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What’s the toughest lesson consulting has taught you? Been in the game for 6 years and learned this year the hard way that life ain’t fair

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4o yrs in the biz, retired a few months ago. What I learned? Nothing is forever. You’re on a crappy project you can’t stand, but it eventually ends and you realize you learned some stuff about yourself and other people. Next project, great experience. Never want it to end. But it eventually ends. You suck it up and go to the next one. Maybe get stuck on a proposal for 6 weeks, all nighters, max stress. But eventually the proposal is done and submitted. Wash, rinse, repeat. Occasionally you will make a difference. Hopefully you make some decent money. Make sure you have a life outside of work too. Don’t let being a consultant define you. You are so much more than that. Breathe. There are worse ways to make a living. And what people my age always say is true, time goes by fast.

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Don’t complain about”stupid Clients”

Without them we’d be unemployed

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.Most people are untrustworthy. Consulting is filled with overachievers with anxious attachment styles mixed in with corporate psychopaths. Shark infested waters, so do not bleed!

.If you are a confident and capable woman, many people will try to undermine you, but some people will admire and support you.

.The penis effect is real. Having a man repeat your idea or advocate for your idea will often give your idea more weight and a better chance of being implemented. Double points if you can get a white man to do it.

.Never say anything bad about anyone to anyone. You cannot trust your coworkers.

.Maintain your dignity. Do not people please. Being nicer will not make them respect you or treat you better. In fact, it may make things worse. Counterintuitive but true.

.If at all possible don’t burn bridges. But some motherfuckers need to be cut off.

.TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS. There are a lot of gaslighters in consulting.

.Learn how to BS. All the climbers have this skill.

-A Black Woman

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Thank you!

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Can’t trust a lot of your colleagues

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Consulting firms hire smart people with low self esteem because they want types that are always trying to achieve and will push everything aside for that carrot. You can’t depend on your clients or your engagement teams for validation. Stay in your lane, know what you want, and put on silencing headphones when ratings get released.

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@Accenture 2: I hope that works out for you 🤷🏻‍♂️

Luck > who you know > managing up > experience > EQ > hard work > IQ > your degree

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As my dad always said, "isn't it interesting how you seem to get luckier the harder you work?"

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4 years in consulting. I’m pretty sure I added $0 value to my clients. Also the initial thrill of traveling and everything wore off. I’m so exhausted and I feel that I have no solid skill.

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M5- Yeah, I’d do that once a week too and go explore the airport terminal bars before my flight home.

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Basing your self-worth on your performance will only lead to a deeper depression than the one you’re already in

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Save your files. Often.

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Or when watching Fox News

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Having a title doesn’t make someone a leader.

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Favouritism, bias, discrimination and sexual harassment are all real

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Age discrimination is huge!

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Learned that consulting is for psychopaths

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Office politics can be bad anywhere, no ones job is ever permanent, stable or guaranteed in any way. Give employers the loyalty they deserve 0. Always negotiate raises when leaving a position. Keep many irons in the fire so you can jump ship at a moments notice. I only stay where I am because no one will offer me more. 😂🤣 my loyalty runs deep...

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A guy a few years ago explained it pretty well. There are pimps and hoes in this industry. No matter who we work for we’re hoes. The pimp always gets their cut. He didn’t really care who his pimp of the week was. It was a funny analogy, but it wasn’t wrong.

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Consulting industry is overrated. I think more companies will realize the charade in the future.

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Lol at LEK1, fair point, but the larger picture is anyone can do what we do. Many companies are chartered, formed, grown and thrive without consulting help. They might hirer former consultants or hire consultants for highly specialized technical one off needs, large tech implementations, enterprise risk design etc. But for strategic consulting, the Vol of our work will drastically shrink if for instance, corporate competitors pay more to hirer the right staffing mix. STEMs and other backgrounds that flock to consulting pay more and provide more opportunities for staff to experience variability and pay and career growth similar to consulting. If we where to lose that pipeline of staff to the companies that hirer us more frequently, we will see demand shrink and supply of talent to grow will be limited

Better said a different way, how many consultants will exist if pay and pay growth was on par with F500? Will companies all die at that point?

Assumption is the mother of all fuckups

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It taught me not to work for people who don't support you. It's very difficult to make that judgment in the first engagement or year. I learned how to judge people and teams after several "backstabbing" incidents. Lol. No matter how much work you do, if there's favoritism in the team, you will never be able to outsmart and your ratings will be lower. Also, some managers take their own sweet time to review the work you submitted a month back. So you have to put up with the BS at the last minute, last night before presentation. Cancel all ur plans and work all night fixing things based on the feedback.
It can get on ur nerves so be ready for such demanding harassers.

And never ever work on your counselor's project!!!!!

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You can always change CC. You get to control that part at least :)

You are gonna do a lot of shit and get little recognition

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D4, Money is just for your time, your energy, your life spent for the work you do for someone. Recognition is over and above the work and extra miles you have walked for someone to get things done. That's why it is called as compensation rather than just 'money'.
Understand the difference buddy.

And yes, stop raging.

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1. Being successful on engagements with clients carries less weight than internal politics when it comes to your career

2. If you do not become a shark you will be consumed by the ones around you. You have to fight for what you want at your firm

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I should have been taking notes apparently.

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1. Document everything, even the most minor interaction. People/clients will back stab you so be prepared.
2. Some ppl claim to want to mentor you, but truly they just want the title of a mentor.
3. Do not get involved in politics. People will tell you the don’t like certain ppl but play two faced.
4. The first weeks of an engagement are critical. If you lose your clients trust then it is over... Unless you have management backing you up.

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That you can do your most kickass, best in class, passionate work for your client but they may never fully implement it internally or embrace it to the depth and degree that the quality of work deserves. You just have to let it go. Hurt a ton in the beginning but I had to reframe my definition of on a job well done.

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Cottage group 1 - Yes 😁 exactly. For one of my current clients I’m having to recycle what was shared a while ago and rephrase it. Sometimes the reccos are just too much too early for their Corp journey.

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