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

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New answer on Aug 09, 2021
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Anonymous A asked on Oct 06, 2019

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replied on Mar 24, 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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replied on Mar 30, 2020
Strategy&| ex-interviewer | 78+ coached |95% success @ MBB, S&, RB, LEK, OW, Big4 [SUCCESS STORIES BELOW]| engineer

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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Göksemin Fatma replied on Aug 09, 2021


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Anonymous B replied on Aug 04, 2021

Are they able to deliver under pressure

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replied on Sep 30, 2020
McKinsey | Awarded professor at Master in Management @ IE | MBA at MIT |+180 students coached | Integrated FIT Guide aut


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