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How a great consultant climbed the mountain Herbert Henzler’s autobiography gives intimate insight into the man who defines consultancy at its finest, writes Kirsten Levermore

Pushing the Boundaries Herbert Henzler LID Publishing bit.ly/ pushingtheboundaries

of Henzler’s decision, and Herbert Henzler has climbed the next 100-odd pages of the mountain, bridged the book are dedicated to the chasms and taken in Henzler’s glittering career as views at the summit. In his a management consultant. autobiography, Pushing the Here, the academics are Boundaries, he tells the story left behind for a different of how he did it, why he milieu – budding and did it and, on looking back, established consultants what he would have done at McKinsey & Company. differently. “I wanted to In the German author’s help shape society, to move characteristic style (straight the needle even if I had to go to the point yet always to my limits.” eloquent), we learn about It’s a powerful message, Henzler’s rise to power, and that drive elevated some of his most notable a tuberculosis-ridden clients, and key strategies he scamp from a farm in perpetuated and pioneered. Neckarhausen, Germany, For those without a to one of the most powerful consultancy background, management consultants on these stories and findings the planet. are tough terrain – for Beginning in Henzler’s those with consultancy youth, World War II and experience, however, Germany’s tuberculosis Henzler awards you the ‘clinics’ (read: asylums) Henzler’s relentless keys to his kingdom. set the scene for the uppursuit of knowledge As the reader finds and-down childhood of a and experience bounces off themselves standing next farm-child with big brains, the pages to Henzler, looking at the a sporting talent, and too metaphorical valleys and much illness to join the local mountains over which he factory labour force. presides, we follow his gaze to a new mountain, a Confined to future in an office, Henzler new pass, a new adventure. In the final chapters chronicles his path to his only other choice – of his autobiography, the ski-loving author education. Days at university – studying and tells of his life after McKinsey. We follow him as extra-curriculars filling every waking hour – he slaloms new pistes into the offices of Credit whisk the reader through the second portion Suisse, FC Bayern Munich and the government of of the book. Henzler’s relentless pursuit of Bavaria. Finally, as if resting on a glacier or by a knowledge and experience bounces off the ski-lodge fireside, Henzler shares his reflections pages. The section ends with a personal favourite on his life, his choices, and the people that moment: when a young Henzler must choose made him. between a career in academia or working in It is an intimate, informative portrait of a selfthe world outside – a dilemma to which many affirmed man who has won his place at the top of potential consultants will relate. the management-consultancy mountain. In this case, however, we know the outcome Q4 2017 Dialogue

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