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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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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.

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.

Getting to scale with artificial intelligence

– Companies adopting AI across the organization are investing as much in people and processes as in technology.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Matching talent to value

– The roles that create the most value in your organization may not be at the top. Getting the right people in these critical seats can turbocharge performance.

How to unlock marketing-led growth: Data, creativity, and credibility

– 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.

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.

Getting beyond gridlock in cities

– With more than half the world’s population living in cities, congestion and pollution are worsening. Technology may hold the solution—but only if city governments and companies collaborate.

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.

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.

The future of manufacturing

– In this episode of the McKinsey Podcast, Simon London speaks with McKinsey senior partner Katy George and partner Enno de Boer about the future of manufacturing—think digital and advanced analytics, not robots.

What makes an organization ‘healthy’?

– In this episode of the McKinsey Podcast, Simon London speaks with McKinsey partners Rajesh Krishnan and Brooke Weddle about the ins and outs of organizational health.

Leadership beyond the C-suite

– In this episode of the McKinsey Podcast, Simon London speaks with McKinsey senior partner Claudio Feser and associate partner Nicolai Nielsen about the research in their new book, Leadership at Scale: Better Leadership, Better Results.

Who wins in a 5G world?

– In this episode of the McKinsey Podcast, Simon London speaks with McKinsey senior partners Ferry Grijpink and Philipp Nattermann—ahead of the headline telecommunications conference Mobile World Congress (MWC).

The ethics of artificial intelligence

– In this episode of the McKinsey Podcast, Simon London speaks with MGI partner Michael Chui and McKinsey partner Chris Wigley about how companies can ethically deploy artificial intelligence.

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.

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.

How to win in Africa

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

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.

Spotlight on other series

Podcast - McKinsey Talks Talent

The new science of talent: From roles to returns

January 2020 – Getting the right people into the right roles is more vital than ever. Here’s how to deliver returns on talent faster—and help more women rise to the C-suite at the same time.
Podcast - Inside the Strategy Room

Partners in profit: Creating successful business alliances

January 2020 – As partnerships grow more complex, putting the right foundations in place from the start becomes even more crucial to lucrative and lasting collaboration.
Podcast - McKinsey on Healthcare

Getting the right care to the right people at the right cost: An interview with Ron Walls

November 2019 – At face value, the problem is simple: Getting the right care to the right people at the right cost—but anyone who has touched or worked in the industry knows that it’s a lot more complicated. As part of our series looking at productivity, Dr. Ron Walls, COO at Brigham Health discusses the opportunities to improve healthcare productivity—and the steps that leaders could be taking today to improve healthcare delivery.