Partners: How much harder do you work now than as a SM/D? Maybe give us a sample of an avg week...

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Classic consulting answer - it varies.
The biggest issue for me is the intensity of my working days - the sheer number of different things I need to attend to or turn my mind to is one thing, but also the seniority of my interactions mean that I have to be at 100% all day, much more so than I did pre-Partner
In pure hours terms, I will work fewer hours over the course of a year than I did pre-Partner by about 10-20%; I worked very hard to make Partner quickly and didn’t really know the meaning of the word no so there is a correction from that.
However, there are peaks now which I cannot control - if something blows up or a target needs to be chased, then it’s my responsibility to bear the brunt of that alongside but in front of my teams - for example, I would assume that if work needs to be done on a weekend that in the first instance that falls to me.

Peak output (as a function of hours and intensity) definitely surpasses pre-Partner, but average hours per week over the course of a year is down


Excellent answer. Same.

One thing I underestimated before I made partner is the amount of time I need to spend managing internal stakeholders and issues. I feel that the quantity of my input doesn’t equate it the quality of output internally where as when I spend that same amount of time with my clients and my teams, I see real value. Prioritizing that becomes challenging.


Working smarter. Not harder


I work 58.5% as hard as my directors...why be a partner if this isn’t the case?


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