What did you do before joining?
After graduating in mechanical engineering I spent 7 years in the car industry, learning about lean manufacturing. When I came to McKinsey, the main difference was the incredible freedom to chart my own path. You don’t wait for a manager to look after you; you make things happen for yourself.
Now I focus on supporting clients in the pharmaceutical and chemicals industries as they implement lean management to unlock extra capacity, improve quality, and reduce energy consumption.
What new skills have you developed?
The soft-skills training I’ve had has helped me know myself better, understand how I like to work, and appreciate what triggers particular behavior in myself and others. It’s also enabled me to improve my personal interactions in and out of the office, as well as changing how I perceive people and handle challenging situations.
Is it difficult to achieve the right work-life balance?
Not if you know what to expect and plan ahead. I tell the teams I work with that I can’t work on weekends because my time is fully booked. I give work priority during the week and try to get everything done by Friday so I have a couple days to recharge.
What are you most proud of?
Every time I do a lean implementation project I feel proud, because it doesn’t just improve performance, it helps people find smarter ways to work by communicating and collaborating more effectively. For me, what I do is all about making work a better place for everyone.