Making Work More Human - A Q&A with ex-KPMG Partners 11/6

A Q&A with Maggie Brereton and Ina Kjaer, ex-Big 4 Partners, shaking things up.

Not here to ask a question but can I just say, after having a terrible male PML who several counselees later ended up filing a bullying complaint against, your story was an inspiration. Thank you.

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What is your approach to beating less human competition that has its consultants work 16+ hour days?

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What is your client/sales model? What is your strategy for growth? And what size workforce do you envision in the short term? Also, have you started hiring?

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Just read about you and have to say I would love to work with you/for you.

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What are your thoughts on a 4 day work week?

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I specialize in a niche. I find that this niche has large ebbs and flows within consulting firms, and because of that I feel highly expendable. How do I create stability at an org in this environment?

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How has initial client feedback faired to your approach, and does this affect the profile of clients with which you can work with? (Ex-TS KPMG - huge respect for you both and excited 4 your venture!)

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Why is everything optics and a facade in consulting?

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Would love to work with you, for you and others like us. Let’s make this a success and reset the industry with this as the new normal.

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Appalling how disrespected "non consulting" folks are treated. Essential HR, Recruiting, IT are expected to perform like partners yet get paid like interns with no appreciation given. Please fix thx.

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A lot of times, the answer to long hours and menial work for associates is that you are paying your dues. Even if the work is grunt work, how can we make the work feel more meaningful?

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Did the same thing last year - because the cultural issues aren’t limited to Big 4/MBB. (Major bullying and favoritism was rampant throughout both my prior ~$20M firms.) Biggest challenge for us was

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Does someone with an MBA have more opportunities than someone with an MS?

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I 💯 love this concept and fully support the founders. We need mega transformation in our own industry. We’re supposed to be agents of change .... let’s demonstrate that WE can.

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Do you think the partnership model can survive? Is there a way to lower the turnover rate of employees through a different class of share ownership for “resources”?

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How can the culture of a consulting/client deliv. office be changed from bullying and exclusion to a healthy and inclusive one? My office has managers pushing this culture and they get away with it.

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How do you see your new firm selling and working on more digital efforts?

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So cool and congrats! The focus on inclusivity is important. I’m wondering what other values/goals will be foremost? Climate sustainability is one close to me personally and I’m curious about that

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How do we get more diversity in leadership? Gender, race, culture, all types of diversity. Looking at the top of the food chain typically results in rows of photos of middle aged white men...

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Whats your thoughts on race equality and gender equality. Whats your approach in implementing fairness across the board?

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