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First of congratulations on your new role. Based on my experience at McK in the last 5 years, I have realized that introversion will never restrict you to excel in your career. However, below are few tactical things you can do to expand your network: 1. Build strong sponsorship of leaders who can mentor you and create opportunities for you. You can achieve this by demonstrating impact in your workstream and taking up global initiatives 2. Create followership - Coach and help juniors and colleagues who work with you. They will reciprocate and go extra mile for you in challenging situations 3. Be transparent about your ambitions with your evaluator and professional development manager 4. Client Impact is all that matters. Building solid client relationships is the most challenging but the most rewarding thing (something I struggle with personally) All the best!

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If you have been in consulting for 5 years , be assured you're far from an introvert!

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Thanks I appreciate that. It definitely takes a toll on me mentally and emotionally though. I’ve never been a fan of playing the political game and have struggled to find my niche (this new gig helps with niche). I am looking to be more intentional with my personal marketing since this is a big opportunity for me. Always looking to improve!

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I'm very introverted and am in a customer facing role now and used to work in consulting. As long as you're competent, friendly, and not awkward, you'll be fine. Introversion can give you certain advantages; I always try to be proactive about aligning across silos and I think that my personality has made that level of planning and foresight easier.

If you do good work, managers will want to work with you, and boom, you’ll have a network. If you are sloppy, no matter how charming and extroverted you are, people won’t want to work with you.

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