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Technology executive looks for an edge

Did you enjoy the program? If yes, how?

Yes, I enjoyed the program because of the following reasons:

Material – The videos, podcasts, and the coaching itself presents material that can be easily consumed, and practiced.

Michael – As a mentor, Michael has successfully managed to literally eradicate “myths’ about management consulting. For example, how communication plays a much more important role than simply “cracking” cases. How one really doesn’t need to work on the “magic” number of cases, but can do a lot by focusing only on a handful.

Morals – Firmsconsulting sets, mentors and expects the highest standards of morals, ethics, and holding oneself to a value system through its programs and coaching.

Did the program meet your expectations? If yes, how?

Yes, the program met my expectations. The reasons are an extract of what I have mentioned above. The program provides the “relevant” material, mentoring, and also coaches one on what it takes to be a good consultant both technically, and ethically.

What was the most important learning’s from the program?

If the process of preparing, networking, interviewing, getting an offer, and performing on the job is considered a value chain, I learnt quite a few things in each of those areas. It is difficult to prioritize among those things. However, if I were to highlight one thing it was when Michael said, “Consulting is just one thing in your life. If you really enjoy screenwriting, or cross country skiing to the extent you are brilliant forget about the fact that your friend is a partner in BCG or McKinsey and focus on the other skill, not consulting.”

Do you feel the program provided an advantage for you versus your own/other preparation? If so, in what way?

I remember Michael asking me this question and in fact making a comment. He said, “I am not the happiest when people say that we are the elitist, I want them to know us as a firm which holds the highest standards.”

To that I responded, “I don’t think of Firmsconsulting as elitist but one that provides an edge to its clients be it cases or a simple conversation with a partner”.

To me (personally, given Michael understands exactly where I seriously lack) the “edge factor” is not something that I could have gleaned myself.

Can you recall any memorable moments?

Two mentioned above.

What would you like changed in the program?

A couple of things:

I am already talking to Michael about an idea. Doesn’t change the existing program, but includes another line of service.

More time with Michael to coach us on other deficiencies. I have realized that it is far easy to talk to Michael about our weaknesses than anyone else.

Open the MBA basics to clients outside the capability center. For example, I would definitely like to go over the slides that Firmsconsulting has put together on Marketing, Accounting, Finance etc…Reason being, even though I am done with the MBA program those slides help keeping in touch with the basics, and is more efficient than opening a book always.

Do you believe your coach was effective?

Definitely. I know that he has received comments on toning down his excitement when he teaches, but other than that he is very good at what he does.

Do you personally believe the sessions were tailored for your own development?

For most part, yes it was. Starting from the cover letter, resume related discussions; tips on where I was making mistakes were very personalized. Additional discussions on “Plan B” if MBB does not work out or if even consulting does not work out will be really helpful.

What are your thoughts on using former McKinsey/BCG worldwide practice leaders to coach clients?

Bringing in Senior Partners like Kevin was a brilliant idea. It is not only important to prepare, and practice but also to observe, ponder (over their thoughts) and tweak.

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