The McKinsey Mind: Understanding and Implementing the Problem-Solving Tools and Management Techniques of the World’s Top Strategic Consulting Firm

The McKinsey Mind: Understanding and Implementing the Problem-Solving Tools and Management Techniques of the World’s Top Strategic Consulting Firm

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The groundbreaking follow-up to the international bestseller­­a hands-on guide to putting McKinsey techniques to work in your organization

McKinsey & Company is the most respected and most secretive consulting firm in the world, and business readers just can’t seem to get enough of all things McKinsey. Now, hot on the heels of his acclaimed international bestseller The McKinsey Way, Ethan Rasiel brings readers a powerful new guide to putting McKinsey concepts and skills into action­­The McKinsey Mind. While the first book used case studies and anecdotes from former and current McKinseyites to describe how “the firm” solves the thorniest business problems of their A-list clients, The McKinsey Mind goes a giant step further. It explains, step-by-step, how to use McKinsey tools, techniques and strategies to solve an array of core business problems and to make any business venture more successful.

Designed to work as a stand-alone guide or together with The McKinsey Way, The McKinsey Mind follows the same critically acclaimed style and format as its predecessor. In this book authors Rasiel and Friga expand upon the lessons found in The McKinsey Way with real-world examples, parables, and easy-to-do exercises designed to get readers up and running.

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  1. S. S. Yao "fireballinthesky" says:
    215 of 230 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    More of the same!, October 10, 2001
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    This review is from: The McKinsey Mind: Understanding and Implementing the Problem-Solving Tools and Management Techniques of the World’s Top Strategic Consulting Firm (Hardcover)

    This book is more talk and no walk. The book itself does not detail anything new and is very similar to their previous book (The McKinsey Way). Infact the authors themselves (in the introductory section of the first chapter) mention that they cannot delve into McKinsey methodologies, but have gone on to describe methodologies that are _like_ the ones used at McKinsey.

    If you have read the contents page, you have read the book (this may sound harsh, but its true). Also the book is brand leveraged and does not even talk about the McKinsey ways. All the authors do, is interview some ex McKinsey consultants and get high level opinions from them. Extremely superficial read.

    Do yourself a favor – go get a quantitative business analysis book like:
    1. Quantitative Business Analysis: Text and Cases by Bodily, et al
    2. Quantitative Analysis for Management by Bonini, et al

    - and you will have learnt much more than this book can offer. You can then realize what you learnt into daily decision making.

    Not recommended. Save your money.

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  2. Anonymous says:
    87 of 90 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    Skip McK Mind, Go for McK Way, December 14, 2002
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    S. S. Yao “fireballinthesky” (Vancouver Canada) –
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    This review is from: The McKinsey Mind: Understanding and Implementing the Problem-Solving Tools and Management Techniques of the World’s Top Strategic Consulting Firm (Hardcover)

    For MBAs or others interested in getting a peek inside McKinsey & Company, just read Rasiels previous book, the McKinsey Way. With some experience working as an Associate (consultant) in New York office, he is eloquent in pointing out the basic consulting skills and some nice-to-have insights into how McKinseyites work. Actually I would recommend Pyramid Principles by Barbara Minto for any MBA student trying to understand how McKinsey consultants think and reason (it will help you in job interviews too), though it is not very reader-friendly and may take you quite some work to understand it.

    I agree with a previous reviewer that there are no additional insights on how McKinsey works. I would say Rasiel tried but failed miserably. Like a two-year GE manager trying to describe how Welsh ran GE, Rasiel bit off more than he could chew by trying fathom how McKinsey partners or senior people work and run the firm. 60% of his comments are totally wrong and the worst thing is it would be difficult for outsiders to tell which is right from wrong. Rasiel also tried to stay very high-level and common sensical which basically made most of the book useless.

    Skip this one. Dont waste your time and money.

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  3. Anonymous says:
    40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
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    Yes, Jeff Skilling is the most famous McK alum right now, March 17, 2002
    By A Customer
    This review is from: The McKinsey Mind: Understanding and Implementing the Problem-Solving Tools and Management Techniques of the World’s Top Strategic Consulting Firm (Hardcover)

    In the introduction the authors cite three McKinsey alums (those that left McKinsey to pursue other careers) who became famous in the biz world: one of them is Jeff Skilling, the ex-CEO of Enron who lied without blinking at Congress hearings!

    I work as a member of the CSS at the McKinsey NYO and find that the book won’t help you a bit whether you are looking to find a job at McKinsey, looking to enhance your position at the firm (and thus to avoid getting “counseled out”), or just wanting to learn how “the Firm” discovers magic pills for corporate diseases. The book follows the same hollow structure as Rasiel’s first book and is half a rip-off of McKinsey’s BCR training program (plus the ILW and some from the ELW) and half useless interviews with McKinsey alumni who boast after they received the latter end of the “up-or-out” policy they were able to show how inferior their new employers were on the management IQ scale. If you want concrete case studies — which is why I picked up the book — it contains none. It does contain more words than the “McKinsey Way” book, but nothing that will set fire to your imagination or career or profits.

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