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Greg- what is your honest opinion about the recent mandatory alignment for managers within 6 months of promotion? I am quite surprised this topic hasn’t been discussed enough on Fb.

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I share this concern, while I aligned about a year or so ago, I’ve had quite a few juniors voicing this concern. Also, feedback I’ve gotten for Associates is that they’ve even been told that they need to align in order to get promoted to Manager

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as the leader of a practice, i’m supportive. for a couple of reasons - both pragmatic and aspirational. a couple of quick fire rationale. 1) you can always switch practices. this isn’t pledging for life 2) managers will have been here ~3.5 years by the time this impacts them. by this point most consultants are settling into a group of people and topics with whom they like to work. there isn’t a lot of wandering at that stage 3) when you bill almost $6k a day, clients will expect you to be more than a good manager. you will need to show depth on relevant topics- that can be service or industry. 4) if practices can control your staffing and utilization, we are better able to influence your development. i have frequent conversations about how this project or that project aren’t “in my platform” or “derail what i want to do”. now, there is a consistent point of elevation. at the same time, professional development can be better tailored to you focus areas. that is just a short list of why I am a fan.

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Personally I felt bait N switch. I joined ATK out of b-school bc I was told it offered me the flexibility to create my own path. Being forced to align so early defeats that purpose and I still yet want to explore a couple more industries before my options are limited. I think mandatory alignment helps the firm create more specialists and stronger resume during proposals but it does not help individual consultants experiencing new things.

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