Odyssey: The Life and Career of a Senior Consultant

Darden Business Publishing Cases

ISSN: 2474-7890

Publication date: 20 January 2017


Link to Multimedia Whoosh, is that all there is? On the eve of becoming a partner at a well-known consulting firm (“the stuff MBA dreams are made of”), a senior executive starts to question what he is doing with his life. Walt Shill had graduated eight years earlier from the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia and had worked his way up at McKinsey Consulting to become the first American partner in the Japanese office. Shill and his family move back to the United States, where he starts to question his goals. For the first time, it seems that Shill has no target to aim for. Having had reached his goals, Shill sets out on an adventure to seek his own meaning of life. He gets into good-enough shape to take a cross-country bicycle ride, which he completes. This undisguised case tells Shill's story and what he learned along the way. It ends with Shill's promise to himself to be less judgmental and to start walking through life with eyes wide open. A teaching note is available to registered faculty.



Clawson, J. and Bevan, G. (2017), "Odyssey: The Life and Career of a Senior Consultant", Darden Business Publishing Cases. https://doi.org/10.1108/case.darden.2016.000219

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