This is a real gem for all of you who speak German.
I came across this book at the airport last week, and at the end of the day, I had finished it. The book is called
Folienkrieg und Bullshitbingo: Handbuch für Unternehmensberater, Opfer und Angehörige by Ewald F. Walden (Amazon.de link). It is the truth, and nothing but the truth, about working for a big consulting firm. There were tons of “YES! THIS IS EXACTLY HOW IT IS!” moments in there, and despite being quite factual and informative, the book is a good laugh (a deeply ironic laugh sometimes, but nonetheless).
If you are considering a job in consulting in Germany – buy the book. You’ll get a very realistic idea of what might be ahead of you, and it gives you the whole picture, with all pro’s and con’s.
If you are a consultant at a big firm – buy the book. See, you are not alone. They all are as crazy as you are. There’s even a list of books to read and movies to watch during the occasional lonesome evening at the hotel.
If your significant other, child, sibling, good friend, etc. is a consultant at a big firm – buy the book. It will explain a lot, and you will be able to understand some of the strange behaviours that he/she has.
Bottom line: Just buy it. Here.
Disclaimer: I signed up for the Amazon Affiliate Program, so in theory, I’ll get a few cents when you buy the book through the links posted here. I mostly did it to see if my recommendation has any effect whatsoever.
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Also recommendable is the work of Edward Tufte, e.g. his essay on Powerpoint: http://www.edwardtufte.com/tufte/powerpoint and on visualization: http://www.edwardtufte.com/tufte/books_vdqi or go directly crazy as consultant and surprise your clients by exchanging powerpoint by http://prezi.com/.... but I guess that's more for guys who are as cool as using macbooks as company hardware....
If you enjoy humor about the consulting industry you will also love the cartoons at www.bigtimeconsulting.org