Liana Downey: Policy and Strategy Advisor in Energy and Climate and McKinsey Alumni.
They discussed the latest developments in ESG trends, how ESG acts as a driver for growth, whether ESG is an organizational design or leadership challenge, and insights into how ESG directly influences business.
The event was a tremendous success, and we’re thrilled to announce that this is just the beginning. If you’d like to join us for future events, please don’t hesitate to let us know.
Our contracting business is growing, and we’re thrilled to share that Rachel Quick will be taking on a new role dedicated to supporting the junior to mid-level strategy and transformation market with contracting opportunities.
Rachel Quick joins Future State Consulting
In the upcoming weeks, Rachel will personally reach out to all our clients to introduce herself and discuss how we can support your talent needs.
WHAT HAVE BEEN THE TOP BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE GUESTS I HAVE HAD ON MY STRATEGY BITES PODCAST TO DATE?
Do you have a few minutes to read? No matter where you are or what you’re doing, reading can be a great way to expand your knowledge. My guests typically come from Management Consulting or the world of Strategy, and have succeeded in their chosen paths. So by spending a few minutes reading my blog or listening to my podcast, you can likely benefit in some way.
Managers are always looking for ways to improve their management skills. Instead of taking a course, why not read the best books on management? These books have been recommended by top consultants around the world. Find out which ones you should be reading!
🎆Toby Norton-Smith-Smith – MD of X15 Ventures 📕Valuation: Measuring and Managing the Value of Companies by Tim Koller, Marc Goedhart, David Wessels
🎆Deanne Stewart – CEO of Aware Super 📕The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni 📕The Ideal Team Player: How to Recognize and Cultivate The Three Essential Virtues by Patrick Lencioni
🎆Jean Hayden – Strategy & Operations Director Google Cloud 📕True North: A Memoir by Jill Ker Conway & 📕Master of the Senate: The Years of Lyndon Johnson by Robert Caro
🎆James Twiss – CEO – Beforepay 📕War & Peace Novel by Leo Tolstoy
🎆Diane Smith-Gander AO – ED & NED and Former McKinsey Partner 📕Mentally at Work: Optimising health and business performance through connection by Genevieve Hawkins 📕Strategy Beyond the Hockey Stick: People, Probabilities, and Big Moves to Beat the Odds by Chris Bradley, Martin Hirt, and Sven Smit 📕Not Always Diplomatic: An Australian Woman’s Journey Through international affairs by Sue Boyd
🎆 Victor Cheng – CEO at CaseInterview 📕 Richistan by Robert Frank
🎆 Katrina Barry – CEO at me&u 🎙️ Legacy Podcast
🎆 Steve Duke – Host of Two Roads Podcast 📕 When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi / Designing your Life by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans / Lost Connections by Johann Hari
🎆 Asha Walsh – Associate Partner at Oaktree Talent 📕 Lean In by Cheryl Sandberg
🎆 Sophie Hayek –CEO at PropHero 📕 Let My People Go Surfing by Yvon Chouinard
🎆 Milosh Milisavljevic – Chief Customer Officer at Medibank 📕 Essentialism by Greg McKeown / Effortless by Greg McKeown / Lost Connection by Johann Hari / Bittersweet by Susan Cain / No Rules Rules by Erin Meyer & Reed Hastings
🎆 Anna Podolsky – CEO at Lyka 📕 Power of Moments by Chip Heath and Dan Heath / Atomic Habits by James Clear
🎆 Aliza Knox – Senior Advisor at BCG 📕 Radical Candor: How to Get What You Want by Saying What You Mean by Kim Scott
🎆 Wendy McKay – Managing Director at Pollination 🎙️ Outrage and Optimism by Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac 📕Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi
🎆 Mailys Pauletto – Contract Consultant, Former Roland Berger Consultant 🎙️ The One You Feed by iHeartPodcasts
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Do you feel comfortable talking through your experience and taking people on the journey?
I know it can feel awkward when someone says ‘Tell me about yourself or talk me through your experience?’ However, this is more important than you think.
Your story should flow and give them a flavor of who you are and what you’ve done.
💡Start from the beginning, (DO NOT start with current experience) what you studied and how or why you got into consulting, what industries you worked across, and what types of projects.
💡Then give them an overview of each position you’ve had since then. You don’t need to go into specific examples here but you want to give the interviewer enough information to get a feel for your experience and then they can ask for specific examples themselves.
💡Tell a story, make the interviewer feel like they traveled through that with you. Most people don’t know about consulting until someone taps them on the shoulder during university or while doing their MBA so it’s ok to say that. Make it personal. Did you start in law or engineering and found it wasn’t for you and wanted something more commercial and to understand a business more?
Storytelling is so powerful, it engages emotions and creates a connection between you and the interviewer, making you more memorable and impactful.
Personally, I love hearing someone’s story and why they have made the choices they have. Obviously, there is a fine line of talking too much so make sure you share the highlights and you can delve into more detail later.
If you are a strategy consultant and would like any help with telling your story, please reach out.
Procrastination, that elusive dance with time, is a peculiar phenomenon that transcends the boundaries of age, occupation, and culture. It is the art of delaying the inevitable, a subtle rebellion against the relentless ticking of the clock. Like a sly companion, procrastination often disguises itself in the guise of momentary distractions, promising a temporary escape from the pressing tasks at hand.
At its core, procrastination is a complex interplay of psychological factors. Fear of failure, coupled with a dash of perfectionism, can lead one down the winding path of postponement. The mind, in its intricate ways, seeks refuge in the comfort of delay, nurturing the illusion that more time will somehow transform the daunting into the manageable. Yet, the paradox lies in the bitter aftertaste that accompanies procrastination.
What initially seems like a fleeting victory over responsibility becomes a self-imposed trap, ensnaring the procrastinator in a cycle of guilt and anxiety. The very act of avoidance can amplify the stress that one sought to escape, creating a vicious circle that undermines productivity and erodes self-esteem.
The allure of procrastination is not at all rooted in laziness, rather, it’s a testament to the intricate workings of the human psyche. It is a struggle against the relentless demands of modern life, a rebellion against the perceived tyranny of time. The mind, in its quest for solace, craves the brief respite that procrastination promises.
Overcoming procrastination requires a delicate balance of self-awareness and discipline. Recognising the underlying fears and anxieties that fuel procrastination is the first step towards liberation.
Setting realistic goals, breaking down tasks into manageable steps, and cultivating a mindset that embraces imperfection can help chip away at the procrastinator’s fortress.
In the end, procrastination is a universal foe, an adversary that lurks in the shadows of every endeavour. Confronting it requires not only a strategic approach, but also a willingness to understand the deeper motivations that drive this seemingly irrational behaviour.
As we navigate the intricate dance between duty and diversion, we unravel the layers of procrastination, hoping to emerge on the other side with a newfound sense of purpose and productivity.
“Great skillset, but I couldn’t confidently put them in front of the CEO”.
A bit of a generalisation here but we typically find three types of consulting candidates.
1/ Super Confident
Excellent at self-advocating for themselves. Can be overly relaxed and have done little preparation. Relies on their pedigree. Usually likable but with a dash too much ego.
Upside: Clients want someone who is able to speak to any stakeholder confidently and command the attention of those who matter.
Downside: You can be seen as having too much ego which may rub certain stakeholders up the wrong way.
You can come across as disinterested in the specific opportunity or that you are too good for the role.
Clients also worry about team dynamics.
Perceived overconfidence can also be masking insecurities.
These candidates often take constructive feedback or rejection poorly.
2/ Skilled, qualified, “great on paper”
Unassuming. Smart. Often likable but can come across as lacking “Umph” or gravitas.
Will often rely on doing a good job to be seen. A typical insecure overachiever. Can come across as nervous in interview even if well prepared.
Upside: Clients may see you as a safe pair of hands. You will make them look good with quality work that they may end up presenting. They like to have a team of high achievers with great pedigree, as it attracts other high achievers.
Downside: Clients can worry about your influencing skills; they may need you to present to senior stakeholders.
It is all well and good producing quality work, but can you get anyone to listen to you, or to take you seriously?
Clients will wonder if you’ll be enjoyable to work with & how much input will be needed to bring you up to speed.
They may be concerned if the role is a succession plan role for fear it may take too long for you to gain the confidence of key stakeholders.
3/ The humble achiever!
Good on paper, even better in person. Quietly confident, personable, builds rapport quickly, articulates achievements succinctly, holds eye contact, is calm, collected, and well prepared. Has a solid answer for why they want the role.
Upside: The client feels you will make a positive impact on all stakeholders and team members so will be able to hit the ground running.
They are excited at the prospect of working with you. Even if there may be one or two skill gaps they are more likely to feel comfortable that you can be successful in the role.
Downside: If you are not a top-tier trained candidate, and if the client has a bias, it could be a point of hesitation however our stats show this is not usually a showstopper… not anymore.
We love working with candidates that fall into category 3. So do our clients. As long as you have a skill set, you are more likely to get the role than those with a top-tier pedigree, who are perfect on paper but fall into category 1 or 2