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.
How to master the seven-step problem-solving process
Structured problem solving can be used to address almost any complex challenge in business or public policy.
Centered leadership creates connection in turbulent times
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 leadership do to engender trust during these turbulent times? Tune in for immediately implementable actions that can change your daily perspective for the better.
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Entrepreneurship beyond Silicon Valley
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.
How to future-proof your organization
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 works, why the best companies have a distinct philosophy -- and why hiring the best talent keeps leadership up at night.
The search for purpose at work
Is it tough to define your purpose at work? You’re not alone. Half of the US-employees surveyed in the McKinsey report "Help your employees find purpose or watch them leave" are reconsidering the work they want to do as a result of Covid-19. Hear from two of the authors, Bill Schaninger and Naina Dhingra. They'll share their definition of individual purpose, why purpose benefits the organization as a whole, and two probing questions that will help you articulate what your individual purpose is.
The report can be found here: https://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/organization/our-insights/help-your-employees-find-purpose-or-watch-them-leave
How air travel is evolving postpandemic
Hit hard by the the COVID-19 pandemic, what are the early signs of how air travel is adapting? What changes will we see in business and leisure travel? In what kind of sustainability technologies are airlines investing? Filling us in are two McKinsey partners with deep understanding of the issues. Alex Dichter is a senior partner in London who leads McKinsey’s travel practice. Robin Riedel is a partner in McKinsey’s aerospace and defense practice who leads advanced air mobility for the McKinsey Center for Future Mobility out of San Francisco.
Global Financial Security
Good job looking back at the reason for the recession nearly 10 years ago. The banks are given credit for the lion share of the collapse in the markets and home ownership. But you need to go back further and study why the banks were in that spot. Home ownership became an entitlement during the Bush and Clinton era. Home ownership was an American right. Banks were loaning 110% more or less over appraisals. The feds supported it. Home ownership is and must be a privilege that is earned over time being a good steward of financial resources.
Poster Child of a Soulless Mega-Firm
McKinsey is a true world leader in tolerating evil.
Content is professional. I believe that McKinsey is adding to the already pervasive bias that men with British accent are infinitely more capable than without. For a company I look to to help dispel myths this feels like fuel to the fire.