• In a time of increasing unemployment and serious difficulty in selling one's latest book, I believe consultancy is the way forward.
I abandoned academic life to run a consultancy on how to become a consultant. I was inspired by the story of the amorous tomcat. It was decided, reluctantly, to resort to the services of the vet, but when this was found to have brought just a temporary respite for the recipients of his affections, enquiry revealed that he was now acting as consultant to his fellow tomcats. I was struck by this feline imagination.
One of my proudest achievements as consultant to consultants relates to a research student who has just achieved her doctorate, but could not find employment.