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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

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    • 4.2 • 96 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.

    Michelle Gass of Kohl’s on shifting from survival to growth

    Michelle Gass of Kohl’s on shifting from survival to growth

    For Michelle Gass, the CEO of US retail chain Kohl’s, the pandemic delivered an education in the importance of decisive and inclusive leadership. But preparing the company for growth in the recovery, starting with a major partnership with cosmetics brand Sephora, is where her true passion lies. In this episode, she speaks with Sajal Kohli, leader of McKinsey’s global retail and consumer packaged goods work, about using the crisis to reposition the retailer for a new era.

    • 33 min
    The Committed Innovator: A conversation with Tanya Baker of Goldman Sachs Accelerate

    The Committed Innovator: A conversation with Tanya Baker of Goldman Sachs Accelerate

    As the global leader of GS Accelerate, Goldman Sachs’ internal incubator that identifies, invests in, and develops new businesses, Tanya Baker has been instrumental in helping the financial services giant establish sustainable innovation capabilities. In this episode of the Committed Innovator series, Baker shares her experience evolving the program and fostering entrepreneurial ventures within the firm. Tanya spoke with Erik Roth, who leads McKinsey’s innovation work globally.

    • 34 min
    The 21st century corporation: A conversation with Brian Chesky of Airbnb

    The 21st century corporation: A conversation with Brian Chesky of Airbnb

    Airbnb navigated a major crisis in 2020–the online marketplace went from having its long-term survival questioned to staging a successful IPO several months later. In this episode, James Manyika, a senior partner based in San Francisco who co chairs the McKinsey Global Institute, talks with Brian Chesky about his experience leading Airnbnb through the crisis. Their discussion is based upon an article James recently co-authored titled, ‘It's time to build 21st century companies: Learning to thrive in a radically different world’ and inspired by his conversations and work with CEOs like Brian.

    You’ll hear James share some of the core insights from the article before Brian discusses how Airbnb addressed the sudden and dramatic plunge in its business, how they adapted their business model to those new realities, and how they led to a reimagination of how Airbnb defines its role in society and the economy.


    This podcast was recorded during a recent online global CEO event focused on growing out of the crisis.

    • 41 min
    Untangling the often mysterious process of joining a corporate board

    Untangling the often mysterious process of joining a corporate board

    The process of joining a public company’s board tends to be complex and confusing, especially for first-time directors. In this episode of the Inside the Strategy Room podcast, Celia Huber, who leads McKinsey’s board services work in North America, speaks with experts on board membership and governance from the executive search and leadership consulting firm Spencer Stuart, based in Chicago, and the independent investment management company Invesco, headquartered in Atlanta. Julie Daum, head of Spencer Stuart’s board practice in North America, and Sarah Beshar, a corporate lawyer who chairs the nomination and corporate governance committee on Invesco’s board, about the preparations and commitments that newcomers to board service should expect.

    • 28 min
    Kevin Sneader on the eight trends that will define 2021–and beyond

    Kevin Sneader on the eight trends that will define 2021–and beyond

    Crises tend to give rise to remarkable innovations and insights. Today is just such a moment, raising challenges to many long-held beliefs about how companies should operate. In this episode, McKinsey’s global leader Kevin Sneader talks with senior partner Celia Huber about the eight trends that will shape the post-COVID-19 economy, which he writes about in his recent article, ‘The next normal arrives: Trends that will define 2021—and beyond’. Their conversation took place during a recent virtual event featuring conversations with business leaders around the world.

    • 23 min
    Preparing for future growth: A conversation with Simon Pryce of Ultra Electronics

    Preparing for future growth: A conversation with Simon Pryce of Ultra Electronics

    As the former CEO of BBA Aviation and a senior executive at GKN, Simon Pryce has led organizations that grew rapidly through acquisitions. Now, as the CEO of Ultra Electronics, a British company that develops technology for defense and security industries, he is overseeing a corporate transformation that aims to position Ultra for future growth. In this episode of the Inside the Strategy Room podcast, he talks with Tanuja Randery, a partner in McKinsey’s Transformation Practice, about the company’s approach to innovation and how Ultra is building an adaptable workforce.

    • 32 min

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96 Ratings

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Excellent Podcast

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