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The McKinsey Way

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"If more business books were as useful, concise, and just plain fun to read as THE MCKINSEY WAY, the business world would be a better place." --Julie Bick, best-selling author of ALL I REALLY NEED TO KNOW IN BUSINESS I LEARNED AT MICROSOFT. "Enlivened by witty anecdotes, THE MCKINSEY WAY contains valuable lessons on widely diverse topics such as marketing, interviewing, te ...more
Hardcover, 187 pages
Published February 22nd 1999 by McGraw-Hill Companies (first published February 1st 1999)
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Ahmed Bin Madhi أحمد بن ماضي


- Simple language, very accessible and follows a logical flow of topics

- Short. You can read it in a short/mid flight (not that I did:)

- Structured approach for many commonsensical things business professionals naturally do (some may see this as a con)

- Some useful tips here and there (e.g. interviewing tips)


- Not much insight as one would expect from the book title.. no mind blowing/eye opening revelations about McKinsey’s inner workings

- Too generalist (though I believe one should no
Boyd Coleman
This is the most worthless book ever written. Some of the McKinsey wisdom:

Put charts in you presentations to display data. Really!?

A good assistant is priceless. I was thinking of someday getting an awful one.

Don't become a work-a-holic? hmmmm.....

Every problem has 3 causes and 3 solutions. That would make solving problems easier. If only it were true! That's not how you solve problems, that's how you sell solutions to clients! Consultants suck.

I hope for nobody else to waste their money on this
Книги от действующих и бывших партнёров McKinsey подобны огню принесённых Прометеем для людей из Олимпа, и эта не исключение.

McKinsey это одна из колыбелей где рождаются и задаются стандарты ведения и управления бизнес процессов и бизнеса в целом.

Эта книга будет очень полезна не только для людей и компаний, которые работают в консалтинговом бизнесе. Знания, принципы, ценности и методы роботы одной из самых известных консалтинговых компаний можно и обязательно нужно перенести в свой бизнес.
Antonina Sh
This is the first book I started my digging into consulting industry with - and I think I made the right choice. A very fast and easy reading, I'd say even fascinating. Great for the starters, to give you a general insight into the industry and how it works. Actually, I guess anyone in business management/corporate world would find something useful to get out of it. Some really helpful advise and tips.
It helped me understand what I really want to do, and where to start. That being said, I'll pr
This must be interesting for anyone interested in consulting. The author goes about describing how it is to work for this company, how it is all fact-based and how most consultants are very intelligent and work hard. This is fair and probably useful for those.
However it is disturbing that being so intelligent, he does not dare to step the the following level of thinking and provide some stronger appraisal of what it is REALLY like working for the company. A first shortcoming is the repetition of
Essentially doesnt offer too much insight into the tools that make McConsulting so valued. However, it is a very simple read touting the basic tenets of problem solving, the lifestyle of a consultant, the "firm"'s ethos touched upon on a superficial basis. Takeaways...MECE, information flow, doing the best one can within time and resource limits, hypothesis driven approaches etc.
This book has:

1. lots of trivial advice (be organized, use charts...)
2. tiny bits of interesting (but not world-shattering) concepts (e.g. MECE) described in a shallow enough detail so that it won't help you all that much
3. McKinsey-ites work long hours*. You'll hear that on every second page.
4. mixture of boring business stories with occasional glances of the borderline sociopathic business power-player archetype.

There are also bits that are clearly incorrect, mostly when he tries to branch ou
Interesting insight into life as a consultant at McKinsey. Read more as if it were a how-to manual for consultants entering McKinsey than a very practical methodology of applying McKinsey principles to your business. Would categorize it as a career guide more than a management book.
This book could be your preliminary coursework on How to be a Consultant?
Very lucidly written and replete with example from the company itself this book is indispensable if you want to know the life about the life of a consultant.
Eric T.
Not a bad book necessarily, but I think its utility is limited for many people. Almost exclusively written through the perspective of the management consultant, its tone and contents are rather elitist at times.

As far as the advice goes, there are several highlights. These areas include hypohesis-driven problem solving, "don't reinvent the wheel", brainstorming, conducting interviews, obtaining organizational buy-in, and pre-wiring presentations for success. These concepts are certainly non-aca
This is basically the Bible at my job for managers. I read it because I've been craving some sort of business/management/leadership advice, and work wasn't filling the craving all the way.

The McKinsey Way tells about the specific methods McKinsey Consulting uses when solving business problems, how to deal with clients and travel and how to manage your life while you're doing it.

I'm an engineer, so I went to school to learn how to solve problems, and have been working solving business problems b
Penulis buku ini berusaha untuk mengemukakan seperti apa pola pikir dan metode pemecahan masalah yang digunakan dalam sebuah perusahaan konsultan manajemen sekelas McKinsey. Ini tema yang menarik, namun sayangnya materi yang disampaikan oleh penulis terasa kurang menarik dan cukup banyak yang sudah diketahui lewat kuliah ataupun berdasarkan common sense.

Permasalahan lain dari buku ini adalah perbedaan jaman yang sudah cukup jauh. Saat buku ini diterbitkan (1999), perkembangan internet belum sema
Sidhartha Barik
This is must for all MBA students. The book provides a great insight to what and how things are done in one of the greatest consultancy firm in the whole world.

Ethan being one of the former employees brings in his book, the same level of quality that is there in McKinsey. This is, clear and well structured, mutually exclusive, to the point & concise. The book is structured in 5 parts, first 3 says, how to approach a problem, work on it and then sell it to client.(however Ethan repeatedly say
Kanti Brahma
Business problems are known to be higly complex and organic. The McKinsey Way highlights how simple methods can be and infact are deployed to crack the complexity of business problems. The book explains how to start, where to start, how to approach, how to arrive at conclusion and where to compromise and how to make your suggestions acceptable to the clients.
Ethan's simple and lucid illustration, logical structure makes the book an easy read. The book is like a consulting bootcamp that teaches
John Jamison
Quite a narrow handbook, but good brain food for anyone going into professional services. Although you may not work in a company that is run in this way (I hardly think that McKinsey itself still follows all of these tips), there are several practical ideas that you'll find yourself highlighting and referring to before your next pitch meeting.
One of my favourite business books and it remains interesting even after multiple readings. Most suitable for someone in the field of Sales, Business Analysis and Consulting ofcourse. Lucid language, clear action points and relevant examples makes this book a must-have on any professional's book shelf.
After reading through the book, I find it talked mainly about what people already know about McKinsey and consulting. It does cover the job consultants do in McKinsey, however, no deep analysis into any topic. If a comment is needed, I have to say that I have hoped a more informative book before.
The McKinsey Way is a great introductory book that outlines some of the core methodologies as well as lessons from the Firm.
It is a fun and quick read, loaded with real examples from the days author spent at the Firm.
Towards the end however, especially around book IV, things get a bit too general and examples sourced from the same individuals. But to be fair to the author, unless a formal research is conducted over many years, repeats and overlaps can only be expected regardless of how proficie
A very packed list of guidelines regarding the Firm, consulting and working in intense corporate environment in general. It was a page turner and it made me feel a better person as I was thinking about its content, thus inspiring in its own way.
The ideas weren't as thought-provoking as I expected them to be. Probably it has been too long since it was written, and lots of knowledge has been shared in this industry.
Ricardo Campos
A book that every consultant should read and use in their everyday work. Good advice on the structure of the thought process involved in solving problems. A good read overall
A book with a little more deep dive into McKinsey strategy than McKinsey Mind but focused well on how to present and get a buy in from your clients. Good read.
Rajsekhar Vavilapalli
How Mckinsey works, and how a daily life of consultant would be is explained. Simple and short but lacks in depth analysis of topics discussed. Must read for MBA's.
Gokul Alex
Very good read. Authentic narrative. A lot of examples and consulting tips by example.
Neatly drafted working culture of Mckinsey
Natalia Skachkova
I started reading this book 2 months after I joined one of the Big Four. Having no consulting experience before, I found this book extremely useful as it tell you a lot about how this kind of firms work and how to survive there. Consultancy firms are full of rules, that are absolutely unobvious for normal people, and those who just joined. And there are 2 ways to find out about them: to do your own mistakes, or to read this book. Plus, it is full of the proper consulting vocabulary that is used ...more
Nishi Gupta
Amazing book !!! Gives an insight into how to go about solving problem in astructured approach.
Also gives you an idea of how things work in Mc Kinsey.

This is a good book explaining how McKinsey people think, it's MACE [Mutually Exclusive, Collectively Exhaustive:]. I don't care what other reviewers are saying, I think the author does his job well. Based from his struggle and hard work in one of McKinsey's office, he has the right to say "Hiding from the fact is a recipe for failure, because eventually, truth will emerge". I think you can't call yourself an intellectual if you don't think McKinsey as challenging, so stop hiding from the fact.
Interesting, very readable. I actually read this to try and understand the CEO at my company a bit more since he used to work for McKinsey. I'm not sure I quite got that far, but I actually picked up some tips on how to approach big business problems and think about presenting them more concisely. I am definitely interested in reading more.

My only criticism would be that there wasn't enough detail, I would have actually liked a bit more meat.
Summary in 3 points:

1. This is a very light book to get to know how people in management consultancy (M.C.) (e.g. McKinsey) proceed with the projects/problems (analyse, solve, propose);
2. Many methods/frameworks are applicable to other areas, thus could be pretty useful even for everyday life;
3. Lack of depth and details. If you want to prepare for interviewing with McKinsey, or to know M.C. in depth, this is not the right one.
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