In Those Days, Work was Life for me
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.