the advice is about, I want someone who’s tried it before. I want someone who will be brutally honest with me. I may not like it and I may disagree, but I’ll respect that opinion, and ultimately it’s gonna help shape and influence my decision. Not that tools can’t be used – far from it – they just can’t replace “the real deal”.
One of the real deals is Søren Leth-Nissen, business coach and running the coaching company Nduna, a term which means exactly what he is and what he does: The executive advisor to the chief. Søren’s ambition is to move people forward and upwards. Doesn’t really matter what the tools are. The bottom line is, we’ll do “whatever it takes to get you there”. Now, I respect that and I’ll choose that any day over less experienced people with a tendency to hide behind tools and methods
Another good example is Bianca Hegedüs, who runs Hegedüs Creative Consulting. Forgive me for mentioning her without actually knowing her. I’m purely judging her on a speech given at Væksthuset in Copenhagen last week. Bianca came across as being authentic, offering her raw, unsweetened opinion and she, too, made the statement that tools tend to over-simplify things in the hands of people who don’t have the experience. I fully agree.
Simply put: An advisor must bring value through experience.