A consulting lesson from The Littlest Hobo

Growing up, I fondly remember school holidays watching The Littlest Hobo.

The TV show was about a stray dog who travelled around, moving from town to town, befriending and helping people in need. And despite the wishes of the many people whom he helped to adopt him, he preferred to go his own way and would head off once the situation no longer called for his attention.

Each episode was a lesson in selflessness and individuality, in the face of conformity.

You’re a consultant, moving from project to project, building relationships and serving stakeholders. Offering expertise and objectivity, in the face of cultural norms and constraints. Doing your best work, before moving on to the next task once the assignment is complete.

Leave your stakeholders fully capable and remembering you fondly.