Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Finally, we get a movie ...

So I heard about this movie - Up in the Air. It stars George Clooney as a management consultant, "trying to get 1 million frequent flyer miles". Should be interesting.

Anyone from Toronto? - apparently it is premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival from September 10-19. If someone here goes to see it, perhaps they could a write a review as a guest post? Or at least let us all know in the comments what its like.

I have been jokingly thinking about a consulting movie, given I am working in the film industry at the moment. As per usual, someone else has stolen my idea :)

Thursday, August 20, 2009

One more thing ...

A codicil to the last post. Turns out my "team", the junior consultant, has been pulled to a billable project. I am so screwed. Looks like I will be pushing back some business school apps to round 2. Fun times.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Managing Teams

So for the past couple of weeks (actually a month now that I think about it), I have been working on what I had thought would be a nice easy pro bono project in the world of film. Unfortunately, it seems nothing is ever nice and easy in the world of consulting.

The seniors on the project decided in their infinite wisdom that given the low risk nature of the assignment, they would assign a lowly senior consultant (me), to run the damn thing. This has meant that, for no more incentives, I have been stressing for the last four weeks like never before.

I never quite appreciated the jolt to the heart a manager gets when the junior consultant cant answer questions about the numbers, or presents numbers that change day to day with no good reason. Maybe I am too invested in it, or have too high expectations, but sometimes I feel like I just need to grab control of all the detailed work myself, so I know its right.

This is balanced by my desire to not emulate the worst job managers I have worked with. I have no desire to be the work until 2am guy (even though we did that a couple of days ago), and I find the idea of making people work on the weekend abhorrent. I worry sometimes though that in my desire to be an nice guy, I am not sufficiently preparing my junior consultant for the rigours of real world consulting.

All in all, I think its been a formative experience, although one that is not over yet. Due to the size of our organisation, this will probably be a rare event until a promotion or two away, but I think I will take away some valuable lessons on managing people. I haven’t got enough distance yet to work out what those are, but I will post when I do. Any thoughts would be welcome.

Next post – a discussion on an interesting quirk on the film distribution industry.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Disappearing Comments

It appears comments have been disappearing. Email me at consultant.insider@gmail.com and let me know if it happened to yours so I can see how widespread the problem is. I have no idea why its happening - apologies.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Business School Essays – Not Easy

Why is it so hard to do B-School apps? I am having immense trouble doing mine – working on my Columbia essays at the moment. I think its because I am not used to writing about myself.

Any sage bits of wisdom from those who have done it before?