Did you enjoy the program? If yes, how?
Overall, Yes I did. I have built a level of confidence surrounding the fundamentals. The only issues were due to the pressure I put upon myself to perform. The levels of pressure and patience from Michael were good in my opinion.
Did the program meet your expectations? If yes, how?
Mostly yes, at the beginning I felt that even though the online material paved a route of progression, I perhaps could have had a clearer introduction into how the coaching would proceed. What I mean by this is, I feel that at the beginning I had over a month from being accepted through to the start of coaching, in that time I studied the podcasts, then when we did start it felt slightly rushed having 2 sessions a week; and the expectations of the next session were not covered prior to the call itself. I also feel my preparation was perhaps misaligned with Michael’s expectations, I read a lot, and listened to the podcasts, but my understanding of certain areas was not sufficient and was evident during our calls. Perhaps more thorough reviews of where I was failing initially would have focused my efforts more productively.
What was the most important learning’s from the program?
That everyone has to start somewhere, and even those who come from modest means, from unranked education establishments, can still have the acumen and ability to pursue opportunities that truly interest them at an intellectual level.
Do you feel the program provided an advantage for you versus your own/other preparation? If so, in what way?
Definitely, the materials provided allowed me to focus on sensible methods to improve my own thought processes, without having dozens of conflicting advice points. I was able to block out all the peripheral sound bites, and learn concise thought processes that not only help with case methodology but a whole host of other skills.
Can you recall any memorable moments?
Too many to count, but they’re only relevant to myself.
What would you like changed in the program?
I don’t feel qualified to comment on this.
Do you believe Michael was an effective coach?
Yes. I don’t believe I was a suitable candidate, at that time.
Do you personally believe the sessions were tailored for your own development?
Not perhaps as much as I might have liked, I felt we were fairly strict to the curriculum online. That said we did repeat a couple of sessions (due to others ending early) to reattempt aspects, but often it felt like we progressed even if I felt I wasn’t really performing sufficiently, and this was mirrored by the comments from Michael.
What are your thoughts on using former McKinsey/BCG worldwide practice leaders to coach clients?
I think it’s excellent. However it must be handled correctly, Kevin and the others are great to gain exposure to, however, all candidates want that exposure. As much as I’d love to be mentored by him, I don’t feel I would get the most from his time as others might.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
My overall experience with Firmsconsulting has most certainly been a positive one. I intend to maintain the relationship, with the intention of re-entering the programme in the future. I just hope in that time, Michael and the other coaches can maintain their momentum, and most importantly don’t over work themselves to the detriment of the service.
I always thought to myself, “keep smiling and enjoy yourself, it could always have been worse, you got onto the programme after all” and that still holds true.
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