What does your organization look for in a consulting professional? A 'yes' man? Do you want someone who will listen to you and do exactly what you ask them to do? Hopefully not. My clients are intelligent and experienced, but they don't always know exactly what they need. They often don't even know for sure exactly what they want - though they may think that they do.
It's not about 'phoning it in' on a project. It's not always about getting it done in 'x' amount of time, either. But it IS always about customer satisfaction. It's about giving you - the customer - something you can live with and be happy with and that your end users can actually use.
Basically, I'm saying put the customer first because no matter how successful you think you were, it's how they feel about it and move forward that really counts, right? I had a big airline client where me and my team did a $400,000 tech project / implementation – even going onsite for about 2 weeks during Christmas to do break / fix testing and get past some key issues. We finally fully implemented around March and I thought everything was fine. When I touched bases with the project customer a few months later to see if they needed any further help I found out that they weren't even using the solution. They had lost their administrator on their end, were beyond frustrated and like some abandoned sports complex after the Olympics, it was just an in the way albatross. What a disaster and what a waste of customer dollars. I felt a bit ill about the money we made and far less happy about the seemingly successful final implementation.
Bottom line – it's all about the customer. It's not about the level of satisfaction of your senior management even if they think it is. And it may seem at times that you are an island in a storm... butting heads with your senior management to do your best for the project customer. There are two instances in my PM past that I wish I could take back... both with the same employer. We lost over $2 million in revenue over two different customer projects because I listened to my senior management over the needs of the customer. Those were both over 11 years ago and I won't let it happen again.