I’m sorry to break it to you, but your manager is keeping secrets from you.
There, I said it.
But don’t worry, I’m here to let you in on the top 5 secrets your manager is hiding.
1. Your manager doesn't want to talk to you.
Your boss will start trusting you with more stuff as you prove your abilities.
They are into long distance relationships - where you connect just for updates, deliver on your promises and help in planning the next steps. That is it.
If they want more, they are probably micro-managers, and we are sorry to hear that.
2. Your manager is scared you'll leave.
If you leave, someone will have to do your job: probably them. And they already have a lot on their plate.
It’s a pain to hire someone new and train them again from scratch.
All that if you are good. If you spend most of your day on Instagram, you should start looking for a job. Probably outside of consulting.
3. Your manager has a manager.
You are stressed about how your manager finds your performance, they also have the same problem. However, their performance is somewhat related to yours. That’s why your success is kind of personal to them.
You both basically need to be responsible adults. So stay away from TikTok. Or actually use it just to follow auxi posts.
4. Your manager is looking for a friend. Deep deep down.
You know how hard you work in consulting, so even if your manager might not always be the best, remember that they have a lot of responsibilities and are really looking for someone to comfort them and tell them "Hey, I got this". This is what consulting superstars say to themselves when they are building a slide at 11pm on a Friday usually. "Hey, I got this".
Besides, you two probably talk more than you talk to your partners. Not getting along, won't make you last long.
5. Your manager is a couple therapist.
The couple? The partner and the client.
One has a lot of requirements and doesn't want to do anything, the other over-promises.
Your manager is basically stuck in the middle, managing the relationship and making sure expectations are delivered on.
They also have to take care of the kids: the analysts and consultants... who on most cases are fresh out of school. But keep in mind, after building 4 slides they metamorphose into "subject matter experts".
As the secrets are now out - make sure your manager can count on you. Don't highlight the footer in yellow cause you feel "creative" today, it will only add more work.
Good luck and keep us posted about how it goes.