We talk with McKinsey partners and corporate executives on the challenges they face creating lasting strategies in a fast-changing world. We also examine the different ways these executives approach these challenges and the new and innovative ways they think of creating a vision for their enterprises.
Boards and sustainability
This is the first episode in a new series on board perspectives around high-priority corporate issues. In this session, Frithjof Lund, a senior partner in our Oslo office and leader of our board services work, speaks with Tomas Nauclér, a senior partner in our Stockholm office and leader of our Sustainability Practice, about how boards should engage on issues of sustainability and their organizations’ environmental, social and corporate governance impact.
Boards, strategy and the new risk environment
This year has been a challenging one for boards of directors. The pressure on boards has been increasing as they work to manage the continuing impact of the pandemic on the direction and strategies of the organizations they serve. At the same time, board members must simultaneously grapple with the implications of rapid technological shifts, and the need to embrace external perspectives about the role and purpose of the company, both in their communities and in society as a whole. Today we’re pleased to bring you a discussion on the role board directors are playing in navigating this complex environment, with a specific focus on how boards are handling risk. We’ll hear from Celia Huber, a senior partner in our Silicon Valley office, who leads our Board Services work in North America, and Olivia White, a partner in our San Francisco office who leads our work in enterprise risk management.
The committed innovator: An interview with Anjali Sud, CEO of Vimeo
In this episode, Erik Roth, who leads McKinsey’s innovation work globally, talks with Anjali Sud, CEO of Vimeo, about her experience reinventing the online video platform’s business model. It is the fifth episode in our ongoing series, which features interviews with leading innovators across a range of sectors.
Ensuring the health of your business partnerships
In the past few months, alliances and joint ventures have been essential for many companies to meeting the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. But during crises, strain can emerge even among allies, often revealing underlying problems. In this episode, Ankur Agrawal, a partner in our finance practice in the Americas who focuses on healthcare, and Eileen Kelly Rinaudo, a leader in our work on joint ventures and alliances, discuss the importance of regular partnership check-ins to make sure that, like any relationship, both sides are getting what they need.
The board’s role during crisis and beyond
McKinsey senior partner Celia Huber, who leads our board services work in North America, talks with three seasoned board directors about the role boards are playing in guiding their companies toward recovery from the COVID-19 crisis. Nora Aufreiter sits on the board of Scotiabank, supermarket operator Kroger, and real estate developer Cadillac Fairview, as well as a Toronto hospital. Peter Bisson is an independent director on the boards of HR services company ADP and research firm Gartner and Margaret (Peggy) Mulligan serves on the boards of Canadian Western Bank and mining company New Gold. The panel discussion was hosted by Canada’s Institute of Corporate Directors.
Budget planning for 2021
Budgeting for the coming calendar year entails unique challenges, given the uncertainty about the pandemic’s continuing impact. In this episode, Ankur Agrawal, Christian Grube, Matthew Maloney, and Ishaan Seth, all co-authors of the McKinsey.com article, “Memo to the CFO: A new approach to 2021 budgeting starts now,”discuss how CFOs and other business leaders should adapt their budget process for the uncertain times. They were joined by Steven M. Sterin, an independent director on the boards of DuPont and Kosmos Energy, who is the former CFO of two Fortune 500 companies: Endeavor (now a part of Marathon) and Celanese.