Barbara Minto grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. She began her career on the staff of Cyrus Eaton, the industrialist who founded the famous Pugwash Conferences of nuclear scientists. Working as part of the team that organised and ran the conferences, she received sound training in tackling the problems of communicating clearly on technical subjects.
In 1961 she left Mr Eaton to attend the Harvard Business School, in the second class to admit women. Returning to Cleveland in 1963, she joined McKinsey & Company, the international management consulting firm, as their first female consultant. Her ability to write was noted, and she was transferred to London in 1966, to concentrate on developing the writing skills of their growing European staff. All reports at that time were written in English, and it was thought that consultants not writing in their first language would experience special difficulties.
It became apparent to her very quickly, however, that the writing difficulties in Dusseldorf and Paris were the same as those in New York and Cleveland. The problem was not so much to get the language right as to get the thinking clear.
This insight led her to concentrate on discovering structures of thinking that must underlie clear writing, and eventually to develop the ideas that make up this book.
She still lives in London, but since 1973 run her own firm, Minto International, Inc. She specialises in teaching the Minto Pyramid Principle to people whose major training is in business of the professions, but whose jobs nevertheless require them to produce complex reports, analyses, memorandums, or presentations.
She has taught her course to most of the major consulting firms in the US, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and the Far East, as well as in the UK. She has also lectured at the harvard, Stanford, Chicago, and London Business schools, and at the State University of New York.
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