Speaking to the EY Ireland, I understood more clearly the pressures any new partner is under.
It’s a crucial question we need to answer: how do you deliver at this level and look after yourself?
Even when there’s a genuine duty of care, (which credit due, I see in all of the big four I work with) partners operate in the legacy of endurance culture, in a boundaryless environment where your smart phone provides hundreds of opportunities each week to over-extend yourself with no respite.
It is a feature (not a bug) of any client services organisation to have a digital avalanche of tasks, sky high client expectations, and now increasing responsibility to look after the wellbeing of your team.
In the midst of all of this, where is the space for the senior leader holding it down? No easy answers, but I’m glad we’re able to speak about it openly and find new approaches.
It’s hard but also special sharing my story with Irish people. It strikes a deeper chord given our shared upbringing. I’m realising more and more that I miss home, so grateful that I at least have this opportunity to work here 💚