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So as manager how do you deal when half your team is on bench and can’t find any other opportunities. Do you just go with flow and watch them go?

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This seems like an ironic question coming from a “performance” consultant

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Watch them go where? Leave the company?

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Sounds like he’s trying to keep his pod together but can’t find any work to keep them together. So his team members are finding other work to move onto piecemeal

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As a manager, aren’t you supposed to be selling work? If you want to keep them together, go out and find some money. This is the most annoying thing about managers and directors. You don’t have a 60% utilization target for nothing.

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Are you in public or private? Tenure is sometimes a double edged sword in consulting. You promote a whole bunch of people who don’t know how to sell who have to rely on 50 different teams to meet their sales targets. This is something that’s happening in my sector right now. If you can’t bring in the money, you shouldn’t make it past senior consultant. These same directors and managers will look back at consultants and analysts and say they aren’t hitting their utilization because they can’t sell work! It’s a farce.

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If you’re my manager, yeah.

Wait, I’m supposed to be on projects with other people who report to my manager? I don’t think that ever happens here 😂

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