Newly transplanted Minneapolitan Martin Kihn’s book is now a Showtime series starring Don Cheadle. Keep reading, but you might need a. HOUSE OF LIES: How Management Consultants Steal Your Watch and Then Tell You the Time. Martin Kihn, Author. Warner Business $ I was a junior consultant when I read Martin Kihn’s House of Lies: How Management Consultants Steal Your Watch and Then Tell You the Time.

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Oct 16, Dicle rated it really liked it. The consulting skill set can be used for good or for evil. The consequences are huge, and that’s what makes the profession so exhilarating. Trivia About House of Lies: You’re trained to hide it masterfully or ignore it until it disappears. When I was interviewing with consulting firms, several people recommended the TV show ‘House of Lies’.

The pacing of the book was somewhat off beat in some locations, and would liked to get more kiyn story on especially the last chapters, but liies a peek to a life of a consultant should not be overlooked upon.

In fact, it could have been Bell’s character who helps close the deal at the end of the episode — a vindication of the unique insight and influence that women bring to a deal. Tap here to turn on desktop notifications to get the news sent straight to you. The Best Books of Film rights were sold to Warner Brothers, where it is in development, and Booklist raved “Kihn’s got a great ear for dialogue – and a comedic sense worthy of Second City. It harms your ability to be straightforward with anyone.

Selflessly, I also offered to spend long weekends with Cheadle, perhaps at his place, helping him get to know his character. Fascinating view into the [unnamed top management consulting firm] consulting of the early s.


Nevertheless, its a book for everyone and would certainly humor you regardless of which side of the fence you are – client or consultant or spectator alike. The line between plausible fiction and gross inaccuracy is often blurred in television.

House of Lies: How Management Consultants Steal Your Watch and Then Tell You the Time

Discover what to read next. This is the second book this week that I gave up on I finish most of the books I start. How much richer would the show be if we knew that? Although the TV-show based on the book shows the business as a glorious way to live, kihm book’s goal is doing just the opposite – in the most entertaining way possible. We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. Looking for beautiful books? It’s incredibly difficult to maintain a relationship as a consultant, and a smart, attractive character like her would have someone at home.

Amazed that it was picked up and turned into a show. Everyone talks in an office.

That being said, the book drags in a bunch of spots especially a tiresome look at business books towards the end. Clearly a good sell job was done somewhere.

You can wordsmith your way through a meeting or you can have a real conversation. In reality, the consultants spent precious work hours prowling for new clients, and offered little or no useful information. The writing style, or perhaps the author’s tone, just didn’t gel with me. His reconstructed kihh from within his unnamed firm and from his time serving clients is alone with the price of admission.

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I enjoyed a solid, legitimate consulting career that was largely bullshit-free. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews.


In fact, anyone hoping to learn how consultants steal your watch and then tell you the time will be let down as well. Focus on meaningful plot lines, not the agenda. Consultants never shut up loes their goddamn points.

And funny at the same time. A mix of affection and competition would have been magical. I was surprised at first. But learning something and chuckling along the way. Kihn is at his best is when he talks about the consulting life with regard to hotels, rental cars, and maximizing frequent flyer miles.

Alternatively, he talks to the audience while everyone moves but the others seem oblivious to the fact that he is on a monologue. When Martin Kihn joined a powerhouse New York consulting firm, he thought his job was to help organizations.

That’s a simple and relatable secret all consultants share. The Best Houuse of The argument of Kihn’s book — that management consulting is a conspiracy to squeeze millions of dollars from unwitting companies, that consultants are often unqualified but liss astute mercenaries, and that many of the problems that plague companies are intractable and probably not worth solving anyway — started to carry some weight after two years of consulting.

You could read this book and come away sounding like you actually know what you’re doing – which is the point. Retrieved July 20, I found this book to be just okay.

The author gives his account of life as a junior consultant.

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