"Once upon a time, Corporate America paid certain people huge fees to tell organizations what they were doing wrong. These men and women really knew next to nothing. They trashed businesses, destroyed careers, and wasted time and money. They called themselves Management Consultants. I know them well. I was one of them. Welcome to the House of Lies."
When Martin Kihn joined a powerhouse New York consulting firm, he thought his job was to help organizations. In reality, the consultants spent precious work hours prowling for new clients, and offered little or no useful information. From power breakfasts with mind games to the screaming indignity of "Feedback Camp" in New Jersey, House of Lies reveals the truth about a "profession" that could threaten your job, your career, and your life... and even throws you some lifelines should the suits start circling your company.
Please note: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.
©2005 Martin Kihn (P)2012 Hachette Audio
Despite some negative reviews I read on other sites, I downloaded this book with lower expectations however this book turned into a nice little surprise.
At times, especially at the beginning, I found the author’s story-telling style a bit frustrating, specifically I found it lacking context and I struggled to understand. But once I got passed it (used to it?) this book was a thoroughly enjoyable ‘listen’. At times, I was laughing out loud at the author’s stories.
Although I have never worked as a consultant, I have worked with and hired them in my career and I found it easy to relate and understand the author’s stories as he poked fun at his industry – everything from his McKinsey interview (this was priceless) to his consultancy engagement with the tire manufacturer.
He pretty much confirmed my suspicions of consultants when defined “low-hanging fruit” as the things that the client could do themselves but are usually too lazy to do it on their own. He definitely nailed that one!
This is my first audio book narrated by Johnny Heller. He too has an interesting narrative style, sounding a bit old-school but his style worked well with this book and I am going to search out other titles that he narrates.
I recommend this book - not just to those who hire consultants or thinking about being a consultant but to anyone looking for a lighter entertaining ‘read’.
Please note that while the Audible release date is January 2012, this book was actually published (in print) in 2005, which makes it 7 years old now. As a result, the references the author makes in the book are at times, a bit dated.
I actually bought this book because I saw the show. The book certainly has stronger ties to reality, of course, which I found refreshing. I think this book May give some insight to someone considering a career in consulting, but I wouldn't consider it to be a "how-to" guide.
Great performance, I think the narrator did justice to the characters within, and presented things like footnotes, definitions and even the appendix in a way that was easy to follow on audio, which many seem to struggle doing.
overall definitely recommend for its irreverent take on a fabled career path!
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