The Others. They wear dark suits, blue shirts and sometimes a tie. You can spot them while they are checking e-mails in their smartphone, walking around with an air of self-confidence, or holding conversations in the walkways of your client headquarters with full concentration irradiating from their faces.
The Others. The Others are pretty much like Us. You can even get confused the first days at your client, thinking that one of The Others works for Deloitte. But this is not the case, you will be informed very soon by a member of your team or senior management that this particular Other works for one of our competitors. You name it, McKinsey, IBM, Ernst & Young, Accenture, KPMG, PWC…
In fact, when you get to know them, they are even nice. Smart people with similar objectives than we have. Yes, that is true, they tend not to use the nice blue templates we are so fond of, but their deliverables are also of high quality. When working for the same client, I want to think that we are in the same boat. And the boat has to reach its destination safe, fast and in one piece.
During my work at the World Economic Forum, I met few of The Others, experts in water and climate change from Accenture, McKinsey and PWC. At the Forum, it was easy to be in the same team; we were not really competitors and we could each clearly operate in our area of expertise. At other clients, it might not be so easy, but still, have an open mind and enjoy the collaboration.
The Others. They are pretty much like Us.
Laura De Francisco Campillo