Jeff Skilling was recently released from prison. For those at McK - how has he changed the culture internally?

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You’re asking current McK folks how the culture was changed by the actions of someone (Skilling) who left the firm ~30 years ago? A better question perhaps is what’s going on (if anything at all) at McKinsey that allows ethically questionable folks (Skilling, Gupta, Pearson etc.) to rise up and pass all the cultural screens and internal controls to make successful Partners. I imagine it would be quite an interesting answer.

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The same answer as for all the other firms and prestigious colleges (Harvard, anyone?) that have educated and employed all the rest of the world’s dictators and major criminals.... (As your parenthetical notes, nothing at all)

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The simple answer is that nothing is a meritocracy. We comfort ourselves with frameworks, methodologies, (insert company name) way of doing things and truly believe we are rational beings. In actuality we all make biased emotional decisions from who we hire to who we promote. I think the buzzword these days is unconscious bias. The halo effect and other thinking errors are real and affect every person regardless of who they are and where they work. Everyone should think about their own ascent and how they made it. The highest climbing aren’t necessarily the hardest working or most deserving. The most cunning and devious exploit the weakness in human thinking and destroy our institutions as we stand by and let it happen. Why? Because we are human. Psychopaths aren’t only serial killers and criminals - they may be and likely are your senior leaders.

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Seems like he’d be a perfect fit for the McKinsey of today. He could be a prisons consultant in Saudia Arabia or China.

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Interesting, would have never thought of it to be that way. I guess I’m wrong

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Never heard of him 😂

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I think the question was directed to McK folks

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