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Sunday, May 14, 2017

The McKinsey Engagement: A Powerful Toolkit For More Efficient & Effective Team Problem Solving by Paul N. Friga >> Book review and free preview

Rating
Green

Genre
Non-Fiction, Business, Management Consulting, Company Profile

Publisher
Tata McGraw-Hill

The Book
This is the third book in the McKinsey trilogy by McGraw-Hill after The McKinsey Way and The McKinsey Mind. It is written by Paul N. Friga, a former McKinsey consultant, and co-author of The McKinsey Mind. As in the previous two books, this book is also an attempt to document the learnings from his period at The Firm to share it with the world. He also reached out to several other alumni of the Firm to get their inputs and also included the inputs from a real-life 'engagement' by his students.
This book is purported to be a field guide which takes the insights shared in the earlier books to an operational level. The book is structured around Paul's own framework TEAM FOCUS:
  1. TEAM: This stands for Talk, Evaluate, Assist and Motivate
  2. FOCUS: This stands for Frame, Organise, Collect, Understand, and Synthesise
In the end, he also shares the application of the model in business schools, consulting firms and corporates.

Comments
Just like its predecessors The McKinsey Way and The McKinsey Mind this book is short (less than 300 pages) and easy to read (well-structured and simple English). If you are part of the corporate world or are planning to join it some day - you'll find this book very useful (irrespective of industry preference).

Just like its predecessor - this book also gets a Green for a super-high insights/pages ratio! However, what really sets this apart from the previous two versions are the facts that:

  1. The insights are actionable at an operational level - you get a very clear idea how to bring them to your day to day life
  2. There is a real-life case - where the students are making an attempt at helping the community make a 'super-critical' long-term decision about itself.

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

The McKinsey Mind: Understanding and Implementing the Problem-Solving Tools and Management Techniques of the World's Top Strategic Consulting Firm by Ethan M. Rasiel and Paul N. Friga >> Book review and free preview

Rating
Green

Genre
Non-Fiction, Business, Management Consulting, Company Profile

Publisher
McGraw Hill Professional

The Book
The book is written by two former McKinsey consultants who attempt to document the learnings from their period at 'The Firm' to share it with the world. They also reached out to several other alumni of the Firm to get their inputs as well.
They share how 'the McKinsey Mind' works (as the name suggests) pivoted around a 'Strategic Problem Solving' model. In this book, they focus on the following elements of the model.:

  1. Analysing: This includes Framing, Designing, Gathering and Interpreting
  2. Presenting: This includes Structure and Buy-In
  3. Managing: This includes Team, Client and Self
Comments
Just like its predecessor 'The McKinsey Way' this book is short (around 200 pages) and easy to read (well-structured and simple English). If you are part of the corporate world or are planning to join it some day - you'll find this book very useful (irrespective of industry preference).

Just like its predecessor - this book also gets a Green for a super-high insights/pages ratio!

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Sunday, April 2, 2017

The Minto Pyramid Principle - Logic in Writing, Thinking and Problem Solving by Barbara Minto >> Book review

Rating
Green

Genre
Business, Communication, Logic, Thinking, Problem Solving, Presentation

Publisher
Minto International Inc.

The Book
This book presents Barbara Minto's theory on efficient and effective communication based on the simple to understand pyramid principle. She starts with establishing a connection to the psychological theories of Miller around Span of Attention. After which she explains the pyramid structure and how to use it.

She covers how logic flows into pyramid and how 'pyramid thinking' can make you more effective. She also covers the application of pyramid principle to problem solving before ending with the most important of it all how to use pyramid principle in presenting.

Comments
For a book that is technical, this is very easy to read (no surprise considering this is a book on effective communication!). It is replete with examples - in fact, almost all the content is explained with their help. The content is extremely useful - applicable in day to day life for anyone, but most of all Barbara's target customer segment - people who's work requires them to present their ideas to others. 

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