There have been several instances during my career where I have had the chance to renew my role and explore new opportunities.

How do you chart your own course at McKinsey?

There have been several instances during my career where I have had the chance to renew my role and explore new opportunities.

At one such juncture, my professional-development manager suggested that I reach out to six senior partners leading different service lines to explore what I was most passionate about. After some thoughtful discussions, I discovered one area that was particularly interesting, and I was able to join the project the following week.

As a manager, how have you helped your colleagues grow in their roles?

Shortly after becoming a research manager, I heard about an initiative to develop a global learning program for research managers. Given my own experience, I was excited by the chance to help others in a similar situation. I expressed my interest and was invited to join. Over the next several months, the team members across the Americas, Asia, and Europe worked intensely and quickly made progress. One of the most exciting shared experiences was our mutual commitment to maintaining momentum on the program’s development, even while working on it “off hours.” Today, our learning program is delivered to new research managers across all regions.

How do you maintain a good work-life balance?

Early on, in a discussion about work–life balance, one of my mentors said, “Work will take as much as you will give.” It did not resonate at first, but I’ve come to understand it over time. My colleagues are highly supportive of one another and willing to accommodate specific individual needs. For example, at the start of a new project, we’ll often have a team discussion about balancing work and outside commitments, including sharing our general availability and preferences. Going into a project this way helps everyone remain mindful and supportive of each other’s needs to help maintain that balance.