Where is McKinsey & Company? In the 5% or the 95%

Arguably, the most powerful brain trust in the world

Surely most of their partners know that we don’t need to eat animal protein to be healthy. Not. You see, they are consultants to businesses, governments and institutions; and none of their clients ask them to solve the world’s most crucial problems–such as:

    1. World hunger
    2. The emerging energy crisis
    3. Skyrocketing cost of health care
    4. Global warming

No, they don’t work on those kinds of things because there is simply no money to be made. Take health care for example. The closest that McKinsey comes to working on our nation’s largest problem, the cost of health care, is helping their big pharmaceutical clients sell more drugs and make more money. They end up being part of the problem simply because there are no clients willing to pay them money to be part of the solution.

Sadly, like Warren Buffett, the mighty McKinsey organization, with few exceptions is part of the 95 percent of  Americans who believe that we need to eat animal protein to be healthy. Too bad we can’t harness the incredible brain power of this premier organization. From Wikpedia:

McKinsey & Company, Inc. is a global management consulting firm that focuses on solving issues of concern to senior management. McKinsey serves as an adviser to many businesses, governments, and institutions. It is recognized as one of the most prestigious firms in the consulting industry and has been a top employer for new MBA graduates since 1996.

McKinsey has about 9,000 consultants in 97 locations in 55 countries, working with more than 90% of the 100 leading global corporations and two-thirds of the Fortune 1000 list. Forbes estimated the firm’s 2009 revenues at $6.6 billion.

Dr. Shawn, my nephew and fellow 4Leaf health enthusiast

Let’s Back up. Why am I writing about McKinsey? While in New York this week, I had coffee with my nephew Shawn, who is a member of the McKinsey consulting team. A very bright young man, he has a PhD in electrical engineering AND, like his Uncle Jim, he is a 4Leaf plant-based eater. He started his healthy dietary regimen almost overnight 6 or 7 years ago after reading Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s book, Eat to Live, that I gave him for Christmas.

This week I was talking to him about our Harmony Project and asked about the possibility that some of their McKinsey Brain Trust might be inclined to help develop the message, recruit the messenger and raise the funds necessary to get that project off the ground. I asked him if he knew of any partners that might be enlightened on the power to plant-based eating to help solve those four major problems listed earlier. He knew of no one.

The emerging Lifestyle Choice of health-seeking people everywhere

Surely, out of close to 10,000 colleagues, there must be at least one partner of the firm who understands that we don’t need to eat animal protein to be healthy—and that an aggressive move in the direction of plant-based eating could not only save our lives, but could very well end up saving the planet. I was thinking that a high-powered McKinsey partner might be the ideal person to help President Clinton connect the dots regarding the “big picture” of our Western diet-style and thereby plant the seeds of interest in his becoming our lead messenger for the Harmony Project. But how do I identify that partner?

Shawn suggested that I search through the McKinsey Quarterly, an online publication  that is free to the public. By digging up articles about food, health, etc., he thought that I might find out which partners (the authors of those articles) might be the right people to contact. So, this morning I did just that and thought I was on to something when I found an article entitled Organizational health: The ultimate competitive advantage. I was thinking that it might be about healthy employees, but it wasn’t.

I did find one article entitled Three imperatives for improving US health care, a 3100-word article that didn’t mention anything about how our food choices are driving up to $2 trillion  of our $2.7 trillion cost of health care in this country. Yet the 2008 article began with…

Making health care more affordable is the key to making the US system sustainable. We can bring three of the largest sources of underlying costs and their growth under control.

So, I will keep looking and will ask Shawn to do the same. Maybe in another ten years or so, he will be that high-powered McKinsey partner that can lead a high-level project aimed at saving the planet with two words—Whole Plants. And what client would pay for that project? Maybe a consortium of ten nations who fear that the world could slip into anarchy as billions of hungry people do what they have to do to feed their families.

J. Morris Hicks, author and activist. Working daily to promote health, hope and harmony on planet Earth.

Do you know any McKinsey people? How about sending them this blog? Maybe they’ll help me find that hot-shot partner there that’s ready to change the world.

Want to learn more about Shawn’s experience with plant-based eating? You can find him on page 44 of our book. So you don’t believe that whole plants can save the world? You might want to watch a powerful world-changing movie this afternoon.

Get yourself some popcorn, or some celery, and treat yourself to the seductive voice of Glenn Close as she narrates this exceptional film. She was on CBS Sunday Morning just now—very impressive indeed.

HOME- a great 2009 film; a powerful eye-opener It’s a 90-minute movie that is likely to leave you feeling differently about the role of the human race on our precious planet. Here’s a comment that I copied from YouTube.

This movie has really changed my view on the world. I mean, I’m sure we all knew this stuff, but the amazing high definition angles and inspiring words really help shake things up in my mind. This is one of those movies where you wake up the next morning and see everything in a completely different way. I am no longer a working gear in a consumerist machine, I am an awareness in a sea of human beings. With an equal love for life, and an equal goal of the survival of the species.

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J. Morris Hicks, working daily to promote health, hope and harmony on planet Earth.

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—J. Morris Hicks, board member, T. Colin Campbell Foundation

About J. Morris Hicks

A former strategic management consultant and senior corporate executive with Ralph Lauren in New York, J. Morris Hicks has always focused on the "big picture" when analyzing any issue. In 2002, after becoming curious about our "optimal diet," he began a study of what we eat from a global perspective ---- discovering many startling issues and opportunities along the way. In addition to an MBA and a BS in Industrial Engineering, he holds a certificate in plant-based nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, where he has also been a member of the board of directors since 2012. Having concluded that our food choices hold the key to the sustainability of our civilization, he has made this his #1 priority---exploring all avenues for influencing humans everywhere to move back to the natural plant-based diet for our species.
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2 Responses to Where is McKinsey & Company? In the 5% or the 95%

  1. radioman says:

    ;} the fat people will die sooner or later

  2. In spite of all the negatives you describe, that you are still optimistic about plant foods being accepted, is remarkable.

    I hold no such illusions. My sister-in-law and her husband came to visit and for dinner they asked for…Pizza, the grand daddy of Italian junk food. And this after they spent $11000 to attend the McDougall 10 day clinic with me and my wife. Even my wife, even though she has made some changes, still eats the “Goodies.”

    Observe the supermarket spectacle, stand by a check-out aisle and look at the people as they waddle through: there size is proportional to the junk food they have in their baskets.


    How many restaurants, food markets, and other food sources do you think will ever make the change-where is the profit?

    Even vegetarian/vegan restaurants are loaded with their version of junk food. If you have to ask no oil, no cheese, no dairy, then optimism doesn’t work.

    No Jim, it will never happen, the world will get what it deserves. The fat people will prevail.

    Eat more broccoli.

    Sal Liggieri

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