Thank you letters from FIRMSconsulting members:
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From: Elvis Xxxx <[email protected]>
Date: Thu, Jan 16, 2020 at 2:10 PM
Subject: Update #3
To: Michael Boricki <[email protected]>
It’s a little strange that I wrote ‘Update2’ more than two years ago. I have stay tuned and listened to every single podcast since we spoke last time so I would think that this feels more recent for me than it does for you. Btw, congratulations on the podcast with Rob Markey, as marketed I think it was on the top three list of your work.
But I don’t write because I want to talk more on how to define the loyalty of a customer, I write because I wanted to give you one last update.
It’s kind of amusing. Looking back on the first message I sent to you I look back on a five years old younger of myself that was determined to get a greater place in the future. I envy that version because he had almost nothing but determination. Bad high school grades, no merits and hadn’t really had a job day in his life. I remember that day I wrote to you because it was the day after Xxxx, my son, turned 1. Xxxx has been a constant reminder of my progress.
Today I have been at Xxxx School of Economics for five years and I will graduate in the top 5 % of my class. Besides my studies, I have taken an internship outside for one summer that I converted to a full-time job, where I worked as a Data-Analytical consultant. Data-analysis and coding have been outside the trajectory of my academic but still, I have made the connection that financial business knowledge combined with good data knowledge will be a great lever to have.
I have one problem though. I think something may be wrong with my cv because of the low conversion I have gotten from the CV handout stage to the first interview process. I have never gotten a first-round interview for McKinsey/BCG/Bain but the three interviews I have had for other companies I have converted all three to job-offers. My next job will be in corporate strategy for Xxxx Airlines (XXXX) where I will work for a McKinsey partner and also had him interviewing me in the final interview*. I passed that interview with colors and even that I’m very pleased to have gotten this great opportunity I still can’t but wonder if there is something wrong on my CV.
I do use the right format, and I try to emphasize the right things on things that I have led and what they have generated. I’m really happy haven gotten this job in the airline industry but I can’t help but think that A) there is something wrong with my CV or B) I just don’t make the cut for an MBB interview.
I could live with B but it would be sad to live with A and not knowing that I could done something about it. It’s quite much to ask but would you mind taking a quick look, Michael?
If not I would fully understand. But I do however want to thank you. Your podcast and mentorship have formed on how I choose to look at business and value creation, much more so then any course book I’ve read.
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From: Ashish Xxxxxx <[email protected]>
Date: Wed, Jan 8, 2020 at 4:07 AM
Subject: Re: Your recent FC membership
To: Kris Safarova (Firmsconsulting) <[email protected]>
Thanks for your email.
Let me be honest, I am a die-hard fan of FIRMSconsulting and would love to be a life long member of the community, if possible.
However, I am currently going through a rough patch and need to manage my expenses well over the next 6-8 months in a foreign country. This was the main reason I decided to cancel my membership. Trust me it was a very tough choice and when I updated my mom about this decsion she suggested that I let you know that I will rejoin the FIRMSconsulting community as soon as I am ready for a comeback and get my spending power back. Each member of my family understands how the FIRMSconsulting community has helped me grow over the last 2-3 years.
Hope you understand that I am not going anywhere and will continue to be that sponge who will continue to learn and upgrade by skills even from outside.
I would be grateful if you could recommend the most optimal way to continue to invest my time in the free FIRMSconsulting content over next few months.
Wishing FIRMSconsulting community a very Happy New Year.
From: Xxxxx Xxxxxxx <[email protected]>
Date: Tue, Dec 31, 2019 at 5:03 AM
Subject: [TIME & INSIGHT] Starting 2020, Ranatunga style!
To: <[email protected]>, <[email protected]>
It was a pleasure writing this email and I deeply appreciate you taking the time to read my email below.
Noting your time is precious, let me start by saying I do honestly respect the time you are putting into reading this, I do not take it for granted as you really do not have to reply and considering most of my recent learning comes from being an insider, I appreciate you are extremely busy.
Having listened to your voice since October 2018 there is a level of excitement as I write this email to you. With a desire to what is currently a one-way relationship, to become two ways. Moving into 2020, I wanted to start this year strong, in full Ranatunga style!
So I am not just a name my brief bio is:
- My name Xxxx, an Xxxxxxx, XXXXXXXX, born and brought up in Xxxxxx, Xxxxx, currently 29 years old and working as a Managing Consultant (Manager) at Xxxxxxx.
- Went to a private school, Xxxxxx on the charity of extended family (as mine could not afford). Essentially grew up in a family of doctors with a chip on my shoulder.
- This led me to study engineering at a non-name university, Xxxxxx University. After losing too many family members to both health and non-health reasons, I wanted to solve problems that matter on a bigger scale. Thus leading me to join consulting.
- I got rejected from McKinsey and Bain after graduating, whereby, during the HR interview once they saw my school the interview was basically over. I never got invited to BCG and worked for the Government for a year before only getting an offer from Xxxxxx.
- Went from Graduate to a practice head in Xxxx in 4 years but still not feeling like I was addressing problems that matter. The exception to this was when I travelled to Xxxxx in 2018 to work on a growth strategy for an advocacy arm of the Government and a Minister there said my work reminded them of McKinsey.
- Taking this complement with the best of intentions and to heart, in May 2018, I networked, tried and studied (before knowing about Firms Consulting) and got interviews with BCG and McKinsey, only getting to the first round interview of BCG and not even passing the PST for McK. That said, it was an awesome experience and I learned much more than I had hoped and made some authentic connections on the way.
Inside, I know I am able to do something greater. Using my insider status as my guidance and general polishing around the edges, I aspire to be a great strategy Partner. Wanting to control my environment better, I have worked to find an area of Xxxx that gives me unique freedom AND allows me the flexibility to try different experiments in the firm. Getting rejected from MBB (twice) confirmed my desire to work on problems that matter with people that want to be there so I figured why can’t I just build a team like that in Xxxx. Structurally, Xxxx may not change and I’ve spent 6 months trying to make that happen however after hitting my umpteenth roadblock, I then became an insider. Trying to look at things now through your eyes… Having listened to your lessons, story and experience, I have realised I have slowly been relying less on the people around me say and working my way to becoming more industrial by nature. Whenever I have been a little lost or unsure of how to approach something and rather, find myself searching the podcast where you may have addressed this situation.
Since then, what has happened:
November/December was extremely serendipitous and very random which both encouraged me to send this to you and makes me want to try and take full advantage of this situation:
- I just finished a four-week secondment to an Xxxxx SOE in Xxxx, “Xxx Xxxx” which required me to write up a technology-based RFP, however, in the spirit of doing the best work they had ever seen
- I not only delivered the day job but I used the lessons from “How to generate an insight” to create some poignant points on their challenges, I used “Partnership” to create a perspective for new studies that they should investigate as imperative before they commence and finally used “how to sell like a partner” to potentially point them in the right direction for their journey.
- They have not gotten back to me yet and I do not expect any change as their CEO just left and believe they are in transition again.
All things considered, I was only able to do that as I was sent there and worked in isolation AND confidence to not share knowledge with Xxxxx but whilst this was not hard to do the day job, I worked to listen and apply your lessons which I found thoroughly enjoyable making this work much more fun than I have had in a long time, I am now trying to recreate to the day job.
Throughout what you have said over during the Partnership memoirs, Masterplan program, Bill Matassonis commentary, Monday morning 8 AM and now through the Empire Energy case study, the more and more I listen, the more I feel that the aspiration to work for one of the big three strategy houses so I can work on problems that matter but on the other hand if doing high impact work is the priority then it should not matter where I do it as long as it makes a difference.
Therefore, if I may map my next milestones: In the aspiration of being the worlds most influential Managing Partner I will:
- Try to build a consulting practice in Xxxx (noting it will be difficult to move away from technology)
- Move into Global Strategy (ideally MBB with my inclination being BCG)
- Strive to be a full-time Partner.
As mentioned earlier, in the spirit of making this a two-way relationship AND importantly not wasting your time, my ask is:
From what you know of Xxxx, if my desire is to work on high impact problems and strategy whilst my learning quotient is still absorbing the lessons from being an Insider AND noting I have a mother, brother and fiancé who rely on my salary to keep the lights on… According to a very short statement you made in Matassoni 10 about implementers doing strategy will fail, am I wasting time at Xxxx then who develops project managers and developers as opposed to consultants or is there merit in my desire to build a proper consulting practice here?
A rather deep question but would value YOUR perspective on this so I can make a better-informed choice.
Also, I will add, you made a comment in one of your podcasts that if you had good mentors you may have gotten to Partner faster… I believe the opposite is also very true in that you may have just spent more time listening to other conventional wisdom and been a partner in your 40s instead!
Thank you for your time, will completely understand if you are unable/undesiring to reply as I already get so much from you in the lessons you teach us. I know my life is better than it was without this and will continue to grow, but what I am trying to do is achieve the potential I know I am able to whilst taking those around me on the journey too.
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From: <[email protected]>
Date: Thu, Nov 28, 2019 at 3:01 PM
To: FC Support <[email protected]>
Happy thanksgiving to you Kris and everyone at FC!
Thank you for taking the time! I have a lot of deep thinking to do! Your reply was very helpful to me, I really really appreciate it!
Life is a strange, profound, and precious phenomenon.
Mystery and wonder.
I love the training that you have put together! It has helped me tremendously and I’m very thankful that with so much uncertainty in my path I can look forward to the training to continue to guide me as I uncover and discover deeper parts of my personality, potential, and purpose. I’m very thankful for such a gift!
You have changed my life forever for sure!
I’m pumped for 2020! And the years to come!
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From: Adrian Xxxxxx <[email protected]>
Date: Thu, Nov 21, 2019 at 6:16 PM
Subject: Feedback on mentor ship program
To: Michael Boricki <[email protected]>
Thank you for the content in this series! I was recently promoted for the first time after joining Amazon in their xxxxxx function after 2 years. Through this course I learned the importance of excelling in my core role (sales) and thereby attracting a mentor who moved me into a hybrid sales/analyst role. He then helped me develop the technical and communications skills to get me promoted.
I am now transitioning into a xxxxxxx role with the goal of becoming a business owner of a P&L within the next 2 years. Since I have been promoted, the team lead (~roughly equivalent to associate principal) has signaled that he would like me to work more closely with him.
This is clearly the result of following the advice you give in the mentorship program. Hope to be able to update you soon.