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The McKinsey Podcast, our new flagship podcast series, takes you inside our global firm, and features conversations with experts on issues that matter most in business and management. McKinsey & Company is a management-consulting firm that helps businesses, governments, and not-for-profit organizations realize their most important goals. Topics covered in this series include strategy, technology, leadership, marketing, operations, organization, and the role of business in society.
 
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In this episode, we explore how digital analytics is revolutionizing strategy. Nicholas Northcote, who for years led McKinsey’s research on strategic decision making, is joined by Sagie Davidovich, the co-founder and CEO of SparkBeyond, a McKinsey partner company that operates an AI-driven analytics platform, and Sasha Vesuvala, who leads much of M…
 
Companies looking to bring breakthrough innovations to life need the right organizational structures and incentives in place. In his book Loonshots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas That Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries (St. Martin’s Press, March 2019), Safi Bahcall, a former biotech CEO who now helps organizations innovate, explains…
 
What responsibilities does business have to society and what benefits do companies deliver to stakeholders and society at large? In this episode of the Inside the Strategy Room podcast, two authors of a new McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) report share recent research on how the value companies bring to economies, societies, and households has chang…
 
We’re launching a new season of The McKinsey Podcast starting this Fall with fresh content.Between now and then, we’re re-broadcasting popular episodes from different McKinsey podcasts. Today, you'll hear about how companies are grappling to make sustainability-focused choicesfrom the McKinsey on Consumer and Retail podcast. Read more > Listen to t…
 
In business, breaking up is hard to do. While divesting businesses in a timely manner is an essential aspect of effective portfolio management, companies tend to struggle with separation decisions. In this episode, three experts discuss how to determine which businesses to strengthen and which to divest and explain how to make your M&A strategy nim…
 
We’re launching a new season of The McKinsey Podcast starting this Fall with fresh content.Between now and then, we’re re-broadcasting popular episodes from different McKinsey podcasts. Like a recent episode from McKinsey on Government where you’ll hear about the imperative of government to build cyber resilience, how the private sector can play a …
 
The McKinsey podcast is launching a new season with fresh content this Fall.In the meantime, we’re featuring episodes from our other popular podcasts.Today, it’s the McKinsey Global Institute’s Forward Thinking podcast. Co-host Anna Bernasek is in conversation with Jeffrey Seller, producer of Broadway hits Hamilton, In the Heights, and Rent, about …
 
As companies prepare for the recovery from the pandemic, many leaders hope innovation will set them up for the next phase of growth. In this episode, Laura Furstenthal, whose client work focuses on healthcare organizations and innovation transformations, and Erik Roth, leader of McKinsey’s global innovation practice, explain how to establish a sust…
 
The combination of Dow Chemical and DuPont in 2017, followed by a split into three separate companies, was a huge and highly complex transaction that transformed the chemical industry landscape. In this episode, Howard Ungerleider, president and CFO of Dow, explains how the management teams of the two global giants approached the merger that produc…
 
Board members are increasingly challenging management to ensure the organization’s talent pipeline can meet the needs of the strategy. In this episode, we continue our series on board perspectives by looking at the board’s role in helping organizations develop the right talent and culture. To explore this topic, Frithjof Lund, the global leader of …
 
The COVID-19 pandemic forced the National Basketball Association (NBA) to develop new ways to engage with fans. Amy Brooks is the NBA’s first chief innovation officer. She oversees innovation initiatives across four leagues—the NBA, the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), the NBA G League (minor league), and the esports NBA 2K League—an…
 
Work without passion can lead to listlessness says Joanna Barsh, senior partner emeritus, director emeritus of the Centered Leadership Project, and today's guest. So, practically speaking, how can leaders help their people find passion, when they feel none? What question can you ask yourself to stay engaged at work and in the world? What can leader…
 
Optimism is high for flourishing entrepreneurship postpandemic according to McKinsey senior partners Kim Baroudy and Massimo Mazza. It's the acceleration of innovation, investment and tech that encourage their enthusiasm. Hear their take on the trends bolstering Europe and a new generation of startups. Read more > Listen to the podcast (duration: 4…
 
As chairman and CEO of State Street Corporation, Ron O’Hanley oversees one of the largest and oldest American financial institutions, with $38 trillion in assets under custody and administration, and $3.5 trillion in assets under management. In this episode he tells Celia Huber, who leads McKinsey’s board services work in North America, why State S…
 
For Michelle Gass, the CEO of US retail chain Kohl’s, the pandemic delivered an education in the importance of decisive and inclusive leadership. But preparing the company for growth in the recovery, starting with a major partnership with cosmetics brand Sephora, is where her true passion lies. In this episode, she speaks with Sajal Kohli, leader o…
 
Uncertainty is certain in this world where the way people work is changing fast. Those with a plan to future-proof their organization will be set up for agile responses to the unexpected. Hear from Chris Gagnon, a McKinsey senior partner, and Elizabeth Mygatt, a McKinsey associate partner, on why org charts inadequately describe how an organization…
 
As the global leader of GS Accelerate, Goldman Sachs’ internal incubator that identifies, invests in, and develops new businesses, Tanya Baker has been instrumental in helping the financial services giant establish sustainable innovation capabilities. In this episode of the Committed Innovator series, Baker shares her experience evolving the progra…
 
Airbnb navigated a major crisis in 2020–the online marketplace went from having its long-term survival questioned to staging a successful IPO several months later. In this episode, James Manyika, a senior partner based in San Francisco who co chairs the McKinsey Global Institute, talks with Brian Chesky about his experience leading Airnbnb through …
 
The process of joining a public company’s board tends to be complex and confusing, especially for first-time directors. In this episode of the Inside the Strategy Room podcast, Celia Huber, who leads McKinsey’s board services work in North America, speaks with experts on board membership and governance from the executive search and leadership consu…
 
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