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NOT-SO-CORPORATE (by The Abundance Psyche)

NOT-SO-CORPORATE (by The Abundance Psyche)

By Sudeshna Sen
This is the Not-so-Corporate podcast (a part of The Abundance Psyche) where we talk about taking not so corporate actions to become an entrepreneur both within and outside the corporate setting. We are a community of Corporate Entrepreneurs who talk about business, life stories, neuroscience, and spirituality. You can find us on or @theabundancepsyche on Instagram
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How do you get to leadership roles? How do you become the CEO of a huge company?
It’s a question I used to regularly ponder over and have spent countless numbers of hours researching. And what I found was it is good to be the CEO of a company but actually, far more important than that, is how do you become the CEO of your career?  This is a topic that I have been talking quite a lot about this of late because I believe in owning our careers, being the directors of our careers, and indeed, the CEO of our careers, is how you claw back the locus of control and responsibility to yourself. You and only you are responsible for your career.  It is one thing to say you own your own destiny but a totally different thing to approach it as a CEO runs their businesses. This requires you to put in place the key elements that make a successful business in your career.   #mckinsey #pwc #ey #deloitte #kpmg #bain #bcg #korukids #consultant #managementconsulting #managementconsultant  #careercoach #careeradvice #growthmindset #ceomindset #personalfinance #finance
February 18, 2021
McKinsey Consultant to Start-up CEO (Life after Consulting)
McKinsey consulting to disrupting London's start-up scene - today I have with me, a very special lady who has actually been an inspiration to me without probably even realizing that she was. She is an ex McKinsey consultant turned startup CEO. And she runs one of the coolest, and yet, I think, most valuable of London startups. She runs Koru Kids, which basically, is a technology company that helps parents with childcare. And as a new parent myself, I have realized that this was certainly one of the things that was missing from the startup scene here in London.  If you want the transcript instead, go here.
February 11, 2021
Do career gaps matter? And how to explain them in your CV and Interviews
Career gaps!   Are career gaps common?   How do I explain career gaps in my CV and interviews?   Do employers care about career gaps?   These are some questions about career gaps I keep getting asked on repeat! And in fact, these are questions that I used to obsess with before I had a career gap in my career.  So I have a few pieces of advice with hindsight     1. Your first career break is the only time you will worry about a career gap 2. You only need to worry if you have not “grown” during a gap 3. You don’t need to worry about short breaks when you’re in a creative job that’s future proof 4. Try to be in touch with your network of people even through the gap years 5. No, you don’t need to prepare for setbacks!   Get the CV and LinkedIn checklists that will keep you on your networking game through the gap, so that you are on top of mind even when you are taking a break:  #career #careergaps #careergoals #employmentgap #employmentgaps #careergap
February 4, 2021
Why would a mid-tenure senior Big Four (PwC, Strategy&) Consulting Partner Quit?
Today, we are answering why former PwC Partner, David Lancefield left Big Four.  This is a really special episode. I was in awe of David through my Strategy& (PwC) days. I have with me the very special David Lancefield.  He is a former Strategy&, and PwC partner. David helps leaders improve their performance and deliver extraordinary results by using his expertise and experience as a strategy consultant, as an exec coach, and as a business leader. He has worked with 35 CEOs, led more than 500 projects, structured 15 digital ventures, and has had 14 years of experience in Strategy& in PwC as a Partner. His clients include the BBC, Royal Mail, NHS, Vodafone, all of the big names that you can think of. He is also a regular contributor to the HBR, Strategy& Business, Forbes, and FT, on about- the critical paradoxes of corporate life, human and technology, professional and personal, corporate and individual leadership and management, exploration and exploitation.   Connect to David on:  And if you're looking for a Consulting exit guide, you'll find it here:  #managementconsulting #managementconsultant #bigfour #big4 #lifeafterbigfour #pwc #deloitte #ey #kpmg #mbb #mckinsey #strategy& #accenture #bain #bcg #consulting #strategy #leadership #people
January 28, 2021
Should I quit my job during a pandemic?
  Should I quit my job right now, at the peak of a pandemic? When is the right time to quit? How do you know when to leave your job? Do you have to hate your job to start thinking of leaving?  One of my readers asked me last week, “Should I quit my job because quite a lot of my managers and seniors who she adores and respects are leaving the company?  She joined the company to get mentorship and sponsorship that she thought would be good for her. Now, because they are leaving, should she leave?   I'm sure this is not a unique question. We always tend to wonder when is the right time to leave that job.   Now I’m going to give you 2 pieces of advice. It will seem strange but bear with me...  Advice ONE - being a top performer at your current job should be a non-negotiable.   And advice TWO which might sound counterintuitive, but actually, in some ways, you should always be looking for a job.   If you still need more support, apply for a free call here.  #jobsearch #dreamjob #careerchange #careercoach #managementconsultant #managementconsulting #careeradvice #jobseeking #resume
January 21, 2021
Corporate employee to online Excel trainer, Dan Stockdale
How do you leverage your skills to build a business? It doesn't always need to be the coolest tech start-up. Meet my friend Dan from PwC who built a business on top of his excellent Excel skills. Are you a reader like me? Here's the transcript. And if you love this stuff, get on my insider's list. Dan's details: Website:  LinkedIn:  Facebook:  YouTube:
January 14, 2021
How do I get a promotion? How do I ask her out? How do I get a raise?
So many of us ask these questions over and over again to ourselves on repeat, assuming that the powers that be won't answer our prayers. But more often than not, we assume without asking. Is that you? Then you need to listen to this episode and understand why asking is enormously more powerful than assuming. We also touch upon why praying works instead of hoping for the best. Because we are all about science and practical spirituality here!  Want more stuff? Get onto my insider's list and pick a gift:  #howtogetanything #howtoask
January 7, 2021
How to stick to new year resolutions?
If you're here on the new year, HAPPY NEW YEAR. If you're here because you're contemplating on breaking new year resolutions, get a piece of pen and paper and do this exercise with me. It will work whether it's a new year or not!  We always tend to look at new year resolutions through shoulds and musts. In reality, what we would rather do is to flip it on its head and be curious about what we are doing and what we need to do. No judgement. Only curiosity.  Approach working through your goals like this and you'll witness your life transform.  Want to work with me? Fill up the form to apply for a free strategy session:
December 31, 2020
This year has been hard on all of us. But Christmas isn't cancelled. In fact, it is even more important to celebrate this year.  Celebrations are not about religion or meaningless rituals. A celebration is about feeling the joy and abundance in your heart. A celebration is about letting the dopamine flow so that you keep doing the things that have gotten you here in life.   In fact, I have a few Christmas gifts for you ON:  Grab your copy and enjoy!  Editing by:
December 24, 2020
Management Consultant at Accenture to Meditation Guru | Neomal Silva and Sudeshna Sen
How to beat consulting burnout? Start meditating!  How do you exit consulting and become a meditation guru?   Download the free consulting exit guide from   I bet you've probably never asked yourself that question. Yet here I am with my very special guest, Neomal Silva who used to be a Consultant at Accenture and now initiates people into meditation.   Want to be in our vibe? Download Neo's book.
December 17, 2020
How to be more productive? Stop saying this...
"I HATE WASTING TIME!"  I've had this internal script for as long as I can remember. It is in fact one that has helped me be ruthlessly productive. But like every script, it's day has come to retire.  Why?  Because as I started @theabundancepsyche, this script led me to an Instagram overdose and business fatigue. Because I hate wasting time, if the baby takes 2 hours to go to bed, I am beside him and keep obsessing about numbers on Insta and email open rate and what not...   Because that's not wasting time. BUT SOMEHOW lying down beside a baby is!   I couldn't do it any longer. My brain needed rest and my family, job, and clients needed the best version of me. Not the most productive version of me.  It took me ages to figure out the mental switch from this script that has served me so well to the current one on the post-it note. But I'm committed to protecting my time and energy for those who truly matter.  Do you hate wasting time too?   #timemanagement #productivity #timewaste #theabundancepsyche  "
December 11, 2020
Life after Consulting | Consulting exit | Chatting with ex-Deloitte Consultant, Amanda Wright
Today, I am with the very special Amanda Wright from the Wright company. With 15 years of experience as a management consultant in Deloitte, Amanda is the founder of her own six-figure solo consulting business. And she can actually show you the straight path to quickly launch your own business. So all of you who have been telling me that launching a business is scary. Amanda is here to help. And Amanda holds an MBA with a specialization in finance. She also is a BSc in molecular biology, and she's earned a project management professional designation as well. Along with all the smarts, she also has two lovely children. And she is a supporter of women who want to earn their own worth.
December 3, 2020
WONDER HOW PEOPLE PIVOT IN THEIR CAREERS FOR BIGGER INCOME AND IMPACT? They seem to have it all sorted out! Raises, promotions, and even career pivots come easy! Who are these people? How did they pivot their careers? And can I do the same? Of course, you can! And it’s surprisingly “easy breezy”... well that’s what the feel it should be anyway. Because dream jobs are not meant to make your work 5X harder! But, how do you get into a different job when you feel like you don't really have the skills for it? Everyone seems to be talking about career pivots and you might be wondering where they are really getting the skills for because the university didn’t teach them that! Did they retrain? Take a bunch of courses? Or were they just lucky? Today, I'm going to share with you the five-step method that will actually get your CV ready for the next job. 1. Identify your dream job 2. Figure out what are the skills that you need to be excellent at this job 3. Figure out your transferable skills What are the skills that you already have, from your current life, from your previous jobs, from your previous life experiences, and put those into the bucket for skills I already possess? 4. Do a gap analysis What are the skills they need? What are the skills that you have missing? Once you've done the gap analysis, go get the skills that you need to have on your resume for getting the job 5. The final step is actually getting your CV. And so important these days, actually getting your LinkedIn ready to be found for those jobs. Do you have a question regarding career change? Drop it below. #careerchange #consulting #managementconsulting
November 26, 2020
Hi friends, this is Sudeshna and in this episode, you learn a bit about my career journey so far.
November 19, 2020