Summary of The McKinsey Engagement

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The McKinsey Engagement book summary
For solving business problems, several heads are better than one. In other words, use a team approach.


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Businesses and other organizations usually solve their problems through team efforts. The business consulting firm McKinsey has developed special expertise in team-based problem solving and change management. In this book, former McKinsey associate consultant Paul Friga describes TEAM FOCUS, an acronym he had invented to describe McKinsey’s method of problem solving. He integrates this McKinsey-based method with other approaches. getAbstract recommends this hands-on book to executives, managers, team leaders and business consultants who want to improve their business operations and are looking for systematic approaches to problem solving.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to use the “TEAM FOCUS” method to solve business problems
  • Why you can’t solve problems if you can’t communicate
  • Why a compelling narrative is necessary for good communication


The McKinsey Approach
Business leaders often try to emulate the military. Business literature’s greatest hits include The Art of War by Sun Tzu and Leadership Secrets of Attila the Hun by Wess Roberts. Military-related terms such as “mission, vision, hierarchy and strategic...
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About the Author

Paul Friga, Ph.D., is an associate professor at the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina and previously worked for McKinsey and PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

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