House of Lies: How Management Consultants Steal Your Watch and Then Tell You the Time Paperback – 5 May 2005
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This highly intelligent and deeply funny debut memoir skewers a segment of the economy that nearly every white-collar worker has learned to fear and loathe: consultancies. . . . His reconstructed dialogue from within his (unnamed) firm and from his time serving clients is alone with the price of admission. "Publishers Weekly
A more entertaining book about business is unlikely to appear for a long time. "Economist.com""
Exceedingly smart and funny ... Kihn's breezy, Jay McInerney-inspired writing renders the damnable daily life of the management consultant precisely, often hilariously. "Salon.com"" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A dark but bitingly funny behind-the-scenes look at the consulting industry in the tradition of Liar's Poker and Monkey BusinessSee all Product Description
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If you are thinking of becoming a management/ strategy or technology consultant read this book before making that decision.
Kihn lifts the lid on the self serving consulting firms, their inability to proffer little more than repackaged data and the clever use of a language and culture to protect their vested interests and hideous cultures.
Companies run by partners and VP's, whom a large proportion are sociopathic and driven by personal greed. Men and women prepared to sacrifice their home lives, health, relationships and quality of life (universal payback) for the Babylonian mirages of money, vanity, status and ego ..
This book is funny and dark too. .. Kihn (former MTV writer and Columbia MBA) joins Booz Allen Hamilton in New York and injects the book with a fresh ironic wit to make his points. His depth of insight is valuable as well as his ability to extract some of the more dysfunctional elements of an industry built on intellectual snobbery, stabbings and shamings. The book is thought provoking and although not written in a moralizing style it contains Kihn's values that are good. He empathises with those would may lose their jobs in the companies the consultants work with. He explains the truth of the devaluation of humanity within this sphere as people are fired and the game is to survive, and not look over your shoulder and consider those whom you have trampled on to do so.
Two other core truths Martin Kihn exposes are
1. Consultants actually don't know much. Therefore there is a series of cover ups and masks used to hide this fact and it is a game of manipulation via smoke, mirrors, vocabulary and image.Read more ›
I like the book: I have been a strategy consultant/case leader at a big-name firm for nigh on five years now, and I must say that the book is quite correct in its description of what it feels like to be a strategy consultant.
The book is still current/relevant today: consulting is one of the few types of enterprise the commercial model of which hasn't changed since the first Partner began pimping out younger rent-a-brains to client organisations for a fat premium.
The book is very entertaining: it is well written, wonderfully funny - with a juicy sense of irony and the absurdity of business life - and very observing about human nature.
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moments of laugh out loud funny but not quite as sustained as I'd hoped. unruspricingly very US centric. not really like the TV show. worth a read but not outstandingPublished on 20 July 2014 by finbar
This book has no proper structure, is very American oriented and is really not recommended. It reads like it was written by a very disorganised person. Read morePublished on 8 Sept. 2007 by Amazon Customer