This past January, Susan Eriksen-Meier celebrated a major milestone as her consulting company (EMC) turned 10. As she reflected back on her years of happy clients, completed projects and many lessons learned, another milestone unpredictably swept in in the form of a global pandemic that upended both lives and traditional ways of doing business.
As a consultant who had since mastered the process of long-term strategic planning, Eriksen-Meier retooled her services to meet a new timetable, now gauged by weeks and minutes.
“Demand has declined for traditional strategic planning, which revolves around the establishment of long-term goals,” she said. “At the same time, planning strategically is even more critical in the COVID world.”
Despite the ever-changing economic landscape, what hasn’t changed is Ericksen-Meier’s deep roots in the local community. With past roles ranging from everything from grant writing to heading up boards of directors, Eriksen-Meier knows who to talk to and where to find answers when it comes to helping entities meet their needs. With an established office in town, EMC is also able to help meet client’s new technology needs with the understanding that those, too, are changing.
“More than ever, companies are overwhelmed with necessary operational changes, combined with declining or unreliable resources,” Eriksen-Meier said. “Clients in today’s economy need an experienced person to get something done so that they can focus on other parts of the organization or their family, health or home.”
In addition to strategic advice, clients need help completing the work, she noted. To this end she rolls up her sleeves and digs in to help get the work done.
In this new climate, Eriksen-Meier Consulting is offering lower-rate, longer-term contract options. Clients who sign on for at least six-months can now pay 30% less per hour while duly benefiting from long-term access to her high-expertise guidance and work.
“The result is an increased level of efficiency,” she said, adding that she can help a client lead or complete projects, engage in planning strategically or update governance and regulatory procedures.
“In the end, clients gain a strong partner on which they can confidently rely. That’s the way to do business during chaotic times: Together.”