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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By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. For a more “insider” read I’d strongly recommend “Consulting Demons” by Pinault.

Hysterical and irreverent, written in a style not for everyone. About 20 minutes in, the pilot becomes a diatribe about the financial-services industry.

Deconstructing a House of Lies

Retrieved May 17, Martin Kihn is a writer, digital marketer, dog lover, balletomane and spiritual athlete. And me, Marty Kihn? Take away from it what you will. They bring something to corporate life that men do not, and they wrestle with a unique set of issues — influence, credibility, family, etc.

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

I’d prefer to watch Marty genuinely enjoy his job while wrestling with the implications, rather than accept it as an easy way to make a ton of cash. The message would have been more compelling if it were woven into dialogue rather than stuffed pies an amateur pitch to the client.


The main character, Marty, often breaks the fourth wall ; he talks to the viewers in a freeze-frame bit in which he alone moves and the others in the background ‘freeze’ but continue where they left off. After three years of consulting, I can say with confidence that the industry is not inherently shady. How much richer would the show be if we knew that? Beware – just because Kihn did not like the consulting business does not mean that the reader or job applicant might not like working in the consulting industry.

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. The chapters where he describes client engagements are where the book is at its best Best Actor in a Comedy Series. May 18, Jessedubin rated it it was ok.

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By Martin Kihn 2 minute Read. I really enjoyed the sarcastic way the book is written, and the way the storyline and the author’s comments on the way business is done is mixed. We live in an enviable time for a Houe series about corporate life. It’s funny a times cause it’s true, but I also just shake my head because it’s true.

It was a little cynical – massive chip on the shoulder about McKinsey, and a lot of whining. Like, the clients who bring ambiguous problems along with their extra baggage of internal politics, then there are the firms Partners who suck the remaining life out of the team with their Team-dinners despised by every consultant. May 07, j rated it really liked it. Goodreads helps you kkihn track of books you want to read.


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

Fascinating view into the [unnamed top management consulting firm] consulting of the early s. That’s why I enjoyed it so much, and why I became so close with my clients. InI wrote a book, House of Liesabout my four years as a consultant at a top Manhattan firm.

Take it with a grain of salt, but some degree of the shenanigans portrayed is probably going on in any particular or. Kihn is at his best is when he talks about the consulting life with regard to hotels, rental cars, and maximizing frequent flyer miles.

Although the TV-show based on the book shows the business as a glorious way to live, the book’s goal is doing just the opposite – in the most entertaining way possible.

I was surprised at first.

And funny at the same time.