What would be the reason why you would have someone on or off a project?

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antwortete am 24. März 2020
McKinsey / ex-Interviewer at McKinsey / I will coach you to rock those interviews

It’s a tricky question because consultants need to balance between a) interests of their clients and b) interests of their people (keeping the talent happy and creating opportunities for growth).

For on the project:

  • If the client really wants the person and you feel like the person can contribute;
  • If the person’s professional profile fits your project and you feel like the person can contribute;
  • If the person is super motivated to join and you feel like, even though the person doesn’t have required experienced, by the sheer energy they will be able to create impact.

For off the project:

  • If the person doesn’t deliver and feedback discussions as well as mentoring didn’t help
  • If the person has an issue with the client – they cannot find a good way of working together and mediation didn’t help
  • If the person undermines team’s work – and again, your intervention didn’t help

Hope this helps!


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antwortete am 30. März 2020
Strategy&| ex-interviewer | 170+ coached over career |95% success @ MBB, S&, RB, LEK, OW, Big4 [SUCCESS STORIES BELOW]

As a job manager, the way you put together the right team can be the difference between a successful engagement (with sell-on) and a burned client relationship.

When I was managing engagements, I thought about (in order):

  • If I could rely on them for their work
  • If they were hard-working, diligent and always (over)delivered
  • If they had worked in the sector
  • If they were fun to be around and grab a beer with
  • If they had preexisting relationships with the client
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Reinoud antwortete am 19. Apr. 2022

I would say trustworthiness is the most important reason for me to have someone on or off a project. And someone is trustworthy if open in the communication, honest about things he or she is able to do or not, motivated to contribute effort, and eager to develop with the team. Capability is also an important factor to have someone on or off, but trustworthiness comes first.

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Göksemin Fatma antwortete am 9. Aug. 2021


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Anonym J antwortete am 24. Sept. 2022

On project: Relation with the client. Motivated. Knowledge.

Off project: Bad client relationship. Bad review. Undisciplined with DDL.

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Anonym H antwortete am 31. Mai 2022



Some degree of experience and/or knowledge

Prior work on similar/client


Inadequacy with the subject

Bad client relationship

Disorganized and unable to meet deadline

Bad review from coach/client

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Anonym B antwortete am 4. Aug. 2021

Are they able to deliver under pressure

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Anonym I antwortete am 27. Juli 2022

we can have different field of expertise which may or may not be required for a particular project. Or there is someone better we may include and for that we have to make space by letting one of the present team member go.


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Anonym G antwortete am 24. März 2022


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Anonym F antwortete am 22. März 2022

Tem player or not

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Anonym E antwortete am 16. Feb. 2022

On Project: Skill, connections, attitude, ambitions

off: lack of knowledge or communication skills

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Anonym D antwortete am 12. Jan. 2022

Their motivation. Even if they are not very good at it, if they are motivated it would usually be worth the time to teach them into becoming a better consultant.

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Lukas antwortete am 13. Dez. 2021

The most important for me would be that he or she is motivated. 

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Hadiqa antwortete am 1. Dez. 2021

Stubborn and someone who is imposing their ideas/thoughts.

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Anonym C antwortete am 12. Okt. 2021

There are different criteria for a project team member:

- Personal fit (team player or not? self-responsibility? …)

- Useful expertise?

- Personal motivation?

- Project-specific experience?

- Enough time for the project?

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antwortete am 30. Sept. 2020
McKinsey | Awarded professor at Master in Management @ IE | MBA at MIT |+180 students coached | Integrated FIT Guide aut


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