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Consulting Mastery by Keith Merron

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CHAPTER 10HONESTY AT THE DEEPEST LEVEL

Truth is within ourselves.

—Robert Browning

IN THE YEAR 2002, a subtle, yet troubling event occurred in the consulting industry. Few in the outside world noticed it or paid attention to it, yet it marked a clear shift in the integrity of the consulting profession. The Association of Management Consulting Firms, the leading industry association, under pressure from its members, changed a piece of its code of ethics relative to integrity. As of 1969, the code of ethics read: “Not to serve clients under terms or conditions… which impair objectivity, independence, or integrity.” As of 2002, it reads: “…immediately acknowledge any influences to objectivity…” In effect, the current code says a consultant ...

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