You know you've been a consultant for too long when...
After some years working in professional services, there might be telling signs that you have been a consultant for too long. Here are 15 signs that it’s maybe time for you to consider a job change!
… someone asks you what you actually do in your job, and you fall deadly silent.
… someone asks for a meeting at 10.00 and you say am or pm?
… you refer to your child’s arts and crafts project as a deliverable.
… you use any of the following words in a social context: consensus, buy-in, robust and ‘let’s step back’, deep-dive, stress-test, stakeholder.
… you refer to getting sign-off for a night out.
… you problem solve for a plan for ‘date night’.
… you say to your partner ‘I’m coming home early tonight’ and the clock’s already hit 8 pm.
… you use colour coded Excel for your shopping list.
… you discuss new Excel functions with your (geeky) friends.
… you explain to the hotel staff what their room policy is.
… you’ve seen more films on a plane than in a cinema.
… you show new employees of the client how to get the best coffee from the machine.
… you perform a SWOT analysis on any major life decisions.
… someone refers to ‘being on the beach’ or ‘on the bench’ and you ask them about their annual billable hours.
… you use PowerPoint to design absolutely everything.
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… you receive a birthday card signed by all front desk staff from the Marriott Renaissance in Rutherford.
… you head out for dinner one weekend with your partner, you recommend “going back to that awesome restaurant…” and they say – that wasn’t me and there isn’t one of those in this city.
… you know the names of all three flight attendants on the Monday AM flight to NYC but not of your neighbour across the street.
… lifetime status at a hotel or airline becomes a positive achievement.
… the rental car or hotel staff says “It’s been a while since we’ve seen you, everything OK?”
… you arrive back to your home airport and customs ask ”where are you coming from sir….” and it’s a complete blank!
… you introduce yourself by starting with, “Good Morning, Good Afternoon and Good Evening”!
… you get to the airport, stop by your favourite diner, and the waitress already has your standard order ready.
… you start referring to the Marriott as home.
… you can unpack/repack in 15 minutes.
… you really geek out on posts like this. 😉
… you wear a Marlins hat to a Bruins hockey games.
…. you speak the wrong language to the postman.
… you have so many passwords, you can’t get into any device.
… you have to think twice before writing country of residence on the Customs re-entry form.
… you pull out the wrong currency at a local MacDonalds.
… your neighbour asks “what did you think of Sunday’s game?” and you have no idea which sport, when or where it occurred.
… you have more friends abroad than in your own country.
… your company thinks you are more loyal to it than to your community of practice.
… you are in an argument with your significant other and say “May I ask a clarifying question?”
… you get a leaving present from the receptionists at the hotel.
… you dread the thought of going to a restaurant (5 times already this week) on a weekend.
… you’re invited to the hotel staff’s Christmas night out because you’ve stayed in that hotel some many times.
… you get a 12:00 meeting request and are relieved that it’s midnight and doesn’t mess up your lunch plans.
… you know flight attendants in person.
… you teach newly on-boarded car rental staff how to process additional equipment and services.
… locals ask you for dining advice.
… you calculate the opportunity costs of the time you spend for pleasure.
… you wake up in the middle of the night and, for a few moments, not know whether you are home or not.
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