A steep learning curve

Christiaan Lensvelt, Associate Consultant


Erasmus University Rotterdam

MSc, Quantitative Finance

BSc, Econometrics and Operational Research

One of the central themes I remember from my analyst induction training at Eden McCallum is the emphasis on “feedback culture”. The first time I heard this phrase I was inclined to dismiss this as another business expression that won’t noticeably affect your daily work. Fortunately, I have found out that at Eden McCallum feedback culture is not a hollow phrase, but rather a central concept.

Feedback culture forms part of Eden McCallum’s DNA. It has been embedded in my work for the past few years, through feedback sessions with project managers, clients my ‘mentor’ within Eden McCallum. It is reinforced by an open culture that allows you to freely give (and receive) feedback across the firm. The consultants on each of my projects have been incredibly supportive of my development, committing to monthly feedback sessions on longer engagements, and weekly sessions on short projects.

During my time as Eden McCallum, I feel that feedback has played a significant role in accelerating my development and progression into an associate consultant. I had received a lot of responsibility as an analyst – storylining, leading workshops, data modeling – but as an associate consultant the role you play within the team expands even further. On my last project, I was leading two client teams and organizing workshops on-site in Asia, and currently I am staffed independently on a short term engagement.

I have come to realise a lot about my strengths and natural talents, what I can contribute to teams, my preferred ways of working, and in what settings I work best. I feel that since I have started at Eden McCallum, I have not only picked up the necessary skillsets to succeed in consulting, but have also learned a tremendous amount about myself. I look forward to continuing the journey.

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