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It’s no surprise that I’m extremely committed to the public sector. I’ve devoted my career to it, first as an employee, then as a consultant, and now also as a mentor to other public sector consultants.
As the Director of Jacq Hackett Consulting, I provide consulting services to NSW public health agencies.
In addition, I provide training, support, and mentoring to public sector consultants who have recently started their business or people on the cusp of making the move.
Want support to start or build your consulting business?
I completely understand the attraction of leaving employment for consulting – I’ve reaped the benefits for over two decades. People are commonly seeking more flexibility, more choice about the kind of work they do, and of course the opportunity to be their own boss – to do things on their own terms. Another common attraction is the potential for higher income without crippling hours. All of those benefits are entirely possible, but there is a learning curve to get there.
After over 20 years in business, I’m passionate about developing the next generation of excellent public sector consultants. There’s a lot to learn and the transition is rarely seamless. Your employment career provides the foundations, but becoming an excellent consultant takes effort, the ability to operate outside your comfort zone, and a willingness to engage in your own development.
It will also require an active shift in mindset to effectively transition from employee to consultant and small business owner.
And once we make that transition, we are still paid from the public purse. So in my book, that means we need to be very, very good at what we do.
I offer a suite of training programs that can support your professional development as you either start or build your consulting business. This ranges from free video training sessions, right through to my flagship mentoring program that combines a comprehensive suite of online training modules with 8 weeks of small-group mentorship plus 1:1 sessions with me.
Five video training sessions focusing on some of the essential building blocks of developing a successful public sector consultancy business.
Launchpad will prepare you to launch [or re-launch] your public sector consulting business by guiding you step by step through
- Defining your service offering
- Developing your capability statement
- Developing an initial marketing strategy
The Masterclass series distils over two decades of consulting experience into the most comprehensive online training program available, tailored specifically for public sector consultants.
The Accelerator is an 8-week group mentoring program designed to teach you everything you need to know to start or grow a profitable, sustainable public sector consulting business. In the Accelerator, we focus on skill development, business development, and mindset development.
Mentoring and Resources for Public Sector Consultants
Looking for 1:1 support? My individual mentoring sessions will provide you with specific, targeted support on any issue or challenge at any time.
Looking for resources? I have a number of free cheat sheets you can download.
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Jacq’s book Consult invites you into the often closed shop of the consulting world. You’ll learn what you need to know to get you started on the right track, as well as practical tips and simple steps for developing your consulting expertise over time.
My Consulting Clients and Projects
What Are Clients Saying?
Fundamentally, I think that the best thing about the program was having access to you and your generosity in sharing all of your experience, but also your templates, your business IP, and your learnings and your insights. That was just so valuable.
Sarah BarterSarah Barter Consulting
The program showed me that mindset is terribly important. You can have all these professional skills that you’ve developed as an employee over many years, but the mindset work required when you transition to consulting deserves an equal or more even greater amount of time to all the other learning. You need to value it and do something about it so that you have the confidence to put yourself forward as a consultant and run your business.
Deb LawsonDeb Lawson Consulting
It was very beneficial to have someone who was independent and could view the project with a critical and unbiased eye.
I was particularly impressed with Jacq’s efforts to understand the context, her ability to be flexible when project needs changed and her in depth analysis and understanding of the issues
Kevin McLaughlinManager Mental Health Ambulance Service of NSW
Working with Jacq was a most rewarding and enjoyable experience. I could not have asked for a more committed, competent and agreeable person to work with. In recommending Jacq to other health service managers I would highlight her commitment and dedication to the task, her superlative report-writing skills and her tact at managing stakeholders.
Anne UnicombProgram Manager NSW Ministry of Health
Jacq is an extremely competent and focused consultant who delivered on all aspects of the project. In recommending Jacq to other health service managers I would highlight that she has very strong interpersonal and team skills, is focused, meets timelines, has excellent report writing skills, strong industry knowledge, and is very easy to work with.
Graham StoneManager Population Health Services, Northern Sydney Local Health District
The Accelerator was great value for money and a great investment. Thinking about making the investment can be a bit like thinking about doing boot camp – you think it might be good for you and you should probably do it one day. But I would say don’t put it off. Because like boot camp you think ‘why didn’t I do that a long time ago’. It’s also something that can set you apart from other consultants by adding another layer to your existing skills and experience.
Lisa McGlynnLisa McGlynn Consulting
The training modules are brilliant. It’s such an impressive effort to have distilled 20 years of experience as a public sector consultant into those modules. They step out very clearly the kinds of things you should be thinking about; tips for beginners; traps for new players; processes and frameworks you can use, not just to shape your thinking but to help you do what it is that you need to do in managing and delivering a project.
Jacinta GalluzzoJacinta Galluzzo Consulting
This course is a godsend! While I had full confidence in my experience and abilities gained from my (government) career, I had NO idea how to translate these into a profitable consultancy business. Jacq’s program provided everything I needed…it’s the best investment I made as I set up my business and I highly recommend it.
Louise McDonoughLM Consulting; Public Sector Specialist
I joined the group as I know Jacq has a wealth of knowledge and experience in public sector consulting and I wanted to learn from that. I found the sessions really helpful and motivating and I gained practical tips that I can use as a consultant. If you have recently made that move, or if you’re thinking about making that leap, this program is definitely for you.