Meet a Better Miss Dawang in Boston 在波士頓遇見更好的自己

(附中文) When I received the offer from BCG in 2013, HR said: “You will be able to study in Harvard as many BCGer did!” In 2016, when I received Harvard’s offer for MBA program, I thought of what she said. Looking back to the past three years, I really appreciate all the things I learned at BCG – the most valuable lesson is courage.

Embrace the unknown with courage

When I first joined BCG, I was nervous about the intense business travels and new, unfamiliar projects. Oftentimes, every airport landing meant an entirely new client company, and I had to keep myself up to speed right away. After conducting countless interviews, market studies and town hall meetings, I learned to retain as much flexibility as possible to cope with uncertainties. I remember once when a client’s flight was seriously delayed, and I was left with only a couple of hours to prep for and preside over a project launch meeting. For another project, I led consumer interviews across several regions in China, and all the interviewees had different accents and various cultural norms. Despite that, I had to adapt quickly and report to client’s regional leadership right after the interviews. As I gained more experience, the concerns and anxieties I had over uncertainties have gradually given way to composure. I have grown to be more capable of embracing challenges with an open mind.

Recognize my shortcomings with courage

In consulting, we are faced with direct feedback from clients and from team members every single day. Throughout the project, there are formal and informal sessions where you are informed of your areas for improvement. On top of that, there is the career development committee. For many of us who were not used to facing up to problems and inspections, it was a lot of pressure. However, in a profession where fast growth is expected, you are most unlikely to get a foothold on the shoal before the next waves swarm in if you fail to recognize to your problems and rectify them at the first opportunity available. As much as we wanted to be seen as perfect and capable by our employers, given the tight timeline of our projects, you need to quickly weigh out the capability gap, seek support from team and learn from their experience in order to work together towards value creation.

Express myself with courage

In my first year with BCG, my PL pulled me aside after one meeting and asked, “You didn’t speak up at the meeting. What’s wrong? Did you not understand what we were discussing, or you didn’t know how to express your views?” It was a wake-up call for me. I was used to listening to persons of authority, staying in the comfort zone and waiting for instructions to be given by leaders. However, as far as teamwork is concerned, every member’s contribution counts. BCG attaches much importance to our ability to think independently and express our views. Since that day, I started to practice voicing my opinions and taking new initiatives. For instance, when I was involved in the study of Seoul Metropolitan Circle, I spent extra hours arranging for field studies, hiring interpreters and seeking necessary resources, and successfully brought back valuable materials, including an interview with former CEO of Hyundai Engineering Co. In retrospect, I started off not wanting to be slighted, but I ended up enjoying expressing myself at work—the whole journey of personal growth is much like a powerful boost to my self-confidence and I am so gratified.

Going forward, I am well poised to solider on carrying with me these valuable fruits I’ve garnered in BCG—and embrace my next adventures!

Note: special thanks for Ivy Wu and Jenny Chen for the translation!







第一年工作時有次開會,結束後專案經理把我拉到一旁:「剛剛會議中你都沒說話,是沒理解討論的議題、還是不知道如何表達想法?」 當時這句話在我心裡投下一枚震撼彈。過去我們總習慣讓權威發言、縮在舒適圈內等待主管的指示;然而,在團隊工作中只要有人沒貢獻,就彷彿缺了隻手腳、無法發揮全力,所以公司非常看重每個人獨立思考和表達想法的能力。從那天起我開始練習發表意見、甚至主動提案。例如:有次做首爾都市圈研究時,為瞭解當地開發情況,我額外花時間安排考察、招募翻譯、爭取內部支持。最後除了帶回許多素材之外,還和前任現代集團建設公司總裁進行成功的訪談。從一開始很膚淺的理由「不被忽視」,到後來覺得整份工作就像遊樂園般任我揮灑創造,那種心靈的滿足無可取代!




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