Gerald Weinberg’s classic book The Secrets of Consulting continues to provide me with the nuggets of wisdom needed to sustain a long career. I reread the book every few years to remind me of the sometimes counterintuitive recommendations made within. But each time I’ve ignored Weinberg’s advice, it’s been at my own peril.
The more experience I gain (in other words, the older I get), the more I recognize that much of the advice is universal, not just relegated to consultants. Somewhere along the way, I realized that the crux of consulting is helping people solve their problems, not solving problems for them — they’ll never let that happen. This has allowed me to expand the applicability of Weinberg’s wisdom to many other arenas, such as my now 30-year marriage.