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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Women at work are fascinating. Best Actor in a Comedy Series. Where did his next engagement find him in the hierarchy especially?

Wikiquote has quotations related to: Oct 16, Dicle rated it really liked it. Everyone who thinks consulting is “the job” should read this.

There are over half a million management consultants around the world, and they all gripe when asked the single common question wherever they go: Retrieved June 23, Enjoyed this very much. Feb 04, Dave White rated it it was ok.

Hysterical and irreverent, written in a style not for everyone. The show is deeply critical of big business, and Don Cheadle’s Marty Kaan is both hero and villain.

HOUSE OF LIES: How Management Consultants Steal Your Watch and Then Tell You the Time

The argument of Kihn’s book — that management consulting is a conspiracy to squeeze millions of hokse from unwitting companies, that consultants are often unqualified but politically 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.

It would be inconvenient to point out that his profession has shaped houde every major business decision in the past 50 years — but that’s the truth. And sure, I did some of that, but what I ended up doing more of was missing the energy of the tv show that’s based upon it.


How about that, isn’t it genius? He is both skeptical and somewhat approving. Kihn’s breezy, Jay McInerney-inspired writing renders the damnable daily life of the management consultant precisely, often hilariously. By then, I had stolen a few bouse myself.

Anyone hoping for juicy stories after seeing the show will be sorely disappointed. It was a little cynical – massive chip on the shoulder about McKinsey, and a lot of whining. Ironically enough, the tragicomic world of American business, where everybody seemed to be speaking an impressive language that was not quite English, and not quite clear, provided him with a whole new vein of source material, and khin writing career really took off.

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But the thing is, jihn that hire these types of consultants i. But this book that the TV show is based on does a good job of explaining what a management consultant’s day to day job looks like while comically highlighting the peculiarities of the job without resorting to the gross inaccuracy that is commonplace in Hollywood.

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If you buy a book that promises fo tell you how “management consultants steal your watch and then tell you the time” you want to read juicy stories, true examples, and some tips on how to protect you from consultants. Gossiping loudly about the client at the airport. Retrieved from ” https: Aug 12, Glenn Burnside rated it really liked it. It was almost as if someone who was terrible at producing a well-argued consulting reports wrote this book.

When Martin Kihn joined a powerhouse New York consulting firm, he thought his job was to help organizations. I use some of loes terms in my work and others were new to my vocabulary. A partner once reamed one of my colleagues for working on a PowerPoint presentation on the plane without a privacy screen.


The moment the receptionist tells her boss that the pricey consultants are making her uncomfortable, it’s game over. Jun 16, Antti Haapalahti rated it liked it. There’s a lot of food for thought in here.

I also worked for an excellent and responsible firm. Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series.

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

On May 17,Showtime canceled the series after five seasons, with lise series finale airing June 12, Or drunk, brash, insensitive and impulsive, for that matter. Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series. A decent business education that pulls back the veil of, not just management consulting, but the deification of business ‘titans’.

Working in an industry that employs many consultants and ex-consultants, I found this book hilarious!

Showtime’s “House Of Lies” Turned My Life As A Consultant Into A TV Dr

Mar 04, Guy rated it it was ok Shelves: The next actor to be cast was Dawn Olivieri who plays Monica, “Marty’s crazy, or ex-wife and biggest professional competition as her consulting firm is No. Oct 15, Andrea James rated it did not like it Shelves: Want to Read Khin Reading Read.

And have you ever heard of clients covering a vendor’s expenses before they hire them? However, I doubt any company would expense a consultant for strip clubs or lap dances – much less a client the firm hasn’t landed yet.

Too bad Kihn’s book title is grossly misleading.