This is the introduction to a series of valuable and short videos on consulting done as an interview between Rocco Luongo, founder and coach at GoRocco.Pro and Jason Bell, a seasoned leader with a long career. At the time of this interview, Jason was finishing up his Master’s degree in Organizational Development and exploring options for developing consulting as a next-stage career choice.
In this video Jason and I discuss how I got into consulting, from which industry I came to consulting from (engineering) and my definition of a coach vs. a consultant. Full transcript below.
Transcript of Video:
Jason Bell: Well thank you Rocco I appreciate your
Rocco Luongo: My pleasure
JB: Awesome so we’ll pretend we haven’t
known each other for 20 years and like
it’s a more of a brand new interview,
okay, but very excited to hear your
insights today on the field of
consulting and to get started why don’t
you tell us a little bit about yourself,
your background, how you got into this?
RL: Okay well my name is Rocco I got into
consulting through an engineering
background and I just recently in the
last two / two-and-a-half no, no, longer now
three years branded a separate entity
out of my company specifically for
business coaching allowing me to reach
down into other fields and it’s been
really fun. I’ve enjoyed it, I’ve learned a
lot and I draw the distinction between
coaching and consulting like this: if you
hire me to coach because you want to
become a great marathon runner, I don’t
run laps for you. I help you with the
accountability. I help you set up programs.
I give you new perspectives. I work with
your motivation. We deal with the human
aspect of maybe blockers why you’re not
getting the things done that you already
know you should be doing, but I don’t run
laps for you. Consulting is all of that
plus I contribute specific actionable
tactical skills as well and so that’s
the rough way I draw a line between
those things and that’s how I work in my
JB: That’s a great distinction.