A change management consultant is an expert specialized in the field of management. It's not an entry-level job or a position to which people with unrelated professional experience can quickly transition. It takes time to create the experience you need to help a company overcome a major transition. Change management consultants help teams and the company in general to take the necessary measures when a major change occurs.
These consultants help simplify transitions, redirect resources and manage business operations while working with the company to reshape its organization. These experts put the needs of those most affected first by taking a people-centered approach to change. With this strategy, change management consultants can apply certain methodologies to create changes that focus on the needs of their team and customers. With change management consulting, companies work with consultants to simplify the redirection of resources, budgets, and other aspects of business operations and to help make the remodeling of an organization a simple process for all teams and individuals involved.
For example, when conducting change management readiness assessments, the internal consultant could interview a business leader from each affected group in the organization. By effectively implementing the Lewin approach, consultants can help ensure a smooth transition as they move toward achieving higher business objectives and growth. However, aspiring change management consultants still need management consulting experience before joining a smaller company. Companies that can't afford a large company (or that prefer to work with smaller organizations) can turn to these individual consultants to help the company through the transition.
Regardless of organizational affiliation, those who provide in-house consulting services need basic consulting skills, which the AIMC helps develop.