Consulting, Big-4 and
PE-Firm Leaders & Teams

at Pivotal Moments

Helping Consulting, Big-4 & PE-Firm Leaders & Teams at Pivotal Moments


Ask yourself:

  • Do you fear some of your best people may leave because you haven’t been able to connect?
  • Do you struggle to be both a leader and a manager at the same time?
  • Has your workload exploded, and you working longer and harder seems not to be the solution?
  • Do your team members appear unengaged, cynical, self-absorbed, lacking the spirit?
  • Has your managing partner indicated that you need to work on some of your quirks?
  • Do you feel stuck and are wondering, “What’s happening here? Where’s the fun gone?”

I've got news for you!

Your clients and your team members probably aren’t the problem.

The problem may be that you're all over the place and haven’t fully embraced your leadership role – and it shows.

Yes, partners focus on spotting, developing, and delivering opportunities.

And once in a new role, they hate to let go of their subject-matter-expertise heritage.

So, they make it clear to everyone that nothing will change, they’ll remain client-facing.

And, they develop little leadership chops or management skills: very little strategy, structure, systems, no rhythm or cadence, everything ad hoc, as an after-thought.

The old workload stays, plus some practice stuff, and then: NOTHING!

However, it’s a struggle. It’s clear to all.

The team turns cynical; the staff starts to disengage, practice morale starts dipping. And the leader gets frustrated.

Again, where did all the fun go?

Now, imagine this...

You are the partner everybody looks up to, and you love every second of your job.

You take care of your people and your clients because you’ve realized it’s about what you can do for them.

They understand where you plan to take the practice, what you stand for as a practice leader, the roles they may play, what help you need from them, how they can count on you.

If you have grander ambitions for yourself and your team but struggle with accelerating your progress, you should check out what I’ve got here:

Kind Words From People I've Worked With

Max has been the most impactful leader and coach for my own development and career. He has always been a great discussion partner, challenger, sounding board and advisor who provides guidance and the right spin when it matters most.

Marc Foerstemann, EY

Max is one of the most impressive characters I have met the past years. He challenged and supported me, asking profound questions, which I had not asked myself before. On top, he was an excellent translator of my own thoughts.

Christian Keyser, Treuenfels Executive Search

Max is one of the rare individuals who truly combine best-practice management consulting expertise with a genuine ability to lead. He is quick on the uptake, pragmatic and to the point and thus an inspiring person to relate and to work with.

Klaus Ewerth, Civitas International

You Should Know

I’m focusing on supporting partners, practice leaders, and executive teams in professional service firms: Big Four (and contenders), consulting, and private equity. That’s it – no auto companies, no chemical firms, no supply-chain integrators – nothing but.

The thought of helping leaders becoming more successful by assisting them in refocusing practices and themselves literally keeps me up at night. In fact, I consider it my mission in life to reduce the number of unexciting and undifferentiated practices. Care to join me? You’ll be glad you did.

What Are You Waiting For?

End of page! Don’t waste another day being stuck in the not-making-a-difference trap, a place which has started to feel distinctly unexciting and in which you don’t want to stay the next few years.