Welcome back!

No apps configured. Please contact your administrator.
Forgot password?

Don’t have an account? Subscribe now

McKinsey Boston associate on teams

My Michael Moment took place outside of the training and after I joined MBB. We were discussing my career path and I mentioned I was a workaholic with no friends and could therefore eat, sleep and drink management consulting. You pointed out an interesting phenomenon which I am now experiencing in the Boston office. You said that people who have no friends outside of the office, will seek friends inside the office and that creates dysfunctional relationships.

I did not understand what you meant at the time but can now see it playing out.

I became very close to a business analyst at the office and we ended up socializing when we could. It became very difficult to manage the relationship when I needed to manage her weaker behaviour. I think she felt I would be lenient with her due to the nature of our relationship. That experience, which was hard to manage, made me think about your advice and the need to not confuse work relationships. As you said, I should be friendly in the office and seek friends, but understand that professional values must come before friendship.

That is good advice but very hard to implement Michael! I will see how I manage and keep you posted.

We have published the most useful client feedback. Our commitment to confidentiality prevents us from disclosing the identity of our clients and other confidential information, and we may alter details to prevent such disclosure. Some client feedback may be lightly edited for grammar, spelling or prose, though we never alter or remove any information. Clients in our consultants coaching program are forbidden from sharing sensitive client data with us.

Want to learn more about how FIRMSconsulting
can help your organization?

Related Articles

Management Consulting

Digital Transformation Consulting: Top Challenges

Digital Transformation Consulting: Top Challenges The Digital Transformation consulting space is one of the most lucrative and stressful right now. Today, I had an insightful discussion with Raj (name changed to protect his privacy), a technology leader in the digital transformation space working for a major consulting firm. We spoke…

Career

The Powell Doctrine

The Powell Doctrine "When McKinsey arrives at a client’s office and wants to present a recommendation, it may get challenged at times. But most of the time, it will not be. The same applies to BCG, Bain, and other top firms. I will use a military analogy, but please do…

Authority Based Business

Want to become a Bestselling Author?

Want to become a Bestselling Author? I hope this message finds you well. I am reaching out to share an exciting opportunity that may align perfectly with your expertise and passion. I am in the process of organizing a co-authored book project, with the theme centered around "Success Habits." This project…