Think consulting’s a new concept?

Does it seem like consulting’s a new concept? The latest and greatest trend in the world of work? I beg to differ.

Consider this quote from Charles Francis Richter, the seismologist who invented the Richter scale in 1935:

A good deal of my consulting work consists of site analysis for proposed developments. The problem of assessing seismic risk starts at the geological-geophysical end and winds up at the engineering end.

I’d never thought of seismologists as consultants, but it just goes to show that anyone can consult.

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