Over recent years, it has become far too easy to find a cheap and easy alternative to almost anything. The problem now is that the cheap and easy alternative has almost become the preferred option to rigour and the real deal because, in general, they offer a quick and ‘painless’ fix. But we know that meaningful change or evolution is neither quick nor painless but can lead you to a better place.
So how do we illustrate this phenomenon? The most obvious example over the last few months has been the proliferation of ‘GDPR experts’ selling their course or their tool to sort out everyone’s supposed issues with GDPR. It is now becoming obvious that some weird and potentially deadly advice has been peddled by individuals who had never heard about data protection or an individual’s privacy rights a year ago. A specialist data protection colleague was approached by an individual wanting ‘a couple of hours of your time to tell me what I need to know so that I can be a consultant’. Ouch!
Another example I’ve come across recently is an individual purporting to be expert enough in governance to allow their client to think that they have resolved their governance issues. Sorry chaps, governance theory doesn’t apply to the work you were talked into doing and you’re going to need more help to sort it all out to achieve the desired correct outcomes.
There is only one thing that these and other examples prove and that is that doing your research can prevent you from being led down the garden path. If something looks too good to be true, then it should generally be avoided. If an organisation decides that they want a badge and they want it now but are not prepared to either do any work to achieve it, then the cheap and easy route will cover their requirements because that is all the effort that they are prepared to invest in their future.
The risks attached to choosing cheap and easy options over the rigorous and more difficult path are both short and long term. In both cases your reputation is at risk as, at some point, the lack of quality in the cheap/fake versions will become obvious. For non-profit organisations, there is also a risk that those who choose to go down this route, whether staff or volunteers, will eventually face questions as to the decision-making process which chose the cheap rather than the robust option. Don’t let that be your choice.
If you are trying to make decisions about where to go for assistance or you would like to talk about issues you are currently facing, then I’d love to help. Just give me a call and we will find your best way forward.