In Those Days, Work was Life for me

The Economic Times - - Front Page - The brief I was given and what I did in the first 100 days at work The best lead­er­ship les­son I learnt How I man­aged my

job was with Coop­ers and Ly­brand as a man­age­ment con­sul­tant in 1993. I got thrown into the deep end of the pool and was put on con­sult­ing projects right away. One of my projects was for an FMCG com­pany to de­velop a strat­egy to re­struc­ture the busi­ness and put it on the growth path. The sec­ond project was for an iron and steel com­pany to look at what fi­nan­cial re­struc­tur­ing will be needed to build ca­pac­ity for growth. I was at­tached with an en­gage­ment man­ager on the projects and my brief was quite sim­ply to learn to ex­cel as a con­sul­tant and be a good ap­pren­tice to the en­gage­ment man­ager. Dur­ing this time, I di­vided my time broadly be­tween 3 ac­tiv­i­ties — meet­ing a lot of suc­cess­ful con­sul­tants at the firm and un­der­stand­ing what made them tick, work­ing closely with the en­gage­ment man­agers for 20X6 days to try and over-deliver on the projects, and get­ting to know the firm re­ally well.

two great lead­er­ship lessons I learnt. First that there is no sub­sti­tute for work­ing hard. And sec­ond that it is as im­por­tant to build your EQ as it is to build your IQ.

days, work was life for me. I was ex­tremely ex­cited and life was all about work.

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