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Can you think of a situation where you led a team through a difficult situation / conflict / crisis when you still needed to achieve an important goal together?

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New answer on May 22, 2024
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Anonymous A asked on Oct 06, 2019

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Anonymous E replied on Dec 20, 2023

Near 5 months ago, the startup where I used to work had a little financial crisis and with it we lost some employees. One of them was responsible for an entire area of product development. Even without the complete knowledge, I assumed the area, trained and turned to be a potential in which the board wanted to keep for the future of the company.

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Anonymous F updated the answer on May 22, 2024

needed to achieve an important goal

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Janine replied on Feb 04, 2024

Ja, wir mussten eine ausgelaufene Vertragsbeziehung, welche mit der notwendigen Abrechnungsgrundlage hoher Preise einhergeht, rückgängig machen um Erlöse pro Tag zu sichern. Nebenbei mussten wir in der direkten Implementierung einer neuen Station beim Mandantn vor Ort helfen und ein neues Mandat konzeptionieren.

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Daniel
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replied on Mar 24, 2020
McKinsey / ex-Interviewer at McKinsey / I will coach you to rock those interviews

This question is a part of McKinsey personal fit Leadership dimension. Here it’s important to focus on a few things while telling your story:

  • Highlight your interpersonal skills, i.e. focus on how you felt, what you thought about how other people felt, and why you thought other people acted some way or the other (vs focusing on content of the problem);
  • Show that you are able to take initiative, also in a difficult situation like this one;
  • Demonstrate that you can efficiently work with all kinds of people, no matter how difficult they are.

Best,
Daniel

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Anonymous D updated the answer on Nov 07, 2023

I was in charge to lead team after our leader resigned 2 months after my joining date. We had to deliver the projects maintain team morale and ensure clients were not affected. I laid our regular catch ups gave my insights and experience and ensured that this difficult time is managed well.

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Jacob replied on Jul 05, 2023

Yes, I led a team through my MIS class. I allocated deliverables and task for each group mate and led them to get an A grade on the final!

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Ferdinand replied on Jun 01, 2022

deliver results during prime day throughout different time zones and ongoing negotiations 

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Anonymous C replied on Dec 16, 2021

Kill them all

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Jakob replied on Nov 08, 2021

we had a project in school were I as president to decide over details over a event. It was messy but ultimately we came together as a team and suceeded in implementing it

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Anonymous B replied on Mar 17, 2021

Worked on project with interns

Deadline was shifted one week sooner.

Took over lead of group and tried to manage tasks efficiently and make sure we could deliver.

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Clara
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replied on Jul 16, 2020
McKinsey | Awarded professor at Master in Management @ IE | MBA at MIT |+180 students coached | Integrated FIT Guide aut

Hello!

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