McKinsey, BCG et al engagements are very different from the stories typically depicted on blogs etc. Too often the writer seems intent on explain how long the hours are and the need to do analyses. That is part of the picture but far from the entire story. Many of these stories are also written bottom-up with an associate or analyst seeing things from their relatively narrow view without a proper feel for the higher level discussions.
This podcasts looks at things top-down from a partners perspective and we have culled together key lessons from the over +100 engagements each of the Firmsconsulting partners have done. We also focused on the “why” versus “what” happens on a typical study.
We have included elements from our days as associates but mainly analyzed things top-down to introduce a stronger element of the client issues.
Most people also have a romanticized view of management consulting work. Usually wrong. I therefore wanted to talk about my typically day/week as an associate (MBA level) consultant, and particularly how that changed as I moved up the ranks to the partnership. It will help you understand why mental math is so useful, as well as the extreme stresses of the job.