Project Leader, Paris
At BCG, Visionaries navigate complexity with ease. They use their insight and intuition to identify the solutions that will create lasting impact. Emmanuelle goes deep to understand challenges.
At BCG, you learn how to replace "I don't know" with "I will try".
After my training as an engineer, I wished to keep on solving complex issues but could not see how, on my level, I could have true business impact. In one of my very first assignments at BCG, a senior partner told me that young consultants should not consider themselves as mere executing subordinates but should, on the contrary, propose ideas and fully contribute to the fulfillment of assignments.
Today, as a project leader, this is precisely what I am expecting from—and encouraging within—my teams. I lead our works, but they also must come up with new ideas. As a matter of fact, successful assignments and people development do depend on team spirit and collaboration.
Emmanuelle is an engineer from the French Supelec school and holds a master of science from Imperial College London.
Q: How has BCG helped you grow and succeed?
A: At BCG, I learned how to propose potential changes to more senior people. Successive experiences also teach you how to convince clients and develop a relationship of trust with them, in order to help them implement recommendations. Trainings in leadership with other BCG project leaders from around the world, but also relationships with strong personalities—BCGers and clients—help us grow more quickly.
Q: What international experiences have been the most interesting for you?
A: When I was a young consultant at BCG, I spent three months in India—in Mumbai and Calcutta, far away from my culture and usual environment—working with a client in the building and public works sector. Whereas French people think long and hard before investing one single euro, Indian people go for it in order to prevent anyone else from doing so before them! It was a highly formative experience, as I realized how much recommendations may vary from one country to another based on the context and environment our clients operate in.
Q: Why is BCG a good place for a woman to work?
A: Not only does a project-based organization make it easier to deal with maternity leave but BCG also makes significant efforts to prevent taking leave from limiting your career. One of our female principals has just been appointed partner, and she works part-time to take care of her children. Last, specific trainings and mentoring are proposed to women on a voluntary basis.