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The MECE Muse is a practical guide to excel in the consulting industry. The book's topics include the correct mindset and consultant performance/conditioning. I give the book 3 out of 4 stars because of its idea development, insightfulness, applicability, and language issues. I recommend this book to anyone interested in stories about the consulting industry. Someone interested in reading a list of habits, rules, and practices should not read this book because the author uses a variety of formats to get her point across.
The ideas develop well throughout the book. Interviews with consultants reinforce every concept. These include the personal nature of a business, the importance of a personal brand, and the power of cultivating relationships. Each chapter describes many ways to improve each quality of a successful consultant. For example, manners are a competitive advantage if you pronounce people's names correctly, respect cultural nuances, and hand out more compliments than insults. She includes a career toolkit. The toolkit has books, articles, and websites about topics including careers, communication, and innovation. This resource is helpful for continuous learning. Also, the author's ideas are reinforced by the conclusion that describes everything the reader needs to remember.
The book's insights open my eyes to connections I haven't made before. The author teaches that the type of people in a professional network is just as important as the network itself. For example, a network needs go-getters and connectors in addition to clients and associates. She also shows that the pursuit of excellence is more important than perfection. In her analysis, perfection is not necessary to be successful in business. Her wisdom about the value of the group slacker is helpful. I like her understanding of the slacker as someone with valuable insight into a particular problem because they have more energy than others in the group.
Many careers benefit from the author's advice. Christie's wisdom about teamwork is helpful for a wide variety of people because it is an integral part of most jobs. The balance of work-life is a topic that modern Americas relate to regardless of their work. We all struggle to get everything accomplished on time while maintaining our relationships. Her reminders to celebrate life's small successes are helpful to maintain stability.
This work's main flaws are it's language problems. There are multiple examples of run-on sentences. Commas are missing. The titles of chapters are longer than needed. One paragraph lists the same phrase about eleven times. There is awkward phrasing throughout the book, such as the acronym for point-of-sale.
The MECE Muse
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