"I've always been interested in people and talent management and how that manifests in organizational design."
After an injury ended her days playing field hockey, Dubai-based partner Robyn Wright wanted to stay connected to her favorite sport—so she became an umpire.
And what does that have to do with consulting, you may ask? According to Robyn, there's not much difference. "You're not playing the game. The people we consult with are the ones running their businesses," she explains. "But I am facilitating the play of the game—reading the players’ intent, blowing the whistle on poor choices, and encouraging the architects of good moves to gain competitive advantage, especially when great skills are on show.”
Robyn helps her clients keep things going and brings their games to the next level. In her work as part of Kearney's Leadership, Change, and Organization Practice, Robyn helps clients transform themselves, encouraging them to think above and beyond their old ways of doing things and moving them into the future. "I love it when we can help them to draw away from the preconceived ideas of what they can and can't do and look at a really new future—and then help them to implement it," she says.
But Robyn has not just helped make a more level playing field for her clients. She’s also worked to make Kearney a better working environment for all. In 2011, Robyn organized Kearney’s first International Women’s Day event, held in London, and the event has grown across the company. She has also served on Kearney’s European Women’s Group as well as its Middle East Group. “I really feel wedded to the success of International Women’s Day,” Robyn says.
But no matter what the project is, Robyn says one of the most rewarding parts of her job is simple: the collaborative culture at Kearney. Just as umpiring a field hockey match is a team effort, so is consulting. “We're not so big that it's rigid, but we're not so small that you can't find someone somewhere who's an expert,” she says. Additionally, Kearney's culture gives her the chance to spread her professional wings—and bring more value to her clients. After 20 years based in the UK, she transferred to the Middle East in 2018 to be involved in the large transformation work in the region and help grow the service practices inside the firm. “You get to follow your passion here because we don’t just help our clients to change, we are forever evolving and growing ourselves.”