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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.

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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.

    Growth through a downturn

    Growth through a downturn

    For many business leaders wrestling with the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic, growth may seem like a distant priority. However, once the health of employees is protected and the business is secured, many executives will quickly shift their focus to restarting the stalled growth engine. A recent McKinsey.com article reports that only one in ten companies manage to outperform on growth both during downturns and during the subsequent recovery. Today we speak with the article’s authors about what these through-cycle outperformers do differently. 
     
    Rebecca Doherty is a partner in our San Francisco office, and leads our Growth Strategy service line globally. Anna Koivuniemi is a partner in our Amsterdam office, and leads our Growth Analytics globally. Their article, Rev up your growth engine: Lessons from through cycle outperformers, is available now on mckinsey.com. 

    • 25 min
    In conversation: Innovation in a crisis

    In conversation: Innovation in a crisis

    As companies focus on navigating through the COVID-19 pandemic, many are putting innovation on the back burner. But as two of McKinsey’s top experts on innovation explain, these organizations may miss out on rare opportunities to reinvent their businesses for the post-crisis era. 

    We hear from Laura Furstenthal who leads our innovation practice in North America, serving clients in a range of industries on innovation transformations. And Erik Roth, the global leader of McKinsey’s innovation practice who advises companies on innovation strategy, new product development, business model creation, culture change, and R&D management. They are co-authors of the recent article McKinsey.com article, “Innovation in a crisis: Why it is more critical than ever.”

    • 32 min
    In conversation: Culture in M&A

    In conversation: Culture in M&A

    Among the many factors companies weigh when embarking on mergers and acquisitions, culture is one that often gets short shrift. Yet it often plays a crucial role in a deal’s success or failure. In this episode Becky Kaetzler, a leader in McKinsey’s M&A practice, explains how to conduct cultural due diligence to help ensure a deal fulfills its goals.

    • 15 min
    Committing to innovation: A discussion with investor Kevin O’Leary

    Committing to innovation: A discussion with investor Kevin O’Leary

    In this episode Erik Roth, who leads McKinsey’s global innovation practice, interviews Kevin O’Leary as part of our ongoing series on innovation. The Canadian entrepreneur, best known as one of the investors featured on the American reality TV series Shark Tank, shares his bets on innovation’s next frontier.

    • 29 min
    Choosing the right path to unlock the economy

    Choosing the right path to unlock the economy

    In this episode we try to answer two urgent questions: how should governments approach the different possible paths to reopening their economies? And what is needed to spur businesses and consumers to start spending again? 


    Two McKinsey senior partners who have been deeply involved in helping companies navigate the coronavirus pandemic discuss the current uncertainty and its impact on economic recovery. Penny Dash leads the healthcare systems and services practice in Western Europe while Sven Smit co-chairs the McKinsey Global Institute and is a member of McKinsey’s Shareholders Council. 


    For more read our recent article, https://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/strategy-and-corporate-finance/our-insights/crushing-coronavirus-uncertainty-the-big-unlock-for-our-economies

    • 23 min
    Transformation and resilience: An interview with Best Buy’s executive chairman Hubert Joly

    Transformation and resilience: An interview with Best Buy’s executive chairman Hubert Joly

    Hubert Joly, the former CEO and now executive chairman of Best Buy, speaks with Becca Coggins, a leader in McKinsey’s global retail practice, about Best Buy’s organizational transformation and how the coronavirus pandemic is changing the key measures of performance.This interview was recorded at the 2020 Global Business Leaders Forum, which was held online.

    • 43 min

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