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The McKinsey Way

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  3,428 ratings  ·  281 reviews
"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 Education (first published February 1st 1999)
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Aug 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Consulting newbies.
Shelves: favorites
A very good book. Though, the best way to characterise it would be to requote from it:

I think anything I say would be too cynical.
—Former associate in the London office

Here goes a bit of tongue-in-the-cheek vocab for it:

1. “What’s the so-what?”

Translation: How is this analysis useful?

Real meaning: You’re one up on me because you’ve done a ton of complex analysis and I haven’t. Allow me to reassert my authority by challenging you to explain the purpose, and implying that while you are living i
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- 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
Feb 15, 2010 rated it did not like it
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
Sep 22, 2014 rated it did not like it
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
Antonina Sh
Jul 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Loved the book. Wonderful insights on the management skills needed for consultants, the do's and dont's. Definitely a must read for a beginner consultant.
Advait Jasoria
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was deterred from reading this book for a good two years because of the polarised reviews it has received. Readers have deemed it to be too generic, not up to date, and inadequate in providing actual insight into the firm’s operations and culture.

After having read the book, I think it’s safe to say that the disappointment of the readers is due to their highly unrealistic expectations. Most look to this book to provide a formula to doing better in their own jobs, reveal never-before-seen criti
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
Easy to read, but a lot of gimmick that praises McKinsey or author achievements too much. Some points are good and can be applied in general. Some others are specific to politics in workplace.

Key takeways:
- Make data-driven decision.
- Things at McKinsey come in threes. Three items in list, three hypothesis, three actionable items, etc.
- Structure everything: facts, framework of thinking.
- Think about the big picture: take a step back, figure out what to achieve, look at what we're doing, and ask
Jacek Bartczak
Aug 06, 2019 rated it liked it
In last months I read a couple of books somehow connected with consulting (it includes pure consultants and VC funds founders as well). Mostly to gain business insights and check how people smarter than I think about solving problems. "The McKinsey Way" doesn't give a lot of business insights (examples are very general) rather focuses on how many aspects of consulting may be structured. The author covers many topics but no so deeply. I am aware he couldn't write everything that he knew but you w ...more
Kyle C.
Apr 13, 2020 rated it liked it
This book has been hopelessly ravaged by the passage of time. It does offer insight into a nebulous industry and, although the methods are not revealed, the state of mind is. The sections that are not outdated and rendered completely useless by the use of the internet have some decent bits of information. I understand that a non-disclosure agreement limits what can be published, but I wish the author threw me a bone. I would have appreciated more insight into how they achieve their goals. This i ...more
Tyler Wright
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is a must read for anyone working in government, private sector, corporate America, or just small business. It gives high level insight on solving some of the most complex problems businesses face. McKinsey is regarded as the most prestigious consulting firm on planet earth. This book will give the reader great ideas on presentations, interviewing, brainstorming, and planning. I give it 5 stars due to the level of detail that is provided and how easy it is to implement on your own life ...more
Avishek Saha
Apr 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Very well written, filled with interesting anecdotes and practical examples. A must-read for anyone who wishes to know more about the consulting industry
Emad Aly
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of the most important and useful books. Easy to follow.
Dave Bolton
May 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Interesting enough but not super insightful. I gleaned a couple of points about how to structure thinking in a business setting, but overall it was mainly common sense. It's a quick read though so it was worth it just for the couple of takeaways.
Tung Do
Apr 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great book to have a peak into how a career at McKinsey is like.
The book also showed very smart ways of tackling a problem - "The McKinsey Way"
Some methods were very eye-opening to me.
Aug 07, 2017 rated it did not like it
Despite my better judgement, I read this after someone rather sincerely recommended it to me. Am now weighing whether to 'restructure' that relationship after enduring this book's rapidly deteriorating prose for 2 hours.
Apr 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: practical, business
The McKinsey Way is a light and enjoyable read for those who want a brief overview of what management consulting is, for those who would love a better picture of what it’s like to work at McKinsey & Company, and for those who want to understand some principles of consulting which they can apply in their work.
Although the book is fun and well structured, the book skims the surface on a wide variety of topics and doesn’t go into great detail. Because of that, I feel some chapters are worth reading
محمد بن عبدالعزيز
I believe it's one of the essential books for business development and entrepreneurs although it's all about McKinsey's management consulting experience.

Main Focuses:
- Structure Thinking for most common business situations
- Business and Data Storytelling
- Presentation skills development
- Communication skills

I saw in some points of the book that it explains trivial situations in a very boring context.

karthik Vidyaranya
Apr 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Part four is golden, rest of the parts are too mainstream towards the McKinsey.
Oct 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Book exercised pretty chill, open and simple style for the communication of what one of the most demanding jobs on Earth is about. Liked it, however some things seemed just too obvious to be written in it. Overall, I recommend this book to everybody who think they want to get engaged in solution selling even at their present spots of employment not really stepping into consulting.
some interesting for me excerpts follow
• Mckinsey is to management as Cartier is to jewels
• Firms strict policy: up
Jan Sumerakin
Jun 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Highly insightful, though a bit outdated.
Vimal Sevak
Mar 26, 2015 rated it it was ok
Hmmm , It was interesting to pick the book with big brand of " Mckinsey Way" .

I had lot of expectation with this book on business problem solving but book failed to do it. If you are just management graduate , it may found interesting but for the experienced professional its just normal guidelines.

I would love to rate it higher side if Rasiel has added some tools / technics / Models in this book . It may be because of confidentiality agreement with Mckinsey , he has not added it in the part .
Feb 25, 2010 rated it liked it
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.
Feb 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.
Deepak Imandi
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
An utter disaster. The book doesn't give a sneak-peek into the inner workings of Mckinsey, it just touches nooks and corners of the firm in a superficial manner.

Uninteresting and too boring to recommend.
Sudheendra Fadnis
Oct 05, 2019 rated it liked it
I have an omnivorous taste when it comes to reading books, and my choice of books is driven by my curiosity. If I want to learn any subject, I have a thumb rule. I would read the best 5 books written on that subject. Recently, I was fascinated by the subject of consulting, and decided to master the subject by reading the best books ever written on that subject. So,when I typed in Google, “ the best books on consulting, the book The McKinsey Way was among the top 5 books. Hence, I decided to give ...more
Aug 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
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.
Aum Panuwat
Sep 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
'The McKinsey way' taught me that every problem has a solution! so keep going
Jun 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Filled with general anecdotes about life at The Firm. I wish it was a little more elaborate. Right now, it felt like a reading an alumnus's fond tribute to his/her alma mater.
Grant Cousineau
Oct 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It appears that a number of reviewers of this book were disappointed by the lack of answers it provided, as if they were coming to uncover some secret equation or unlock some hidden truth that would make their personal and professional lives easier to analyze. But as someone who's been in the corporate game for a while, I'll start by saying that if there were ever some big secret to consulting, it'd have gone viral decades ago. Think of it this way: You can find anything you need on the dark web ...more
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Ethan M. Rasiel was a consultant in McKinsey & Co. s New York office. His clients included major companies in finance, telecommunications, computing, and consumer goods sectors. Prior to joining McKinsey, Rasiel, who earned an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, was an equity fund manager at Mercury Asset Management in London, as well as an investment banker. ...more

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