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Help - I’ve been put on a 10 week project with just a Manager who I’ve just met. I’m only in week 2 but the whole time I’ve felt a constant feeling of stress and anxiety, which is really not like me but it’s exhausting and makes me dread coming to work everyday. I think it’s stemming from a mix of the anticipated timeframes being very tight, not having clear teams roles between us and the client and feeling out of my depth. As a consultant, what should I do?

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Sounds like you may benefit from clarity and structure. If the leadership is not providing it, it’s an opportunity to define it as you see fit, and get their feedback. For example you may list out your functions and confirm these are the things you will do, and the timeframes in which you may do them.

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Start breaking things down into manageable chunks. Work with the manager to understand what are the phases over the 10 weeks. Then break eaxh phase down into weekly deliverables or outcomes needed; and *critical* weekly activities (e.g., client interviews in week 3, etc.). You may need to adjust and be flexible and all that after you have a baseline, but you cannot deal with uncertainty while learning on the job to fill in skills gaps simultaneously.

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You need a come to Jesus meeting with your manager first, then if needed with him and client.
Identify all your concerns/issues. Describe your interpretations and recommendations. And try to get them all resolved.

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