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Battling cognitive biases

It happens to the best of us. We don’t realize that some of our decisions are affected by cognitive and organizational biases. Our new Bias Busters series presents articles on the most common biases and ways you can address them.
Podcast - McKinsey Quarterly

Preparing for and managing through a downturn

– As talk of an impending economic downturn takes hold in the business world, executives can take thoughtful steps to help their... companies better weather the storm.
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Short-term pain for long-term gain: The new CEO’s dilemma

– CEOs who pivot to a longer view of health and performance make the right moves for their companies, though it’s sometimes... their successors who reap the rewards.
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A winning operating model for digital strategy

– Digital is driving major changes in how companies set and execute strategy. New survey results point to four elements that top... performers include in their digital-strategy operating model.
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Bias busters: Premortems: Being smart at the start

– Conducting a premortem can help teams anticipate project failure—and head it off at the pass.
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Economic Conditions Snapshot, March 2019: McKinsey Global Survey results

– Respondents report an overall wary economic outlook and are increasingly concerned over trade. Yet there are signs of optimism... among emerging economies and for companies’ prospects.
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How to resist the allure of ‘glamour’ projects

– Shiny new initiatives can distract you from paying attention to other valuable but mundane projects and investments.
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Fielding high-performing innovation teams

– Innovation is a team sport. For projects to succeed, they must be staffed with the right combination of talent. Here is how to... ensure your initiatives have the players they need to win.
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How leading CEOs manage their middle tenures

– Five principles are useful in guiding CEOs in their third, fourth, and fifth years on the job.

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Strategy in a digital age

How to develop corporate and business-unit strategies in a digitally disrupted world.
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Five Fifty: The legacy threat

– Worried about the effect of new digital entrants on your industry and markets? Reinvented incumbents may be an equal threat.
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A new housing ecosystem: $3.8 trillion under one roof

– Digital platforms open new opportunities for connecting, integrating, and reimagining a traditional sector. Zeroing in on specific... segments and pain points shows how.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

Bias busters: Up-front contingency planning

– Avoid throwing good money after bad by developing “contingent road maps”—plans for updating your investment... strategy based on unbiased feedback from the market.
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Eight basic beliefs about capturing value in a merger

– To maximize deal value in a merger, focus on critical principles.
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Economic Conditions Snapshot, March 2019: McKinsey Global Survey results

– Respondents report an overall wary economic outlook and are increasingly concerned over trade. Yet there are signs of optimism... among emerging economies and for companies’ prospects.
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What executives think about the economy: 2004 to now

– This continually updated interactive tracks how executives around the world have viewed economic conditions and the economic prospects... of their companies, and how those views have differed over time and across industries, regions, and types of company.
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Organizational culture in mergers: Addressing the unseen forces

– Understanding culture, and proactively managing it, is critical to a successful integration. This requires a comprehensive approach.
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How to avoid losses and prune projects proactively

– It’s common for companies to hang on for too long to projects or parts of the business that are underperforming. Two effective... techniques can help executives decide when to hold on to an asset and when to let it go.
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Improving the management of complex business partnerships

– Adhering to four key principles can help companies increase the odds that their collaborations will create more value over their... life cycles.
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The tougher competitors in emerging markets

– Companies in developing economies are becoming battle hardened as they vie for growth and plug into advanced technologies. Wealth... is piling up in areas of economic vitality.
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How to resist the allure of ‘glamour’ projects

– Shiny new initiatives can distract you from paying attention to other valuable but mundane projects and investments.
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