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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List of House of Lies episodes. Take away from it what you will. Thus the book is a good read for people who think about entering a consulting career, though less for managers who engage consultants. Kihn describes his two years as an associate at a top-tier firm The Best Books of That being said, the book drags in a bunch of spots especially a tiresome look at business books towards the end. I know them well.

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

Give a group of motivated people the opportunity to change the course of a company, and they will create fantastic or disastrous effects. And have you ever heard of clients covering a vendor’s expenses before they hire them?

In fact, anyone hoping to learn how consultants steal your watch and then tell you the time will be let down as well. I think I would have enjoyed this book if I had read it before the financial crisis, but in the modern era, the TV show was far more entertaining and just as educational.


I watched the first season of Showtime’s “House of Lies” and thought it was a muddled, directionless mess but felt that some of the underlying ideas about management consulting seemed interesting. Mar 04, Guy rated it it was ok Shelves: Kihn is married to the singer-songwriter Julia Douglass. Design Recommender The 7 best tools for making your most productive year yet Co.

It’s a muddled, directionless mess. He does so in a very funny od engaging fashion. His apartment has a spectacular view of a painted L.

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That’s why I was excited when Showtime picked up House of Lies. He deals with his disagreeable management consultant ex-wife Monica Dawn Olivierihis retired-psychiatrist father Jeremiah Glynn Turman and his confidently flamboyant son Roscoe Donis Leonard, Jr. And it would have been a career-limiting move. Capture the role of women. Alternatively, he talks to the audience while everyone moves but the others seem oblivious to the fact that he is on a monologue.

Retrieved May 17, I know it’s not fair to compare a pay-TV show to a nonfiction book. To achieve the illusion, Kihn says, consultants use mechanisms ranging from legions of Harvard MBAs in Oxford shirts to reams of incomprehensible blather presented as winning corporate wisdom. But the thing is, companies that hire these types of consultants i. But for all its extravagance, the show nails consulting on an existential level.


Stuck in that saturnalian hell, she would probably sneak out to call a significant other back in L. On December 13,House of Lies was given a pilot order.

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Discover what to read next. And me, Marty Kihn? Kihn’s breezy, Jay McInerney-inspired writing renders the damnable daily life of the management consultant precisely, often hilariously. Feb 10, Heather rated it really liked it.

How much richer would the show be if we knew that? Sarah Huges of The Independent called House of Lies “A Comedy for the One Per Cent,” saying it’s a “half-hour comedy about wealthy slicksters screening right in the middle of one of the biggest economic depressions America has experienced.

In summary, the book can be looked upon as another rock being hurled in the hailstorm of consultant bashing with lots of humor, entertainment, information and real-life stories of consulting. Satirical, cynical, hard to gauge how much is true and how much is farce. Though actually come to think of it, it explains why the tone les perhaps akin to a cringe-worthy participant on The Apprentice.