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Welcome to the McKinsey Podcast, a business and management podcast featuring conversations with leading experts. The series features topics ranging from leadership and change management to digital, analytics and deep-dives into specific regions and industries.

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Building a business within a business: How to power continual organic growth

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RECENT MCKINSEY PODCAST EPISODES

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Meet Generation Z: Shaping the future of shopping

– The newest consumer generations—Gen Z and millennials—are upturning retailers’ expectations. Here’s how—and what to do about it.
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The mass personalization of change: Large-scale impact, one individual at a time

– Here’s how technology, data, and human insight are transforming the way we enact change. Fast.
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AI in healthcare: Microsoft’s Kevin Scott on how tech can treat a pandemic

– Machine learning to develop vaccines faster; wearable devices to detect illness sooner: the COVID-19 pandemic could spark significant innovations in healthcare technologies.
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Uncovering the state of fashion

– With the global economy cooling and concerns about sustainability rising, the mood among fashion-industry executives is far from exuberant.
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Getting the measure of corporate Asia

– Over the past decade, Asia received half of all new investment in the global economy. Despite pockets of excellence, Asian companies have struggled to deliver strong returns on this influx of capital.
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The future of air travel

– Airlines and passengers alike are flying into a world of flygskam and flying taxis.
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Gold in an era of drones, deep mines, and dedollarization

– While gold does not tarnish or decay, the industry that mines, refines, and fashions the yellow metal is far less stable.
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Where next for business in the Middle East?

– The competitive landscape is shifting across the region as consumer tastes change, new digital champions emerge, and governments deregulate.
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Getting to scale with artificial intelligence

– Companies adopting AI across the organization are investing as much in people and processes as in technology.
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A conversation about the future of Asia

– Asia will account for more than half the global economy by 2040. What opportunities and risks lie ahead as “the Asian century” unfolds?
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What you need to know about women at work

– Around the world, women are paid at lower rates and wages than men and are less likely to be promoted. They also tend to work in different sectors. The implications are everyone’s business.
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Fit for the future: The common challenges facing healthcare systems—and how to meet them

– Across the developed world, health systems must adapt to aging populations, changing patient needs, and advances in technology that could both reduce costs and revolutionize clinical care.
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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.
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How to double the odds that your change program will succeed

– Large-scale organizational change is more likely to stick if executives apply equal discipline and rigor to the hard and soft elements that matter.
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How to beat your biases and make better investment decisions

– Cognitive biases can trip up even the most experienced executives but can be defeated using proven techniques.
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Peak energy, peak oil, and the rise of renewables: An executive’s guide to the global energy system

– Global energy demand is headed toward a plateau over the next ten to 20 years, as the world focuses on electrification, energy efficiency, and more service-driven economic growth.
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The value of talent management

– The roles that create the most value in your organization may not be at the top.
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Unlocking growth with data-driven marketing and creativity

– Marketing has been on the front lines of the digital revolution, but the landscape has become much more complicated, requiring a focus on growth, data, and new modes of creativity.
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Globalization’s next chapter

– Globalization isn’t in retreat, but it has morphed into a very different phenomenon, increasingly powered by trade in services and by intraregional trade.
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Getting beyond gridlock: The promise of traffic congestion solutions

– With more than half the world’s population living in cities, congestion and pollution are worsening. Technology may be able to provide new and innovative traffic congestion solutions—but only if city governments and companies collaborate.
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Why you should apply analytics to your people strategy

– Bringing advanced computing power and analytics capabilities to bear on people decisions in an organization is crucial to driving lasting and effective change.
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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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The future of advanced manufacturing technology

– A small number of factories worldwide have successfully combined automation, artificial intelligence, and the Internet of Things to achieve game-changing productivity gains. How did they do it, and what can we learn?
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What makes an organization ‘healthy’?

– Research shows that companies can improve short- and long-term performance by focusing on a small number of carefully selected management practices.
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What is leadership: Moving beyond the C-Suite

– Developing leaders at scale starts with a clear perspective on the leadership skills needed to execute strategy across the organization.
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5G winners and losers

– Next-generation mobile networks promise lower latency and higher speeds. Whether telcos can capture the value is less clear.
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AI Ethics in today’s world

– Executives and companies can enjoy the benefits of artificial intelligence while also being aware of potential drawbacks and taking careful steps to mitigate their effects.
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Defense of the cyberrealm: How organizations can thwart cyberattacks

– Governments and companies have much work to do to protect people, institutions, and even entire cities and countries from potentially devastating large-scale cyberattacks.
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Tapping into the business value of design

– Design, whether it’s of products or experiences, is not only about aesthetics but also about specific actions taken to boost revenues and customer engagement.
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How to win in Africa

– The right strategy can unlock strong, profitable growth, explain the authors of Africa’s Business Revolution.
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In pursuit of prosperity

– Why do some emerging economies grow rapidly while others languish? New research highlights the role of public policy, effective government, and globally competitive companies.
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Straight talk about employee evaluation and performance management

– Managing employee performance successfully requires real support for managers and a process that is recognized as fair.
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Start up & scale up: A conversation with Box CEO Aaron Levie

– The cloud-service cofounder and CEO talks about innovation, disruption, and harnessing the next big thing.
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Blockchain explained: What it is and isn’t, and why it matters

– Understanding how blockchain creates business value is essential for companies to identify the right use cases and move beyond small pilots to widespread adoption.
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How secure is the global financial system a decade after the crisis?

– Great strides have been made since 2008 to prevent a recurrence of the financial crisis and recession that followed. Yet there is more debt than ever in the global financial system.
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Private equity rolls on: How investors and managers are responding to scale

– The industry has taken a breather in 2018 as firms and their clients adapt to a new, more competitive normal.
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Zero-based budgeting revisited: Why this time is different

– This budgeting concept allows senior-leadership teams to put their money where their strategy is, aligning resources with business priorities and setting the example from the top.
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Data privacy: What every manager needs to know

– As companies begin to follow the principles of GDPR, the European Union directive on data protection, they must better understand what personal information really is and how to properly manage it.
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How to implement and sustain organizational change

– The fundamentals of change implementation are crucial for not only top-level executives but also frontline managers who are involved in the day-to-day work.
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Leading for the long term

– Successful CEOs combine winning strategies with compelling stories and constructive engagement with shareholders.
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Putting talent at the top of the CEO agenda

– McKinsey global managing partner Dominic Barton discusses how executives serious about delivering value need to spend more time identifying their organizations’ top performers and most critical roles.

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