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Dangerous Company

People who know me will not be surprised that I’m spotlighting a book, but they will be when they see it isn’t mine. Today the one I’m featuring is a book I read 21 years ago, “Dangerous Company.” It’s a true horror story, or stories, about a number of high profile consulting jobs that ruined or almost ruined some major companies. One of the “stars” of the book have hit the news again, McKinsey Advised Johnson & Johnson on Increasing Opioid Sales. You can read the story in this New York Times article, https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/25/business/mckinsey-johnson-and-johnson-opioids.html.

The point I’m trying to make is that not all consulting companies always look after your best interests. Of course it takes two to tango, so if a company seeks help to do something that they shouldn’t be doing, the consultants should realise that it’s not in their best interest either. In this case, I’m not sure who approached who, but someone’s moral compass wasn’t functioning.

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