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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Short, clear introduction into management consultancy
McKinsey & Company is a world-famous strategic consulting company, also known as "The Firm". Ethan Rasiel worked at McKinsey & Co. for several years and provides a quick, clear introduction into management consulting firm's problem solving methods. "I wrote this book with the goal of communicating new and useful skills to everyone who wants to be more efficient and...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Just awful
If I could have given it a zero, I would have. I've worked for McKinsey for the past twelve years, and I was stunned at the lack of insight in this book. Even the few observations the author got right are out of date, as the Firm has changed quite a bit in the past few years and this author left McKinsey quite a while ago. I can't imagine how he ever sold this one...
Published on 25 Aug 1999


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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Uncommon Sense - No Decision Trees Or Calculus Equations!!!!, 31 Aug 1999
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This review is from: The McKinsey Way: Using the Techniques of the World's Top Strategic Consultants to Help You and Your Business (Hardcover)
As you scan the other reviews you'll notice that they are heavily weighted toward both extremely high and low reviews. WHAT'S GOING ON?....
The McKinsey Way is all about uncommon sense: the stuff that leaves you saying "Well, duh," but may not have occured to you otherwise. Regard the low investment (<$20.00) as an option on your mind: you may actually learn of a new way to look at problems. If so, the book is worth well more than the low price and may actually pay dividends throughout your career; If not, the book is a quick and entertaining read and, in the end, you're out less than the price of a tank of gas.
Recommendation: Take a chance, read this book!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Short Classic, 2 Mar 1999
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This review is from: The McKinsey Way: Using the Techniques of the World's Top Strategic Consultants to Help You and Your Business (Hardcover)
I really enjoyed reading this - from the descriptions of how to structure problem solving and displaying information visually, to the snippets on consulting life. I wish I had this when I was interviewing with consulting firms, although his info on case interviews is cursory. I plan to use this to augment my firm's training. I just wish it was longer, and that there were more books out there like it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read..., 8 Aug 1999
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This review is from: The McKinsey Way: Using the Techniques of the World's Top Strategic Consultants to Help You and Your Business (Hardcover)
As of one of the architects for a major online bank, I read this book to learn about Mckinsey as they are heavily utilized within the organization. I found the book to be very complete in the Mckinsey way. The chapter that I liked was on being MECE (Mutually Exclusive, Completely Exhaustive).
I recommend this as a must-read for COO's, CEO's, CIO's, I.T. Architects and Marketing managers.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Most disappointing business book I've bought in 10 years, 16 Jun 1999
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This review is from: The McKinsey Way: Using the Techniques of the World's Top Strategic Consultants to Help You and Your Business (Hardcover)
When you see the name McKinsey in the title and the author promises he'll tell you how the world's most prestigious consulting firm does it, you expect a lot. But unfortunately this book does not deliver. As so many other Amazon reader/reviewers said, save your money. There are so many other good management books that provide far more advice and practical information.
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1.0 out of 5 stars This book is what McKinsey is about..., 9 Aug 2005
This review is from: The McKinsey Way: Using the Techniques of the World's Top Strategic Consultants to Help You and Your Business (Hardcover)
This book is unintentionally a clear representation of these "elite" consulting firms:
- Too expensive for what it is
- Nice cover and picture ... but big letters and no content (have a read of the "Surviving at McKinsey" chapter for a good laugh)
- Inflated ego (eg: "McKinsey is to management as Cartier is to jewels...")
If any young MBA's hope to find a few hints to enter the "ivory tower", don't look here.
In conclusion, please find my "strategic recommendation" about this book: don't buy it. This advise is worth a few dollars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent guide for any business man!, 20 May 1999
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This review is from: The McKinsey Way: Using the Techniques of the World's Top Strategic Consultants to Help You and Your Business (Hardcover)
This is one of the best guides that describes the consultant's every day's life. It shows how one of the best strategic firm works and it helps to replicate it in our own business/life. It should be read by any business man, especially those who takes decisions every day and manages a company's part.It's really excellent.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Obviously, this book is merely a marketing effort, 8 Mar 1999
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This review is from: The McKinsey Way: Using the Techniques of the World's Top Strategic Consultants to Help You and Your Business (Hardcover)
I had great expectations about this book. After all, McKinsey consultants enjoy a very good reputation. However, I was amazed to find this book extremely superficial. I hope this is not the type of analysis that this consulting firm does. Obviously, this book is just a marketing effort, not an intellectual exercise.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars, 9 July 2014
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This review is from: The McKinsey Way: Using the Techniques of the World's Top Strategic Consultants to Help You and Your Business (Hardcover)
its good
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, 10 April 1999
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This review is from: The McKinsey Way: Using the Techniques of the World's Top Strategic Consultants to Help You and Your Business (Hardcover)
Provided a useful look inside how McKinsey creates value for clients. For an "insider's" look inside Mckinsey also recommend the "Vault Reports Guide to McKinsey" a detailed report on McKinsey from VaultReports.com or Amazon. "The McKinsey Way" is worth reading!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars McKinsey is very good at posturing, 22 April 1999
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This review is from: The McKinsey Way: Using the Techniques of the World's Top Strategic Consultants to Help You and Your Business (Hardcover)
Pretty straight forward stuff. McKinsey's success is based on it's network and it's reputation for brainiacs. Period. They've been long known for not getting their hands dirty with actual "implementation" -- an image they're trying to change.
A couple of things that I wish to correct about this book.
1) The reason they keep their client names confidential is not because they're guarding top-secret information. Simply put, what client wants it getting around that they have to pay a fortune for outside help to run their company?
2) The author never mentions the real reason that McKinsey doesn't have to sell: McKinsey actively encourages officers and consultants to join other firms in order to expand their network. This is how they market. McKinsey alumni become CEOs and CEOs request McKinsey's services.
On another note, I disagree with McKinsey's promotion criteria which is bases merit upon "raw intelligence" over a person's ability to manage client relations and cause change to happen (i.e. people with flat personalities and large craniums reign).
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