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  • Taschenbuch: 288 Seiten
  • Verlag: Business Plus; Auflage: Reissue (8. März 2006)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0446696382
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446696388
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,2 x 2,2 x 22,9 cm
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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

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A former stand-up comic who decides to go straight and get a real job by going to business school, Marty Kihn writes of his first two years at his consulting career. In it, he details the essence of the life he leads: how consultants are always on the prowl to make major corporations into clients, then tell them little or nothing about what they already do, and of course, speak with great authority on topics they know nothing about. All the while, Kihn writes, management consultants receive erroneous feedback from mean-spirited colleagues while being used as a pawn in bloody corporate power struggles. It's all in a day's work - but hey, it pays the bills quite handsomely. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Al P. am 10. April 2014
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Das Buch ist nett und leicht geschrieben und beinhaltet viele Anekdoten. Mit der Serie ist es aber (außer durch das Thema) nicht wirklich verbunden - was nicht schlecht ist, aber einige vielleicht enttäuschen könnte.
Ich habe dieses Buch sehr genossen, könnte gleichzeitig aber auch viele Informationen über Consulting und Business-Schooling mitnehmen.
Eine absolute Kaufempfehlung, für alle die sich - nicht wirklich streng - mit Consulting auseinandersetzen. Eine Anleitung mit Consultants umzugehen oder einer zu werden ist es aber nicht.
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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von roo am 5. September 2013
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selbst wer business english-kundig ist, kann hier eine Menge dazulernen. Analytischer als die Serie, involviert stärker. Empfehlenswert für alle, die Unternehmensberater bezahlen, sie steuern, mit ihnen arbeiten, welche sind oder welche kennen
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Von Rolf Dobelli am 14. Juli 2005
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This unusual, entertaining business book covers one man's experience working for an unnamed, but top-line consulting firm. Author Martin Kihn tells unvarnished stories about working with clients who mix ambiguous problems with political infighting. The consulting firms he describes come off as unbalanced organizations with barely functioning teams and aged political hierarchies. Then there are the bleak working conditions and long weeks of travel, described in ways that completely dispel the glamorous myth of the globetrotting consultant. Throughout, Kihn keeps the story moving and funny, even though he sometimes gets too caught up in his own cleverness. Now and then, he seems to restrain his real opinion and the resulting conclusion seems flimsy compared to his other material, but soon he gets back to deflating jargon and popping myths. Even though it is an additional rock being hurled in the hailstorm of consultant bashing, we recommend this funny, informative book to anyone working with consultants or considering a consulting career.
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First of all I want to mention that I do recommend this book to people interested in consulting. The author presents easy to read and entertaining anecdotes from his time at Booz & Company. He does this with a healthy portion of humor and sarcasm. However, at times the reader gets a bit lost in the author's ramblings about certain topics. The book feels a bit unstructured, which is ironic because management consultants are said to be on of the most structured and linear people on the planet. In addition, one does not really learn anything new about the consulting industry. The book does not extend beyond the usual clichés. Anyone who has seen the show on tv will also notice that it has almost nothing in common with the book. Three stars for the witty writing. Overall, this book is worth reading.
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23 von 27 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
Funny, Realistic Intro to Consulting, Although Highly Negative 16. Januar 2007
Von Jason E. Bradfield - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This book is a fast, fun read and a fairly realistic introduction to the negative aspects of consulting. Anyone considering a consulting career should read it to understand the downsides. The author is clearly a skilled writer, far better than most business writers. He is also very funny. It is rare to read a book that is a quick read, funny, and informative all at the same time. That's why I gave it five stars. The author touches on several aspects of consulting. He discusses a bit of his experience at Columbia Business Schools. The bulk of the book is taken up by his discussion of a couple of his consulting assignments. This is very much a worse-case scenario book. Most people don't have such a negative experience, but it is vitally important for those interested in consulting to be aware of what can and often does go wrong. I also think the author may not have been all that seriously interested in consulting as a career.

This book is especially useful for those who are trying to decide whether or not to go into consulting; many people become consultants just because that's what others do or because there is supposedly a lot of money to be made. Read this book before you make the decision to target consulting firms in your job hunt. If you read it and still are excited about consulting, then you will probably be a pretty good "fit' for consulting.
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If you are a consultant you will relate to parts of it... 18. Juli 2005
Von Garrett - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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A friend reccomended this book to me. It more depressed me than anything (because it so accurately describes me)

There are some good points in the book:

1. The consulting feedback and review process is a joke

2. All consulting firms are the same, except McKinsey which is just the same but better

3. Travel is probably the worst part of the job and points are mostly worthless

There are some things that made me think:

1. Why do I hate Sheratons but tolerate Marriott

2. Why am I obsessed with my luggage

3. Why do I get so excited at recruiting events

He also accurately describes a lot of the unspoken rules. Such as never eating in groups in the caffeteria.

There are a few funny bits as well.

I certanly wouldn't compare it to Liars Poker (not even in the same league) and the point about not having a point is well taken, its a bit rambling.

If you are a consultant you won't be able to put it down. Everyone else will just scratch their heads.
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Dark, funny and on the money.. 6. Juni 2005
Von Red&Read - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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From someone who works in this industry, Martin Kihn has hit a lot of nails on the head in the mode of 'Snapshots from Hell' and 'Liars Poker'.

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. Then it is about reprocessing data and packaging it nicely for the client... for a lot of money. That only comes about because people BELIEVE in consultants however the majority of these people have a vested interest in the consulting industry or have too much of your money in their budgets (read government departments for one).

2. The demands made on young consultants. The shams and tricks to get young people to work in these firms and with a deluded enthusiasm believe that

a) They are highly valuable contributors to society/ the economy

b) The best of the best (breeding mentality ground for young sociopaths)

It does not make easy reading thinking what consultants have to do in their early years `to make it'. The travel, denial of family, the hours and the ghastly culture in which their teams works. At best you feel a sense of compassion at worst you feel that McKinsey, Accenture etc are worth a visit from Amnesty International.

Basically if you believe the hype of these firms and that they make a valid contribution to industry, society and the lives they touch, you will see this book as a Michael Mooresque expose. You won't get it.. as contempt prior to investigation with see that the book gets swiftly binned.

If you are willing to be open minded or hold a Master in healthy questioning it's a must for the beach or bench...

Thank you Mr Kihn for writing this book......
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Right Up There with Stanley Bing 7. September 2005
Von Kendall V. Scott - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This riotous book stands with the work of Mr. Bing, my longtime favorite "business" writer. The idea that anyone would read this to learn anything about management consulting strikes me as pretty silly; after all, at the end of the day, Marty's not trying to boil the ocean--he's simply trying to put a stake in the ground and then add value so he can increase his billability just in case he gets counseled out. (Hey, Marty, did I pass my consultant-speak audition?) Start at the end, with the faux acknowledgments--"negativity of the pissants around him," brilliant! It's FUNNY, people! Get a grip!
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Interesting ... 28. Dezember 2013
Von Irfan A. Alvi - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Judging from the previous reviews, this book is rather polarizing, largely 'love it or hate it'. I can see why. It's simultaneously rambling, witty, sarcastic, cynical, mocking, depressing, funny, self-loathing, self-admiring, superficial, probing, etc. ... in no particular order. But if you know what to expect and have a taste for this sort of incoherent hodgepodge - as I do - the writing is fairly entertaining and sometimes even genuinely insightful.

The other key question is whether the book accurately portrays management consulting (mc), whether mc is really a 'house of lies'. I have no firsthand experience in that regard, but I certainly want to know, so I read every prior review to help me judge that. My conclusion? The negatives of mc are somewhat exaggerated, and the positives are downplayed (I'm inclined to think that if mc always has zero to negative value, never being able to add positive value, it wouldn't have survived and grown over the course of decades). But, sadly, a somewhat negative overall assessment may not be off the mark.

So I give the book 4 stars for writing and 4 stars for accuracy of content, thus 4 stars overall. Recommended if you have an interest in mc or business in general.

PS - A TV series of the same title was created based on this book, and is worth watching, but note that the series takes many liberties relative to the book.
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