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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.

Inside the Strategy Room McKinsey Strategy & Corporate Finance

    • Management
    • 4.2, 61 Ratings

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.

    The war on the coronavirus

    The war on the coronavirus

    McKinsey partner Yuval Atsmon talks with three top US Air Force and Navy leaders about what corporate executives can learn from the practices of military commanders. Michael Donley served as the 22nd secretary of the United States Air Force. He has 30 years of experience in the national security community, including service on the staffs of the United States Senate, White House, and Pentagon. Robert Kehleris a retired United States Air Force general who served as commander of the US Strategic Command and of Air Force Space Command, among other positions. Eric Olsonis a retired United States Navy admiral who headed the US Special Operations Command. He is also the first Navy SEAL to be appointed to three-star and four-star flag rank. Yuval Atsmon—himself a former tank commander—is the author of the new article “Lessons from the generals: Decisive action amid the chaos of crisis.”

    • 41 min
    Four ways to assess projects and keep them on track

    Four ways to assess projects and keep them on track

    Biases can lead executives to misjudge project potential, ignore potential pitfalls, and leave failures to fester. In this episode, McKinsey partner Tim Koller and University of Sydney professor of business strategy Dan Lovallo speak with McKinsey Strategy & Corporate Finance communications director Sean Brown about how to bust common biases by avoiding snap judgements, eliciting strong arguments for and against proposals, carrying out project premortems, and using contingency plans to avoid the so-called sunk-cost fallacy.

    • 37 min
    CFO leadership in the COVID-19 crisis

    CFO leadership in the COVID-19 crisis

    As companies craft their responses to the COVID-19 crisis, CFOs are in the thick of the action. They need to make sure that their organizations weather the immediate business shocks while preparing them to emerge from the crisis in the best possible shape.In this episode of the Inside the Strategy Room podcast, Strategy and Corporate Finance communications director Sean Brown talks with three of McKinsey’s corporate finance experts about the top imperatives for CFOs today. Ishaan Seth is the leader of the Strategy and Corporate Finance practice in the Americas and heads McKinsey’s Financial Services practice. Ankur Agrawal leads the CFO Finance service line in North America, working primarily in healthcare, and Kapil Chandra heads up our work in Europe on financial transformation in banking.

    • 22 min
    Cash preservation in response to COVID-19

    Cash preservation in response to COVID-19

    During the COVID-19 crisis, a core priority for many companies is preserving cash. In this episode, Strategy and Corporate Finance communications director Sean Brown talks with three of McKinsey’s corporate finance experts about the best ways to ensure liquidity now and manage cash and working capital as the business environment starts to stabilize. Kevin Carmody is one of the founders of McKinsey’s Transformation Practice. Tim Koller is a founder and leader of our Corporate Finance Practice, as well as the lead author of Valuation, the seventh edition of which will be published in May. Allie Owens is a consultant who focuses on growth strategy, working capital, and M&A.

    • 27 min
    COVID-19: Implications for business

    COVID-19: Implications for business

    In this episode we share excerpts from a webcast session on COVID-19’s implications for business resilience. It was recorded at the 2020 Global Business Leaders Forum, which had been scheduled to take place in New York in early April but was instead held online. In conversation with Strategy and Corporate Finance communications director Sean Brown, two McKinsey experts offer their perspectives on how businesses can develop business strategies for responding to the pandemic crisis and preparing for the “next normal.” Mihir Mysore is a leader of McKinsey’s work on crisis response and recently co-authored “Responding to coronavirus: The minimum viable nerve center.” Shubham Singhal is the global leader of the healthcare practice who co-wrote “Beyond coronavirus: The path to the next normal.”

    • 18 min
    COVID-19: How business leaders should plan ahead for the next stage

    COVID-19: How business leaders should plan ahead for the next stage

    In early April 2020 we hosted our annual Global Business Leaders Forum. We held the Forum online and focused the first day on the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on business. Martin Hirt, a senior partner in our Greater China Office and the global co-leader of the Strategy and Corporate Finance Practice, recently co-authored two articles on the crisis titled “Safeguarding our lives and our livelihoods: The imperative of our time” and “Getting ahead of the next stage of the coronavirus crisis.”He opened the Forum with a discussion on COVID-19 and its implications for business and society. Here are the highlights from Martin’s session including his responses to questions he received from Forum attendees.

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

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61 Ratings

61 Ratings

Carl from chicago ,

An excellent podcast on strategy

This is an excellent podcast on strategy and recommended for a business executive with aspirations to grow and learn.

Like it or not McKinsey is probably influencing your highest executives and it is valuable to see how they approach problems. They often seek to differentiate winning from losing approaches and attempt to support this with data, often data that is not widely available from their own research.

I especially enjoy their articles on the typical deficiencies of your planning cycle and how to change it.

Karso53 ,

Sound editing

Pleas have your sound person increase the volume on each episode. It is virtually impossible to hear the content while doing anything active, even with the volume maxed out. Treadmill, yard work, noisy area, etc. McKinsey(all podcasts to include “on China” “in the strategy room” etc) is the only podcast producer where I have this problem.

Thanks you

John A G ,

Evolution of the CFO

Given this was by McKinsey I expected a richer level of insight. Much of what was shared are well established and understood themes. A bit simplistic.

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