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The third volume in the internationally best-selling McKinsey Trilogy, The McKinsey Engagement is an action guide to realizing the consistently high level of business solutions achieved by the experts at the world’s most respected consulting firms.

Former consultant Dr. Paul Friga distills the guiding principles first presented in the best-selling The McKinsey Way and the tested-in-the-trenches methodologies outlined in The McKinsey Mind, and combines them with many of the principles and procedures implemented by the military and other organizations. The result is nothing less than the business equivalent of a Special Forces Field Manual.

True to its stated goal of arming consultants and corporate problem solvers with a blueprint for achieving consistently phenomenal results, The McKinsey Engagement is short on theory and long on action. Each chapter focuses on one element in the celebrated TEAM FOCUS problem-solving model and features a concise discussion of a key concept or principle, followed by:

  • Clear rules of engagement
  • A set of operating tactics
  • Sophisticated problem solving tools
  • Easy-to-follow action steps
  • Exercises, checklists, and training tips
  • War stories and best practices case studies

A toolkit for bringing clarity, discipline, and purpose to all your problem-solving and change management initiatives, The McKinsey Engagement is an indispensable guide for consultants, as well as for executives, managers, students, and corporate trainers.

©2009 McGraw-Hill (P)2009 McGraw-Hill Education

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The first 30-40 minutes seemed to be the author trying to prove his credibility and name drop as many big name American unis and MBA programs that he could get out. From what I can see the remainder is essentially just a bunch of basic tips to running effective teams (the "TEAM FOCUS" model), which might be useful for someone early career, but beyond that... The 'impressive' consulting project that he uses to tie the book together is little more than an unpaid student placement / internship project. He has some background at PwC and McKinsey, but most of his insights seem to be drawn from his subsequent academic career. The other case studies he refers to are so light on detail that I can't help but question their authenticity. I've given it a two rather than a one as it did offer a few insights in to how things are run at McKinsey, although there was nothing ground-breaking. On the whole, I was expecting quite a bit more from someone coming out of the supposed top consulting firm in the world.

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