Getting a management consultant on retainer to help guide your company’s path to oblivion is an expensive proposition. However, it is the best way to get a leg up on the competition and the kinks. Management consultants are not just about big bucks, but about big ideas and the people that make them. The most important rule of thumb is that the right management personnel are the ringmasters of the organization and should be treated as such. It is also worthwhile to ensure that the broom is clean. One of the best ways to do this is to make sure that there is a designated management representative for each office and department, and a formal process to be used for high level, low level and operational issues.