Q&A with Mike Bentley

What are your favorite books?

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Anything written by the Greek philosophers , William Shakespeare or Terry Pratchett . Strategy by Liddell Hart , anything by Asimov , the poetry of Hart Crane and about 5,000 other books in my house . I read as much as I can across as many genres as I can . The Roman dramatist , Terence , wrote ‘ nothing human is alien to me ‘ which seems to suggest having as broad a spectrum as you can and finding the ‘good’ in any genre .

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General question: can you change the culture of a 4,000 personal organization in 3 months? I think you can set up a framework but real cultural change takes time. And Nov/Dec doesn’t seem like the ideal time to do it. I ask because trying to find a way to present this to my boss with proof points.

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Raise your hands if you can't wait until your coworkers give up their crash January diets and go back to being a less cranky human 🙋

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Cuomo should stop using the Coronavirus conference for state budget/bailouts. That's politics. It was fine talking about beds, testing, cases etc. Leave the budget stuff for a different conference.

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When you're proud of PwC for not doing layoffs, but your coworkers start disappearing left and right for "performance separations" and now you have a meeting invite with a partner/HR tomorrow morning.

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Why aren’t advertising compensation packages competitive anymore? TC (total compensation) packages at FAANG and other tech companies still offer RSUs, bonuses, promotions and better amenities.

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How often do “advisory folks” get a chance to work with “consulting” counterparts in the big 4? I heard under certain circumstances , there are opportunities for advisory to work on consulting proj.

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Altitude sickness help. I have nausea bracelets and take Dramamine. But no matter what I get sick. Happens if I eat/drink or don't, if I read or don't, if I watch TV or try to sleep. Any suggestions?

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Was supposed to go out with a guy tonight. Now it’s 6pm and haven’t heard anything. (Talked this morning. Texted a few hours ago & never heard back). So I guess UberEATS and HGTV in the hotel room? 🙄🙄

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What’s a good book to read when starting a new job/after a promotion?

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If I'd want to move from midtier to B4 as a new staff 2, would I be in line with making senior come promotion time?

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Has anyone gotten a COVID-19 nasal swab test in the city? If so, where and how much out of pocket did it cost?

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Building off the OoO auto reply posts I have now received 2 auto replies from clients just saying they were logged off for the weekend and would return on Monday. Is this a new thing with wfh? Anyone seeing or doing this?

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Curious what’s everyone’s coffee intake while WFH? I’m at 4 cups a day and don’t know if that’s a good or bad thing

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In my career (3 YOE) I’ve always worked in the Financial Services industry but have always had a passion for Life Science and Health Care and want to work in those industries instead. I’ve heard from multiple people at the PPMD level that this is a common situation and many people want to switch between those industries. Is this true? Are there other industries that people like to switch between? Why do you think this is?

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This has been a year for flying firsts: first two go-arounds to start the year and now an emergency landing at CLT

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Just spoke to a Bain recruiter who encouraged me to apply. I know a referral can guarantee me the interview spot, anyone willing to maybe help? Strategy Consultant with strong casing skills!

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If money and time (and Covid) where not a barrier, what would your pivot be?

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Wait for M promotion and bonus (if that even happens) or just field industry options now?

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Best hotel rates / codes in Toronto & Montreal please

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This is such a bad time to be on the bench.

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