The McKinsey Edge: Success Principles from the World’s Most Powerful Consulting Firm

Author: Shu Hattori

Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional

ISBN: 125958299X

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 192

View: 8602

47 strategies elite managers follow to reach the highest level of success The McKinsey Edge culls the personal best practices of an exclusive group of managers connected to McKinsey & Company, a firm that services eighty percent of the world’s largest corporations. Through a wealth of 47 rigorously selected, battle-tested, immediately implementable, and practical tips, readers discover the secrets to building the self, growing with others, enhancing process management, and going the extra mile to reach the next leadership horizon. Everyone struggling to accelerate their career will keep this book at their fingertips for its rare, real-world advice for ascending through the levels of management—all of which require specific mindsets and capabilities that only a handful of people ever master.

The McKinsey Edge: Success Principles from the World’s Most Powerful Consulting Firm

Author: Shu Hattori

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education

ISBN: 9781259588686

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 192

View: 9949

WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO BE A GREAT LEADER? The ultimate guide to managing your career—at every level, through every transition—The McKinsey Edge culls the best practices of an exclusive group of executives and consultants from McKinsey & Company, the legendary consulting firm that services eighty percent of the world’s largest corporations. Drawing on his time as an Engagement Manager with McKinsey, Hattori presents rigorously selected, battle-tested tips that will give you the edge you need to up your game, raise your profile, and take your career to the next level—using a proven four-step program: Learn more effective ways to get ahead by making multiple self-improvements. Strengthen your skills of communication, connection, and understanding to influence your team and other stakeholders. Increase your productivity and performance using tools that work best for your specific environment. Push yourself further to focus your energies, renew your life, and revitalize your career with a new leadership profile. Each section of this empowering guide includes precise strategies and hard-won advice that will help you tackle the challenges that are unique to each level of management. By applying these 47 principles to your own situation and workplace, you’ll be able to change not only your personal mindset and managerial effectiveness but others’ perceptions of you as a leader. You’ll discover the best methods for dealing with clients, solving problems, motivating teams, and surpassing expectations. These are the strategies that have taken McKinsey’s managers and trainers to the top of their fields—and this is the program that shows you how to take your career wherever you want to go. Whether you’re climbing your way up the corporate ladder, starting on the very first rung, or feeling stuck somewhere in the middle, The McKinsey Edge gives you the edge you need to take the next step and make it to the top. Shu Hattori is a Japanese-British national with extensive experience in management consulting, start-ups, online social commerce, and news media.While at McKinsey & Company, he served in advanced industries, high-tech, and media in Asia, North America, and Europe for more than five years. Now, he runs a leadership development start-up. Shu earned an MBA from National Taiwan University with a full government sponsored scholarship and a bachelor’s degree in commerce with distinction from McGill University in Canada.

The McKinsey Engagement: A Powerful Toolkit For More Efficient and Effective Team Problem Solving

Author: Paul D. N. Friga

Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional

ISBN: 9780071641487

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 272

View: 4629

The third volume in the internationally bestselling McKinsey Trilogy, The McKinsey Engagement is an action guide to realizing the consistently high level of business solutions achieved by the experts at the world’s most respected consulting firms. Former consultant Dr. Paul Friga distills the guiding principles first presented in the bestselling The McKinsey Way and the tested-in-the-trenches methodologies outlined in The McKinsey Mind, and combines them with many of the principles and procedures implemented by the military and other organizations. The result is nothing less than the business equivalent of a Special Forces Field Manual. True to its stated goal of arming consultants and corporate problem solvers with a blueprint for achieving consistently phenomenal results, The McKinsey Engagement is short on theory and long on action. Each chapter focuses on one element in the celebrated TEAM FOCUS problem-solving model and features a concise discussion of a key concept or principle, followed by: Clear rules of engagement A set of operating tactics Sophisticated problem solving tools Easy-to-follow action steps Exercises, checklists, and training tips War stories and best practices case studies A toolkit for bringing clarity, discipline, and purpose to all your problem-solving and change management initiatives, The McKinsey Engagement is an indispensable guide for consultants, as well as for executives, managers, students, and corporate trainers.

The Firm

The Story of McKinsey and Its Secret Influence on American Business

Author: Duff McDonald

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439190984

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 400

View: 6478

A behind-the-scenes, revelatory history of the controversial consulting firm traces its decades-long influence in both business and political arenas, citing its role in the establishment of mainstream practices and modern understandings about capitalism while evaluating the failures that have compromised its reputation. 60,000 first printing.

House of Lies

How Management Consultants Steal Your Watch and Then Tell You the Time

Author: Martin Kihn

Publisher: Business Plus

ISBN: 0446562467

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 288

View: 3098

In the bestselling tradition of "Liar's Poker" comes a devastatingly accurate and darkly hilarious behind-the-scenes look at the wonderful world of management consulting.

McKinsey's Marvin Bower

Vision, Leadership, and the Creation of Management Consulting

Author: Elizabeth Haas Edersheim

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118040140

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 320

View: 5404

"I had the privilege of working closely with Marvin and McKinsey for many years. This book makes Marvin come to life and perpetuates him as a role model." -Peter F. Drucker "A wonderful book about a wonderful man. In many ways, Marvin's McKinsey framed the hypotheses in our own search for excellence-for example, passion for values, belief in people as the prime resource, and willingness to let people experiment. As well as I thought I knew Marvin, however, this remarkable book, drawing on the collective memories of those who worked most closely with him, taught me a ton about how extraordinary the man really was and what made him that way. Many have called Drucker the man who invented management; I think history will conclude that both he and Marvin Bower share that pedestal." -Bob Waterman, coauthor of In Search of Excellence "Marvin Bower became a legend, not just within McKinsey & Company, but within professional services and the business world more broadly. In everything he did and said, he embodied the professional approach and the importance of values. This book sheds remarkable insight on a remarkable man and on the power of constancy of purpose." -Ian Davis, Worldwide Managing Director, McKinsey & Co. "It is as Marvin would have wanted it-simple, honest, fact-based, wonderful stories with a long-term perspective. An insightful read about the father of management consulting." -Lois Juliber, retired COO, Colgate-Palmolive "This book provides fascinating insight into the early days of modern management consulting. It is an extremely enlightening look at the origin of one of America's most important professions and one of America's most innovative leaders." -Thomas H. Lee, founder, Chairman, and President, Thomas H. Lee Partners L.P.

Own the Future

50 Ways to Win from The Boston Consulting Group

Author: Michael S. Deimler,Richard Lesser,David Rhodes,Janmejaya Sinha

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118651766

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 384

View: 631

The world faces social, political, and economic turmoil on an unprecedented scale—along with unsettling levels of turbulence and volatility. Market leadership today is less of a predictor of leadership tomorrow. Therefore, senior executives today must strive to own the future. In Own the Future, The Boston Consulting Group, one of the world’s most prestigious and innovative management consulting firms, offers a roadmap. Drawing on the firm’s experience advising organizations on how to achieve and sustain competitive advantage, this book offers 50 ideas to help readers chart their organization’s path to future leadership. The articles are organized along ten attributes critical to success in the current environment—adaptive, global, connected, sustainable, customer-first, fit to win, value-driven, trusted, bold, and inspiring. The future may be unknowable, but The Boston Consulting Group offers insights from its 50 years of practice on how readers can position their organization to win—to change the game and to own the future.

Consulting 101

101 Tips for Success in consulting

Author: Lew Sauder

Publisher: Lew Sauder, Inc.

ISBN: N.A

Category: Business & Economics

Page: N.A

View: 397

Learn the fundamentals for a successful career in ConsultingFollow these 101 tips to become an expert consultant Consulting 101 is an instructional and easy to read book providing 101 tips for success in consulting. Using case studies in many of the tips, Lew Sauder provides the reader with real world situations that he has experienced and observed over his more than 25 year career. Consulting 101 provides advice on:How to develop strong relationships with clientsHow to develop a sales focus early in your consulting careerHow to become a better communicatorHow to develop your personal brand to advance your career fasterAnd much more

Managing The Professional Service Firm

Author: David H. Maister

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1471109658

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 368

View: 9774

Professional service firms differ from other business enterprises in two distinct ways: first they provide highly customised services thus cannot apply many of the management principles developed for product-based industries. Second, professional services are highly personalised, involving the skills of individuals. Such firms must therefore compete not only for clients but also for talented professionals. Drawing on more than ten years of research and consulting to these unique and creative companies, David Maister explores issues ranging from marketing and business development to multinational strategies, human resources policies to profit improvement, strategic planning to effective leadership. While these issues can be complex, Maister simplifies them by recognising that 'every professional service firm in the world, regardless of size, specific profession, or country of operation, has the same mission statement: outstanding service to clients, satisfying careers for its people and financial success for its owners.'

The Management Consultant

Mastering the Art of Consultancy

Author: Richard Newton

Publisher: Pearson UK

ISBN: 0273745093

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 320

View: 2379

“The secret for success in attracting, winning, retaining and growing client business – whether working as an independent or for a firm.” Mike Lander, CEO, Consulting Strategies Ltd “Richard knows what clients value and provides clear, practical and experienced guidance on how to become and more importantly, be recognised and selected as the best.” Mike Lander, CEO, Consulting Strategies Ltd WHAT DOES IT REALLYTAKE TO BE A SUCCESSFUL MANAGEMENT CONSULTANT? The secret of being a successful management consultant is to focus on the genuine needs of the client. As a consultant, you must develop the skills that enable you to understand these needs, deliver real value to your clients and help them get the results they want. The Management Consultantis your ultimate guide to success as an expert professional consultant. It reveals the skills and attributes that make great consultants and shows you how to develop these to provide genuine client centric consulting. Whether you’re already working as a consultant, starting out on your own, or just considering the profession - this book is essential reading. It will also help those who train, employ or work with consultants regularly. EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW, DO AND DELIVER TO BE A GREAT MANAGEMENT CONSULTANT Learn the answers to the critical questions you need ask to be a top management consultant such as: How should you identify and define the services you will offer? Why do clients buy consultancy and what are they looking for? How can you bring maximum value to the client’s organisation? How do you engage clients and win work? How can you deliver results that will be sustainable for your client? How do you establish long-term relationships that bring you repeat business with clients? When should you say ‘no’ to a consulting engagement? How do you navigate your way through potential ethical dilemmas that face consultants? DISCOVER THE CLIENT-CENTRIC APPROACH TO SUCCESSFUL CONSULTING

The McKinsey Way

Author: Ethan M. Rasiel

Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional

ISBN: 0071368833

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 187

View: 9918

"If more business books were as useful, concise, and just plain fun to read as THE MCKINSEY WAY, the business world would be a better place." --Julie Bick, best-selling author of ALL I REALLY NEED TO KNOW IN BUSINESS I LEARNED AT MICROSOFT. "Enlivened by witty anecdotes, THE MCKINSEY WAY contains valuable lessons on widely diverse topics such as marketing, interviewing, team-building, and brainstorming." --Paul H. Zipkin, Vice-Dean, The Fuqua School of Business It's been called "a breeding ground for gurus." McKinsey & Company is the gold-standard consulting firm whose alumni include titans such as "In Search of Excellence" author Tom Peters, Harvey Golub of American Express, and Japan's Kenichi Ohmae. When Fortune 100 corporations are stymied, it's the "McKinsey-ites" whom they call for help. In THE MCKINSEY WAY, former McKinsey associate Ethan Rasiel lifts the veil to show you how the secretive McKinsey works its magic, and helps you emulate the firm's well-honed practices in problem solving, communication, and management. He shows you how McKinsey-ites think about business problems and how they work at solving them, explaining the way McKinsey approaches every aspect of a task: How McKinsey recruits and molds its elite consultants; How to "sell without selling"; How to use facts, not fear them; Techniques to jump-start research and make brainstorming more productive; How to build and keep a team at the top its game; Powerful presentation methods, including the famous waterfall chart, rarely seen outside McKinsey; How to get ultimate "buy-in" to your findings; Survival tips for working in high-pressure organizations. Both a behind-the-scenes look at one of the most admired and secretive companies in the business world and a toolkit of problem-solving techniques without peer, THE MCKINSEY WAY is fascinating reading that empowers every business decision maker to become a better strategic player in any organization.

Poised for Excellence

Fundamental Principles of Effective Leadership in the Boardroom and Beyond

Author: Karima Mariama-Arthur

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319645749

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 283

View: 6476

This book is an exceptional resource for leaders at every level across industries. An insightful guidebook comprised of 40 illuminating principles showcasing the fundamental competencies that impact performance in the boardroom and beyond, each chapter includes the following core components: 1) a robust, but succinct discussion introducing each principle; 2) key strategies providing straightforward guidance on how to master each principle; 3) a selection of thoughtful journal questions that allow for meaningful introspection, and finally, 4) a leadership challenge—a stretch goal—that brings each principle into immediate, scalable focus. Whether a seasoned or emerging leader, each reader will discover useful perspectives contained within each chapter designed to firmly orient their thinking and behavior towards leadership excellence. An enduring resource for circumstances in which every leader will inevitably find him or herself confronting, it will also serve as the “go to” professional development resource for elevating leadership brands and facilitating the necessary trench work required to develop competent and confident leaders regardless of industry or expertise. Different from traditional books that provide a one-dimensional view of what leadership is and do little more than categorize existing traits, Poised for Excellence breaks the mold. It creates the context for understanding leadership development as a holistic process: By focusing on the mastery of fundamental principles structured to develop the whole person through service to self and others, it ignites an evolutionary process that cultivates 360 degrees of effective leadership. It directs readers to stake a bold claim to their success and transform the way they show up in the boardroom and beyond. Poised for Excellence was written to nurture the leadership potential in business leaders who desire to operate in excellence and believe that learning and practice are non-negotiable aspects of leadership success.

The Boston Consulting Group on Strategy

Classic Concepts and New Perspectives

Author: Carl W. Stern,Michael S. Deimler

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118429125

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 432

View: 3453

A collection of the best thinking from one of the most innovative management consulting firms in the world For more than forty years, The Boston Consulting Group has been shaping strategic thinking in business. The Boston Consulting Group on Strategy offers a broad and up-to-date selection of the firm's best ideas on strategy with fresh ideas, insights, and practical lessons for managers, executives, and entrepreneurs in every industry. Here's a sampling of the provocative thinking you'll find inside: "You have to be the scientist of your own life and be astonished four times:at what is, what always has been, what once was, and what could be." "The majority of products in most companies are cash traps . . . .[They] are not only worthless, but a perpetual drain on corporate resources." "Use more debt than your competition or get out of the business." "When information flows freely, reputation, more than reciprocity,becomes the basis for trust." "As a strategic weapon, time is the equivalent of money, productivity,quality, even innovation." "When brands become business systems, brand management becomes far too important to leave to the marketing department." "The winning organization of the future will look more like a collection ofjazz ensembles than a symphony orchestra." "Most of our organizations today derive from a model whose original purpose was to control creativity." "Rather than being an obstacle, uncertainty is the very engine of transformation in a business, a continuous source of new opportunities." "IP assets lack clear property lines. Every bit of intellectual property you can own comes with connections to other valuable innovations."

Value

The Four Cornerstones of Corporate Finance

Author: McKinsey & Company Inc.,Tim Koller,Richard Dobbs,Bill Huyett

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780470949085

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 272

View: 6612

An accessible guide to the essential issues of corporate finance While you can find numerous books focused on the topic of corporate finance, few offer the type of information managers need to help them make important decisions day in and day out. Value explores the core of corporate finance without getting bogged down in numbers and is intended to give managers an accessible guide to both the foundations and applications of corporate finance. Filled with in-depth insights from experts at McKinsey & Company, this reliable resource takes a much more qualitative approach to what the authors consider a lost art. Discusses the four foundational principles of corporate finance Effectively applies the theory of value creation to our economy Examines ways to maintain and grow value through mergers, acquisitions, and portfolio management Addresses how to ensure your company has the right governance, performance measurement, and internal discussions to encourage value-creating decisions A perfect companion to the Fifth Edition of Valuation, this book will put the various issues associated with corporate finance in perspective.

Lords of Strategy

The Secret Intellectual History of the New Corporate World

Author: Walter Kiechel

Publisher: Harvard Business Press

ISBN: 1422157318

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 368

View: 4259

Imagine, if you can, the world of business - without corporate strategy. Remarkably, fifty years ago that's the way it was. Businesses made plans, certainly, but without understanding the underlying dynamics of competition, costs, and customers. It was like trying to design a large-scale engineering project without knowing the laws of physics. But in the 1960s, four mavericks and their posses instigated a profound shift in thinking that turbocharged business as never before, with implications far beyond what even they imagined. In The Lords of Strategy, renowned business journalist and editor Walter Kiechel tells, for the first time, the story of the four men who invented corporate strategy as we know it and set in motion the modern, multibillion-dollar consulting industry: Bruce Henderson, founder of Boston Consulting Group Bill Bain, creator of Bain & Company Fred Gluck, longtime Managing Director of McKinsey & Company Michael Porter, Harvard Business School professor Providing a window into how to think about strategy today, Kiechel tells their story with novelistic flair. At times inspiring, at times nearly terrifying, this book is a revealing account of how these iconoclasts and the organizations they led revolutionized the way we think about business, changed the very soul of the corporation, and transformed the way we work.

Sales Growth

Five Proven Strategies from the World's Sales Leaders

Author: McKinsey & Company Inc.,Thomas Baumgartner,Homayoun Hatami,Maria Valdivieso de Uster

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1119281067

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 320

View: 615

The challenges facing today's sales executives and their organizations continue to grow, but so do the expectations that they will find ways to overcome them and drive consistent sales growth. There are no simple solutions to this situation, but in this thoroughly updated Second Edition of Sales Growth, experts from McKinsey & Company build on their practical blueprint for achieving this goal and explore what world-class sales executives are doing right now to find growth and capture it—as well as how they are creating the capabilities to keep growing in the future. Based on discussions with more than 200 of today's most successful global sales leaders from a wide array of organizations and industries, Sales Growth puts the experiences of these professionals in perspective and offers real-life examples of how they've overcome the challenges encountered in the quest for growth. The book, broken down into five overarching strategies for successful sales growth, shares valuable lessons on everything from how to beat the competition by looking forward, to turning deep insights into simple messages for the front line. Page by page, you'll learn how sales executives are digging deeper than ever to find untapped growth, maximizing emerging markets opportunities, and powering growth through digital sales. You'll also discover what it takes to find big growth in big data, develop the right "sales DNA" in your organization, and improve channel performance. Three new chapters look at why presales deserve more attention, how to get the most out of marketing, and how technology and outsourcing could entirely reshape the sales function. Twenty new standalone interviews have been added to those from the first edition, so there are now in-depth insights from sales leaders at Adidas, Alcoa, Allianz, American Express, BMW, Cargill, Caterpillar, Cisco, Coca-Cola Enterprises, Deutsche Bank, EMC, Essent, Google, Grainger, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Intesa Sanpaolo, Itaú Unibanco, Lattice Engines, Mars, Merck, Nissan, P&G, Pioneer Hi-Bred, Salesforce, Samsung, Schneider Electric, Siemens, SWIFT, UPS, VimpelCom, Vodafone, and Würth. Their stories, as well as numerous case studies, touch on some of the most essential elements of sales, from adapting channels to meet changing customer needs to optimizing sales operations and technology, developing sales talent and capabilities, and effectively leading the way to sales growth. Engaging and informative, this timely book details proven approaches to tangible top-line growth and an improved bottom line. Created specifically for sales executives, it will put you in a better position to drive sales growth in today's competitive market.

McKinsey Management Techniques (EBOOK BUNDLE)

Author: Ethan Rasiel

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional

ISBN: 007179655X

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 187

View: 7204

Hone your management strategy and skills for long-term success—the McKinsey Way Two books in one eBook package! The international bestseller The McKinsey Way provides a through-the-keyhole look at McKinsey & Company, the world’s leading management consulting firm. The McKinsey Mind reveals the hands-on secrets behind the firm’s success—and explains how executives from any industry can use those tactics to be more proactive and successful in their day-to-day decision-making. Now, McKinsey Management Techniques combines both books into a single ebook—so you can access valuable management lessons of this legendary firm wherever and whenever you have your eBook reader. The McKinsey Way—INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER Get an inside look at how the secretive McKinsey works its magic—and learn how to emulate the firm's well-honed practices in problem solving, communication, and management. This detailed guide teaches you how to think about business problems, solve them, and approach every aspect of a task the McKinsey way. Learn how to: Recruit and mold elite consultants Sell without “selling" Jumpstart research and make brainstorming more productive Keep a team at the top its game Create and deliver powerful presentations The McKinsey Mind The McKinsey Mind reveal the ways in which McKinsey consultants consistently deliver their magic—and how you can apply their lessons to achieve exceptional results in companies from 10 employees to 10,000. Packed with insights and brainstorming exercises for honing your “McKinsey mindset,” this in-depth guidebook helps you: Frame business problems to make them susceptible to rigorous fact-based analysis Use the same fact-based analysis—in conjunction with gut instinct—to make strategic decisions Conduct meaningful interviews and summarize the content of those interviews Analyze the data to find out the "so what" Clearly communicate fact-based solutions to all pertinent decision makers Capture and manage the knowledge in any organization to maximize its value

The Firm

Author: Duff McDonald

Publisher: Oneworld Publications

ISBN: 1780743939

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 400

View: 7033

They helped invent the bar code. They revolutionized business schools and created the corporate practices that now rule our world. They reinvented the idea of American capitalism and aggressively exported it across the globe. McKinsey employees are trusted and distrusted, loved and despised. They are doing behind-the-scenes work for the most powerful people in the world, and their ranks of alumni include the chairman of HSBC and William Hague. Renowned financial journalist Duff McDonald uncovers how these high-priced business savants have ushered in waves of structural, financial, and technological shifts but also become mired in controversy across the years. Discover how the firm both endorsed and celebrated Enron’s disastrous corporate structure and how they’ve been instrumental in the Coalition’s controversial NHS reforms. Are they worth their astronomical fees? And what do firms and governments actually get for their money? Based on exclusive interviews with key McKinsey players and written in gripping prose, this is a revealing window onto one of the most secretive and powerful companies in the world.

The Mosaic Principle

The Six Dimensions of a Remarkable Life and Career

Author: Nick Lovegrove

Publisher: PublicAffairs

ISBN: 1610395573

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 320

View: 2326

Life—personally and professionally—is lived to the fullest as a mosaic, encompassing a rich and complex set of diverse experiences that provide purpose, meaning, happiness, and success. Yet, the pressures of modern society push us toward narrower focus and deeper specialization in our lives and careers. Our pursuit of specific expertise risks us becoming isolated from those different from us; our lack of shared experience fosters suspicion and conflict. Today we have businesspeople and government officials who persistently distrust and demonize each other; a fortunate swath of society with professional and financial security, increasingly isolated from those left behind; and community leaders who struggle to relate to and connect with the communities they serve. In every walk of life we have allowed ourselves to be pushed into self-defining cocoons from which it is difficult to break out. Nick Lovegrove’s compelling vision provides the way out of this contemporary trap. He supplies vivid portraits of those who get it right (such as Paul Farmer, the physician whose broad and imaginative choices bring health and hope to the world’s poorest people) and those who get it deeply wrong (such as Jeffrey Skilling, the former CEO of Enron) and connects their experiences with a blueprint of six skills—a moral compass, transferrable skills, contextual intelligence, prepared mind, intellectual thread, and extended network. The Mosaic Principle will help you to succeed in an ever-changing, more complex, and diverse world, and build a more remarkable and fulfilling life.

What It Takes

Seven Secrets of Success from the World's Greatest Professional Firms

Author: Charles D. Ellis

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118560493

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 304

View: 6647

Expert insights on what sets the great professional firms apart from all the rest Having devoted a career that spans fifty years to consulting with and studying professional firms in the Americas, Asia, and Europe, author Charles Ellis learned firsthand how difficult it is for an organization to go beyond very good and attain, as well as sustain, excellence. Now, he shares his hard-won insights with you and reveals "what it takes" to be best-in-class in any industry. Enlightening and entertaining, What It Takes explores firms that are leaders in their particular field and the superior people who create and maintain them. Along the way, it identifies the secrets of their long-term success and reveals exactly how they can put your organization in a better position to excel when properly executed. Contains many stories of achieving excellence, and addresses the obstacles that top-ranking organizations face in sustaining it Includes insights on leaders in their particular field—from McKinsey & Company in consulting and Cravath, Swaine & Moore in law to the Mayo Clinic in healthcare Written by one of the most experienced and respected business consultants/advisors of our time What It Takes skillfully shows you how innovation and a commitment to excellence can drive success, while also revealing how easy it is to fall behind. With it, you'll discover what separates the great firms from the good ones and learn how to attain, and maintain, organizational success throughout the years.