Reading List for Consultants

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Recent activity on Jul 27, 2018
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asked on Dec 14, 2016

Dear all,

Can you please share your reading list for consulants?
I will start with a book that helped me understand the core of consulting as a business.

- David H. Maister: The Trusted Advisor


- WirtschaftsWoche (German)

Feel free to copy and expand the list.

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Nabil (Bill) replied on Dec 23, 2016
Currently preparing for McKinsey and Bain interviews.

Other interesting reads would be:

  • The pyramid principle by Barbara Minto
  • The Boston Consulting Group on Strategy: Classic Concepts and New Perspectives by Carl W.Stern

  • Consulting: A Practitioner's Perspective by Mohan Kancharla

Good luck.

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Rufus Franck replied on Jul 27, 2018


We actually did some research on this as we wanted to know the same.

From a total of 199 Consulting Books reviewed and ranked, we concluded to a Top 20 of Most Recommended Consulting Books that appear on most of the Best Consulting Books lists.

The top 5 on the list is:

  • The McKinsey Way – Using the Techniques of the World’s Top Strategic Consultants to Help You and Your Business
  • The Trusted Advisor
  • Case Interview Secrets: A Former McKinsey Interviewer Reveals How to Get Multiple Job Offers in Consulting
  • The Pyramid Principle: Logic in Writing and Thinking
  • Flawless Consulting: A Guide to Getting Your Expertise Used

The full list can be found at:

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Nabil (Bill) replied on Dec 23, 2016
Currently preparing for McKinsey and Bain interviews.

In my opinion, the best book that truly describes management consulting as a business and profession would be:

"Management Consulting: A Guide to the Profession" by the International Labour Office and edited by Milan Kubr.

Bear in mind, however, that the book is immense (roughly 900 pages) but extremely thorough.

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Andrea replied on Dec 17, 2016
McKinsey first round coming up soon.

The McKinsey Way by Ethan M. Rasiel

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Anonymous A replied on Dec 16, 2016
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