Experts Tell Us the Best Books on Strategy Consulting

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This article showcases our top picks for the Books on Strategy Consulting. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below). We are keen to hear your feedback on all of our content and our comment section is a moderated space to express your thoughts and feelings related (or not) to this article This list is in no particular order.

The Pyramid Principle by Barbara Minto

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According to McKinsey & Co, the number one skill you need to succeed as a strategy consultant is structured thinking. They realized that, despite years of Ivy League education, their business school recruits lacked structured thinking skills. McKinsey asked a team member named Babara Minto to put together the definitive guide to structured thinking. This resulted in a book called The Pyramid Principle, where she outlines the core structured thinking concepts required of any good strategy consultant: the pyramid structure, the MECE principle, SCQA storylining, and deductive vs inductive thinking. The Pyramid Principle is a must-read for any strategy consultant, as it clearly outlines the core structured thinking skills from the world’s top strategy consulting firm, McKinsey & Co. Mastering the techniques taught in the book will not only improve your writing and presentation skills but also improve your ability to think through complex problems and uncover optimal solutions.

Million Dollar Consulting 5E by Alan Weiss

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It’s a classic for a reason. In “Million Dollar Consulting,” the consulting captain of industry Alan Weiss opens the curtain on how he conducts his successful consulting business. Accessibly written, this guide helps consultants keep the necessary perspective on what’s truly important. Informative explanations for how to manage time and interpret current opportunities in the marketplace earn this book the “bible for consultants” moniker.

Flawless Consulting by Peter Block

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A colleague of mine once referred to Peter Block’s Flawless Consulting: A Guide to Getting Your Expertise Used as his consulting bible. After reading it I could certainly understand why: This is a book chock full of practical advice for dealing with clients. It does not focus too much on the technical aspect, since your expertise in your field is presumed. Rather, Block advises on how to address problems with solutions in a clear, understandable, and reasonable way, across about 350 pages. It’s all very useful and written with an excellent candor that makes it an enjoyable read.

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