Top Management Consulting Books and Summaries

  • The McKinsey Way, by former McKinsey & Company associate Ethan M. Rasiel, provides a through-the-keyhole perspective on the way this worldwide consulting institution approaches--and solves--the myriad professional problems encountered by its high-powered clientele. His goal, Rasiel writes, is simple: to communicate "new and useful skills to everyone who wants to be more useful in their business." He then does so by explaining the highly structured, fact-based proprietary methodology that McKinseyites are taught to employ with their Fortune 100 clients, complete with details on the entire process from first considering the basic situation at hand through finally selling a solution to the appropriate powers that be.
  • All of the critical steps (assembling a team, managing a hierarchy, doing research, conducting interviews, brainstorming) are broken down into specific actions and fleshed out with applicable examples that Rasiel has gathered through interviews with dozens of other former McKinsey employees. The concluding sections on surviving the mythically grueling pace at the organization, known simply to insiders as "the Firm," are designed to help readers successfully tackle the similar challenges and obstacles they regularly face in their own work environments. --Howard Rothman
  • How many times have you written an email at work, read it back and found that it didn't make as much sense as you'd hoped? or worse, someone else has told you that they can't follow it. The Pyramid Principle will show you how to communicate your ideas clearly and succinctly. Barbara Minto reveals that the mind automatically sorts information into distinctive pyramidal groupings. However, if any group of ideas are arranged into a pyramid structure in the first place, not only will it save valuable time and effort to write, it will take even less effort to read and comprehend it. The Pyramid Principle explains how to: think creatively, reason lucidly, and express ideas with clarity define complex problems and establish the objectives of any document assess your ideas and recognize their relative importance structure your reasoning into a coherent and transparent argument analyze your argument to confirm its effectiveness. The clear communication of ideas, whether to clients, colleagues or the management board, is a key factor in determining personal success.Applying the Pyramid Principle will enable you to present your thinking so clearly that the ideas move off the page and into the reader's mind with a minimum of effort and a maximum of effect.
  • Bring your ideas to life!
  • Easy to read . . . a practical guide for top managers on how to reinvent an existing business - not by pretending to be something different, but by building on the inherent strength of a company. A very timely and relevant publication for a topic that preoccupies many of us in a world of disruption. -- Prof. Dr * Chair of Entrepreneurial Finance, Center for Entrepreneurial and Financial Studies, Technical University of Munich *
  • Bouee and Schaible manage to encapsulate the unique mystery of entrepreneurship . . . always its original spirit needs to be kept alive to challenge the status quo, the only way to propel organizations to greatness. -- Pascal Cagni * General Manager & Vice President of Apple Europe (2000-2012); Chairman Business France *
  • This book demonstrates, through convincing methods and illustrative examples, how an organization can succeed by combining managerial discipline with audacious innovation. -- Louis Schweitzer * former CEO and Chairman of Renault; high-ranking French civil servant; Grand Officer of the Legion of Honour *
  • "This book is a must read for managers and business leaders. Visual thinking frees your mind to solve problems in unique and effective ways."
    -Temple Grandin, author of Thinking in Pictures
  • "If you observe the way people read or listen to things in the early 21st century, you realize that there aren't many of us left with a linear attention span. Visual information is much more interesting than verbal information. So if you want to make a point, do it with images, pictures or graphics...Dan Roam is the first visual consultant for the customer. And the message sticks."
    -Roger Black, Media design leader, author of Websites That Work
  • "Simplicity. This is Dan Roam's message in The Back of the Napkin. We all dread business meetings with their mountains of documents and the endless bulleted power points. Roam cuts through all that to demonstrate how the use of simple drawings-executed while the audience watches-communicate infinitely better than those complex presentations. Is a picture truly worth a thousand words? Having told us how to communicate with pictures, Roam rounds out his message by explaining that 'We don't show insight-inspiring pictures because it saves a thousand words; we show it because it elicits the thousand words that make the greatest difference.' And that is communication that works."
    -Bill Yenne, author of Guinness: The 250 Year Quest for the Perfect Pin
  • Carl Stern CEO, Boston Consulting Group An invaluable road map to all those who seek to develop truly special relationships with their clients.
  • Tom Peters author of The Professional Service 50 This is a brilliant -- and practical -- book. In our "world gone mad," trust is, paradoxically, more important than ever.
  • William F. Stasior senior chairman and former CEO, Booz-Allen & Hamilton This book is engaging, enjoyable, and absolutely on target. It is packed with truth. The Trusted Advisor will guide success not just in the advisory professions but in leadership and life as well.
  • Professor Charles Fombrun Leonard N. Stern School of Business, New York University The Trusted Advisor gets to the heart and soul of the advice business. This path-breaking book is a must-read.