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Bypass a bad consultant

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Q: I must work closely with an outside consultant, Rick, who’s just awful. But my boss loves the guy and I’m stuck having to use him. Rick misses deadlines, does shoddy work and makes me look bad. What can I do?

A: If you’ve already made your best case to your boss and Rick’s still on board, then work around him. Quietly enlist another expert who can fill the hole that Rick’s poor work creates. If you lack the budget to pay another consultant, then say, “While I can’t pay you, consider this a way to get in the door here.”

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