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McKinsey's Marvin Bower: Vision, Leadership, and the Creation of Management Consulting

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2005

    Highly Recommended !

    Marvin Bower may be the most influential businessman you¿ve never heard of. The firm he shaped into an international powerhouse, McKinsey & Company, doesn¿t bear his name, and he never made splashy public gifts. Yet the company that spawned the management consulting industry would not exist today without this remarkable man¿s clear, compelling vision. Bower or his consultants transformed countless companies and executives for the better. Here, author Elizabeth Haas Edersheim assembles dozens of testimonials to Marvin Bower¿s integrity, honesty and drive to excel. Her book contains the story of his life, but it reads less like a biography and more like a Harvard Business School case study - a bit dry, and chock-full of interview transcripts rather than compelling narrative. However, its similarity to a case study is oddly appropriate, since Bower was one of the first graduates of the Harvard Business School and remained connected with it for many years, even defending its case study method of teaching when it came under attack in the late 1970s. We recommend this book to leaders, to those who aspire to lead and to consultants who want to study the best of their profession in action.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2004

    Must Read

    Having spent the past 20 years in consulting, I've read alot of business books and always buy a new book with the expressed purpose of learning something new. McKinsey's Marvin Bower did not disappoint. Although I bought it to read about Marvin Bower, the myth, I learned much more about Marvin Bower the man and his impact on principles I had been practicing throughout my career, and without knowing why. This book provides fundamental lessons on how to do it right --from creating values that guide an organization to placing customer and client interests first. To me, McKinsey was a side bar, the real story is about Marvin Bower and his impact on 20th century business. As such, it's a must read for everyone and anyone interested in 'getting it right' regardless of their profession.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2004

    Lessons from the inventor of management consulting

    This is a wonderful, swift read, which uses anecdotes from renowned business leaders who were influenced by Marvin Bower, the creator of management consulting, to illustrate his ideas and methods. There is a lot to learn here that illustrates the importance of integrity, communication and business fundamentals. Escape the trends, improve your business fundamentals, and have a lot of fun doing it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2004

    Proof that Success in Business CAN be Based on Integrity!

    A compelling portrait of a leader who seemed to find just the right combination for success ¿ creating value for clients, unwavering integrity, leading from the front, selflessness in the interest of the business¿ sustainability, consistency of vision and personal actions and continuous communication with and interest in his people. Bower¿s vision, values and approach shaped a generation of successful leaders. This book leaves you thinking about how you can be a better leader and wishing that you¿d been fortunate enough to work for Marvin Bower. In an age of corporate scandals, it¿s refreshing and inspiring to read about a greatly successful leader with true integrity and how that integrity was an integral part of his success.

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