Structured Thinking

Increasing Effectiveness by Implementing Structure

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This eBook will allow professionals to increase their impact in ‘the McKinsey way’, while keeping the fluff, frustration, and over hours at bay.
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Laura Kits (Amsterdam, 1989) is an independent strategy consultant who started her career at McKinsey & Company in 2014, after obtaining a Master’s in history from Oxford University. She left McKinsey to chase her ambitions of breaking into the music industry. Laura now combines her music work w

Many (former) top tier strategy consultants say that their main source of added value lies in their ability to structure complex information, and provide clarity and guidance in the process. The author of this eBook learned structured thinking and working at McKinsey & Company. In the eBook, she takes the abracadabra out of this highly valuable skill that is monopolized by consultants. In a simple and clear manner, the author explains what structuring really is and why it is so helpful. More importantly, she shows the reader how structure is applied in many frequently occurring business projects or situations.

This eBook will allow professionals to increase their impact in ‘the McKinsey way’, while keeping the fluff, frustration, and over hours at bay.

About the Author

Laura Kits (Amsterdam, 1989) is an independent strategy consultant who started her career at McKinsey & Company in 2014, after obtaining a Master’s in history from Oxford University. She left McKinsey to chase her ambitions of breaking into the music industry. Laura now combines her music work with freelance strategy consulting projects. She works as an adviser and project manager for several clients at C-level. She is also a published author of four educational history books; over 50 articles and profiles in the executive search industry for clients such as Bain & Company and Unilever; and several pieces in national newspapers and magazines.

  • About the author
  1. Introduction
  2. What is structure and why does it matter?
    1. Defining structure
    2. What structure brings us
    3. Structure or status quo: A trade-off
  3. Synthesizing all frameworks: Top Down, SMART, and MECE
    1. Five structuring frameworks consultants love to use
    2. Popular Structuring Frameworks: An Introduction
    3. Capturing the most important aspects of the frameworks
  4. Applying structure across the main areas of your work
    1. Top Down Communication: Structure First, Content Second
  5. Finding and providing coaching
  6. Conclusion
  • Appendix