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The McKinsey Mind

Understanding and Implementing the Problem-Solving Tools and Management Techniques of the World's Top Strategic Consulting Firm
Narrated by: Marc Cashman
Length: 5 hrs and 13 mins
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Summary

The groundbreaking follow-up to the international best seller - a 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 listeners just can't seem to get enough of all things McKinsey. Now, hot on the heels of his acclaimed international best seller The McKinsey Way, Ethan Rasiel brings listeners a powerful new guide to putting McKinsey concepts and skills into action: The 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 listeners up and running.

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For beginners

Narration was absolutely fine.
Content is very basic. My background is medical not management, but I was curious how consultancy worked. Most of the concepts come intuitively anyway and there can be a lot of transferable skills, mainly from the clinical audit process. Peppered with a few good ideas here and there. Not sure what I expected, but I suppose the high profile of McKinsey gave me high hopes for something "revelatory". Okay listen/read for beginners.

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Disappointing

Wouldn't recommend this one at all, no real take away ponts from each chapter. Poor

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Be careful if not a Management Consultant

Some of the theories taught in this book will work across the pantheon of consulting fields, others simply will not. I work in the Technology Sector and the practises lauded by McKinsey simply wouldn't fly with my clients. I think people are far too savvy to notice when they're being played on and subjected to techniques like this.
That said, there are some good practises as well - but a lot of it is common sense. If you're solving the problem before you've completely analysed it, you're not consulting, you're probably a politician, most likely responsible for Brexit.

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  • Patrick M Mendez
  • 12-08-16

Great Read

This book should be taught to students in their undergraduate business program as a staple of how to be successful in any business setting.

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  • Eric Ochieng
  • 15-07-15

A must read...

Not much to say that this audiobook didn't already say. If you're at any stage in your professional career you would benefit from what the author and narrator is saying.

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  • Stian Kjellhov
  • 12-05-19

Skinn deep

Generalized tips. Too few examples to give proper insight to use of the priciples. Not recomended.

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  • Adam
  • 07-04-16

The book and reader are "okay"

I wasn't really impressed by the book and while the reader was tolerable he didn't make want to listen to the book more.

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  • Helene
  • 17-11-15

A good book

This is a good book that gives me some good ideas. I give it 3 stars because this book covers too wide topics. Maybe it tries to suits both junior and senior people but end up not satisfying for both. That being said, if you have a long commute, I highly recommend you to take a listen and pick up things that are relevant to you!

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  • Blair C
  • 01-12-19

Basic understanding of the firm

this book provides a basic understanding of the general precepts of McKinsey's methodology but provides little in terms of tangible ideas that can be put into practice on a regular basis.

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  • kelly's
  • 08-05-19

not what I what I hoped or expected

No moment of wow, I never thought of that. The narrative sounded arrogant. The stories and analogies did not grab your attention. I finished the audio and I cannot remember one thing that was said. simply not interesting.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-02-19

Chalkful of good advice

Great listen for the ambitious young professional. Mentorship and honesty you probably won't get from your firm.

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  • Victoria Diaz
  • 28-11-18

Terrible reader

This sounds like a phenomenal book but found myself distracted by the poor reading and robot sound like script. This book could greatly benefit with someone reading that sounds like there is more emotion in words.

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  • Sean O.
  • 06-08-18

insightful

Great, actionable information. I will buy the print book, I can see myself referring to it periodically.