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The CEO moment: Leadership for a new era

Challenged by the global pandemic, CEOs have made four shifts in the way they lead that hold great promise for both companies and society. Will they build on this unique moment, or return to the ways of the past?
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Why you’ve got to put your portfolio on the move

– We analyzed hundreds of companies, worldwide, across a decade-long business cycle. The conclusion? Winners change their business... mix, year after year. Laggards sit still.
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The one task the CFO should not delegate: Integrations

– The numbers show that when the finance chief is directly involved in identifying potential synergies, transformation and value-creation... opportunities, and cultural pitfalls, companies see greater deal success.
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The great acceleration

– The COVID-19 crisis has intensified existing trends, widening the gap between those at the top and bottom of the power curve... of economic profit. Will your strategy keep you ahead of the accelerated pace of change?
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Innovation in a crisis: Why it is more critical than ever

– Prioritizing innovation today is the key to unlocking postcrisis growth.
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Economic Conditions Snapshot, June 2020: McKinsey Global Survey results

– A new survey confirms COVID-19’s historic effects on the economy and on businesses. While executives report new risks to growth,... their overall outlook for the future continues to improve.
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Demystifying modeling: How quantitative models can—and can’t—explain the world

– The COVID-19 crisis has brought quantitative models to the forefront. Here are some ways that modeling helps us—as long... as we avoid its pitfalls.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

The value of value creation

– Long-term value creation can—and should—take into account the interests of all stakeholders.
Interview - McKinsey Quarterly

Leading with purpose and humanity: A conversation with Hubert Joly

– Best Buy’s former chairman and CEO reflects on a business’s reason for being by defining it around purpose and humanity, the link... to competitive advantage, and managing shareholders and stakeholders during a crisis and beyond.

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Beat the odds with a bold business strategy

Learn what it takes to unlock the big moves that really matter for exceptional performance.
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Valuation: Measuring and Managing the Value of Companies, 7th edition

At the crossroads of corporate strategy and finance lies valuation. This book enables everyone, from the budding professional to the seasoned manager, to excel at measuring and maximizing shareholder and company value.

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The committed innovator: A discussion with investor Kevin O’Leary

– The star of entrepreneur competition Shark Tank explains where he sees innovation opportunities in the post-COVID-19... era.
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Choosing the right path to unlock the economy

– Uncertainty is keeping consumers from spending and businesses from investing. The road to recovery requires instilling confidence.
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Transformation and resilience: An interview with Best Buy’s executive chairman Hubert Joly

– Hubert Joly shares lessons from leading the turnaround of the retail and technology giant and how it prepared him and the company... for the current crisis.
Podcast - McKinsey Quarterly

The war on the coronavirus

– Three top military leaders offer lessons from the front lines of managing deadly crises.

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Business Resilience

In the face of a crisis or economic slowdown, resilient organizations ride out uncertainty instead of being overpowered by it.
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Bias Busters Collection

It happens to the best of us. We don’t realize that some of our decisions are affected by cognitive and organizational biases.... Here are some of the most common of those biases and ways you can address them.
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McKinsey on Finance, Number 74

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Leadership in a crisis: Responding to the coronavirus outbreak and future challenges

– For many executives, the coronavirus pandemic is a crisis unlike any other in recent times. Five leadership practices can help... you respond effectively.
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The innovation commitment

– To catalyze breakthrough growth, leaders must set bold aspirations, make tough choices, and mobilize resources at scale.
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Coronavirus: 15 emerging themes for boards and executive teams

– Board directors and executives can pool their wisdom to help companies grapple with the challenge of a lifetime.
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Women as the next wave of growth in US wealth management

– An unprecedented amount of assets will shift into the hands of US women over the next three to five years, representing a $30... trillion opportunity by the end of the decade.
Interactive - McKinsey Quarterly

Five Fifty: The quickening

– If you’re feeling whiplash, it might be the ten years forward we just jumped in 90 days’ time.
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The long haul: How leaders can shift mindsets and behaviors to reopen safely

– The influence model is not only a template for organizational transformation but also a solid guide to crafting a sustainable... response to the COVID-19 crisis.
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To lead in the postcrisis tomorrow, put leadership and capabilities in place today

– Amid the crisis, companies have learned to work faster and manage better. Strategies that continually refresh those lessons through... people will define winners in the post-COVID-19 era.
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The coronavirus effect on global economic sentiment

– In North America and developing markets, respondents’ economic outlook is less favorable than in June. Across regions, views are... more uncertain on COVID-19 recovery but more hopeful on company prospects.
Interview - McKinsey Quarterly

How the State Bank of India is learning from crisis

– Rajnish Kumar, chairman of India’s largest bank, discusses COVID-19, digital transformation, and the future of work in financial... services.
Interview - McKinsey Quarterly

Making a daily ‘to be’ list: How a hospital system CEO is navigating the coronavirus crisis

– Cincinnati Children’s CEO Michael Fisher is communicating with purpose, leaning into tough choices, and emphasizing trust as he... leads through uncertainty.
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Business in 2020 and beyond

– McKinsey’s Dame Vivian Hunt, Kevin Sneader, and Bob Sternfels reflect on how the COVID-19 crisis is transforming all industries.... A transcript of their remarks follows below.
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