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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Instead, his wife is a prescription-pill addict, which is ridiculous, because you can’t be a rainmaker if you’re sleepy all the time. Retrieved June 23, It’s a muddled, directionless mess. Everyone talks in an office. Dec 17, Sam Motes rated it liked it Shelves: I wish I had this book when I started at the company – it helped me translate so much of the consultant-speak that’s taken me over a year to get accustomed to.

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. These men and women really knew next to nothing. That the competing firm is led by Marty’s ex-wife is a nice touch, but their rivalry is hollow.

Retrieved August 9, The writing style, or perhaps the author’s tone, just didn’t gel with me. Film rights were sold to Warner Brothers, where it is in development, and Booklist raved “Kihn’s got a great ear for dialogue – and a comedic sense worthy of Second City. Clearly a good sell job was done somewhere. For example, Kihn loathes team dinners with his colleagues, while most consultants I know love team dinners because they allow everybody to relax and summarize the day’s work over drinks and food.


A good read and insight into the world of management consulting. So I decided to check out the book it was based on.

Showtime’s “House Of Lies” Turned My Life As A Consultant Into A TV Dr

Complete with an appendix of terms like “brain dump,” “pulse check” and “swag” an acronym for “smart wild-assed guess”this somewhat disjointed, highly intelligent and deeply funny debut memoir skewers a segment of the economy that nearly every white-collar worker has learned to fear and loathe: Paperbackpages.

His character is named Marty Kaan.

Martin Kihn is a master with language. PSA – this book has very little in common with the TV series, besides the “management consulting” bit, so don’t bother if that’s what you’re looking for.

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

Martin talks about the different types of individuals roles and their personalities that are stereotypical in consulting firms, starting from “Associate consultant” to “Partners and Sr. Tap here oihn turn on desktop notifications to get the news sent straight to you. So I spent days yodeling on to the writers about recruiting events, evil partners, felonious expense reports.

Views Read Edit View history. Consultants don’t expense strip clubs to clients — especially ones they haven’t even closed yet. His reconstructed dialogue from within his unnamed firm and from his time serving clients is alone with the price of admission.

Oct 16, Dicle rated it really liked it. And so they do, maybe to fix certain parts of their businesses or gain some type of efficiency somewhere InI wrote a book, House of Liesabout my four years as a consultant at a top Manhattan firm.


House Of Lies : Martin Kihn :

Part buisness book, part comic read, and part buyer beware for business leaders looking to bring in consultants to save the day. After twenty years living and working in New York City, kin couple recently relocated to Minneapolis, where Kihn works as a digital marketing strategist for a well-known agency. Want to Read saving….

Many of his dislikes might be related to the company he worked for And funny at the same time. 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. Any executive would have liess in a consultant’s face. Looking for beautiful books?

Oct 23, Trey Malone rated it did not like it. Apr 25, Michael rated it it was ok. On December 13,House of Lies was given a pilot order.

The consequences are huge, and that’s what makes the profession so exhilarating. Is there any company that would reimburse a consultant for lap dances and bottle service? I felt overall that the author was quite cynical, although much of what he said is true of the industry.