Walter Kiechel III

Author, The Lords of Strategy
Journalist, Business Management and Corporate Strategy Expert

A renowned business journalist and writer of extraordinary skill explains management strategy.

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Biography

Walter Kiechel’s career has been devoted to the exploring and explaining the world of commerce to readers of the most prestigious business publications in the world — Fortune magazine and the Harvard Business Review.

Focusing on management and strategy, Walter has provided insight and guidance to a generation of executives and business students with his fascinating, insider take on the work of managers — always presented in a memorable, exciting prose style that is in marked contrast to typical business writing.

He has interviewed and written about some of the greatest minds of the business world, including Jack Welch, John Kotter (author of Leading Change and Our Iceberg is Melting), Margaret Wheatley (author of Finding Our Way and Authentic Conversations), and Adam Brandenburger (author of Co-opetition).

At Fortune, he contributed numerous cover stories along with a weekly column exploring the techniques, psychology, and sociology of management.

Walter Kiechel is the author of —

The Lords of Strategy: The Secret Intellectual History of the New Corporate World
"The story of the four men who invented corporate strategy as we know it and set in motion the modern, multibillion-dollar consulting industry:

  • Bruce Henderson, founder of Boston Consulting Group
  • Bill Bain, creator of Bain & Company
  • Fred Gluck, longtime Managing Director of McKinsey & Company
  • Michael Porter, Harvard Business School professor

Providing a window into how to think about strategy today, Kiechel tells their story with novelistic flair. At times inspiring, at times nearly terrifying, this book is a revealing account of how these iconoclasts and the organizations they led revolutionized the way we think about business, changed the very soul of the corporation, and transformed the way we work." — Amazon.com book description

Office Hours: A Guide to the Managerial Life
A collection of his celebrated Fortune — Office Hours columns which he contributed to the magazine over a 12 year period.

His current Harvard Business Review articles cover a wide range of topics of interest to business leaders, including:

  • Buying and selling strategies of private equity firms
  • Leadership
  • Jack Welch
  • Management career development
  • Organizational management
  • Negotiation

Walter has appeared regularly on radio, including chairing a program on "The New Economy" for CBS radio. His television credits include hosting Fortune’s CNBC television program.

Credentials

  • Former managing editor, Fortune magazine
  • Former reporter, Fortune magazine
  • Former editorial director, Harvard Business School Publishing
  • Editor at large, Harvard Business Review
  • Member of the New York bar
  • JD and MBA, Phi Beta Kappa Harvard University

Books

The Lords of Strategy

The Secret Intellectual History of the New Corporate World

Walter Kiechel III

Imagine, if you can, the world of business — without corporate strategy.

Remarkably, fifty years ago that's the way it was. Businesses made plans, certainly, but without understanding the underlying dynamics of competition, costs, and customers. It was like trying to design a large-scale engineering project without knowing the laws of physics.

But in the 1960s, four mavericks and their posses instigated a profound shift in thinking that turbocharged business as never before, with implications far beyond what even they imagined. In The Lords of Strategy, renowned business journalist and editor Walter Kiechel tells, for the first time, the story of the four men who invented corporate strategy as we know it and set in motion the modern, multibillion-dollar consulting industry:

  • Bruce Henderson, founder of Boston Consulting Group
  • Bill Bain, creator of Bain & Company
  • Fred Gluck, longtime Managing Director of McKinsey & Company
  • Michael Porter, Harvard Business School professor

Providing a window into how to think about strategy today, Kiechel tells their story with novelistic flair. At times inspiring, at times nearly terrifying, this book is a revealing account of how these iconoclasts and the organizations they led revolutionized the way we think about business, changed the very soul of the corporation, and transformed the way we work.

Harvard Business School Press (April 1, 2010)

Review

Bing Think In the BoardroomThe Wall Street Journal

Office Hours

A Guide to the Managerial Life

Walter Kiechel III

Little, Brown and Company (1988)

Topics

Walter tailors each presentation to the needs of his audience and is not limited to the topics we have listed below. These are subjects that have proven valuable to customers in the past and are meant only to suggest his range and interests. Please ask us about any subject that interests you; we are sure that we can accommodate you.

Management strategy

Articles

— Harvard Business Review