It's good to explain how to make the most of consultants, from the client's perspective, since I think a lot of companies just don't get it. But "they just don't get it" about a lot of things.
If companies were truly smart, they fire all the full-time staff and hire nothing but contractors, at fair hourly rates, making the contractors responsible for their own equipment, their own health insurance, their own facilities, their own utilities, etc., and simply measured by their performance and delivery of objectives. That would eliminate costs (including taxes) dramatically, reduce traffic everywhere, encourage the actual use of technology, and quickly weed out the people who are costing the company more money than they are bringing in.
Sadly, it's going to be another 20-25 years before this common sense solution becomes a regular way of doing business. Today's management is all about ego, with "managers" feeling good only when they can look over their cubicle serfdome, take the "buzz" in as a sign of performance, and thereby feel self-important.
Give me a staff of 10 independent experts working from their homes any day! 😉
[font="Verdana"]If technology is supposed to give us more freedom and empower us to pursue the more important things in life, why do so many people allow themselves to become enslaved by it? Always remember, the truly important people cannot be reached... except when they want to reach you.[/font]