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Re-watching the Javy Baez walkoff last night against the Reds and absolutely loved the fire/smack talking in a series where there’s historical bad blood between the two. Which leads me to wonder, is there any sort of sense of rivalry at all between competitor firms? We joke about it through avenues like social media but has anyone actually first-hand experienced a competitive/hateful side to work that they didn’t know existed? (Like when a client is poached or business won from a competitor).

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This is professional services, not baseball. We all need to keep doors open since our industry’s business model isn’t a legalized cartel that can only employ 750 extremely talented people at once.

I mean professional services as an industry (i.e., consulting, law, accounting). It’s nothing to do with the amorphous concept of professionalism. Even in sports, real beef is unlikely to go beyond the scope of a few people with each other. I’d assume it’s exclusively at the individual level in our field: a strong dislike by one person for another person or firm. I know a handful of people I’ll never work for or help again, and I have no desire to work for McKinsey because they’re a moral sewer, but nothing really beyond that. Firms can’t really hate each other since there’s so much cross-pollination in the industry.

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