A Hubbard Management Consultant is active in our local business community. He got his hands on my business card three years ago and the emails haven’t stopped since. He’s friendly enough and I’ll give him high marks for persistence. However, I have real concerns about his qualifications to do consulting work that requires a high degree of education, integrity and trust. Here’s an interesting quote from the WISE website advertising for new Hubbard Management practitioners. “A hugely rewarding career, Hubbard management consultants not only help businesses flourish they help individuals succeed and achieve their life-long goals. Whether it is helping a bright young business owner get off on the right foot, or rescuing the family firm that’s been handed down generation to generation, or straightening out the accounting office that’s all but captured its owner from his wife and children, the accomplishments of consultants reach out, touching all areas of people’s lives.” That is a highly personal – and perhaps even intrusive – statement of what a family business consultant might do. “Capturing its owner from his wife and children,” seems like some weird imagery to make the point. Nonetheless, it’s a credible statement about what goes on in privately owned companies and points out the need for competent management assistance in family business transitions. So is the Hubbard Management Consultant the right guy to do the job? No way. Consultants aren’t Certified Public Accountants. They aren’t lawyers. They don’t train in any normal business school. The Hubbard School of Management is unaccredited, has no transferrable units, and has not one single course on financial accounting. Yet we expect a Hubbard Management Consultant to help “straighten out the accounting office”? What’s going on with these people? Does Hubbard Management have anything worthy to offer, or is yet another dangerous trend spawned by the destructive cult of Scientology?