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Gestatten: Elite.

Posted in Florida by Ulf on November 12, 2008

Yesterday something really funny happened:

41lst9qlx6l_ss500_As most of you probably know I sent a mass mail around for promoting this blog. My uncle also received this email. I don’t talk to my uncle very often, but whenever I do, it’s really a pleasure. He often has book tips for me. This time he recommended reading “Gestatten: Elite” by Julia Friedrichs.

As he told me, Julia Friedrichs used to work for McKinsey which is a large consulting company. Working for McKinsey seems to bring along many conveniences etc. Julia however left the company and wrote this book for reflecting about what she had seen.

So, why is this such an amazing coincidence? Next week McKinsey will invite me and about 30 other Germans to Miami, Florida for a three-days seminar. We will get in touch with one consulting project so that we can see how McKinsey works. McKinsey calls this seminar “Neuland 2008”.

I hope I will manage to keep a clear head during the seminar. I don’t want to become a stupid white-collar city slicker who just wastes other peoples money without really understanding what he is doing. I even have a bad feeling by now because McKinsey is paying for this trip to Florida. I mean… actually it is not McKinsey who pays for the trip but some company anywhere in the world that probably fired many poor employees because McKinsey told them that this would be the best way to maximize profit. As you can see, I still have a lot to learn about management consulting companies.


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  1. Elkö said, on November 13, 2008 at 10:43 am

    Or, another view:
    It’s not McKinsey that told the enterprise to fire some people.

    It might be the leading equipe of the enterprise. Still, firing people is not the most congenial thing to do. But if a obviously successful consulting company proposes this to be the only solution (huch, from WHOM might they have gotten this idea), than, of course, you NEED to do it although you would have never thought of that and it is what you unlike doing the most.

    But, you have no choice and the blacksheep is … the world economy, last oil prices or Barack Obama :)

  2. chrissi said, on November 15, 2008 at 4:58 am

    Wenn es darum geht, dass andere für dich etwas bezahlen, dann denk mal an Greifswald. ^^’ Hehe, wenn du das Buch dann mal liest, sag mir wie es ist. Hört sich interessant an. :)

  3. ulf84 said, on November 15, 2008 at 9:56 am

    Ja, bei den Sommerakademien hast du sicher Recht. Sie kosten die Studienstiftung in den zwei Wochen etwa 500 Euro / Person, wenn ich das richtig im Kopf habe (es waren wohl knappe 100.000 Euro pro Akademie, abzüglich ca. 10.000 Euro Selbstbeteiligung). Die Ausgaben für den Florida-Urlaub dürften in den drei-vier Tagen pro Person mindestens doppelt so hoch sein, wenn nicht sogar mehr.

    Aber im Kern hast du Recht, es ist in beiden Fällen Spaß auf Kosten anderer. Das ist nicht gerecht.

  4. kalifornientom said, on November 15, 2008 at 2:15 pm

    :D … wenn der Teufel ne Party schmeißt, um Seelen zu fangen, darfst du Freibier trinken soviel du willst! … nur unterschreiben solltest du nicht! ;) … otherwise you’ll end up like René. :D

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