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Getting personal about change

The need to shift mind-sets is the biggest block to successful transformations. The key lies in making the shift both individual and institutional—at the same time.

The drumbeat of digital: How winning teams play

– Pace and power go hand in hand for digital leaders, which typically run four times faster and pull critical strategic levers two... times harder than other companies do.

Demystifying deal making: Lessons from M&A veterans

– Two longtime experts in mergers and acquisitions describe what works—and what doesn’t—in corporate deal making,... including how to approach the role of activist investors.

How lots of small M&A deals add up to big value

– New research confirms that companies that regularly and systematically pursue moderately sized M&A deliver better shareholder... returns than companies that don’t.

Admit it, your investments are stuck in neutral

– New research shows that companies that know how to shift critical resources where and when they’re needed share common traits.... Rigor is the first one.

The secret ingredient of successful big deals: Organizational health

– Creating value from a merger is not easy. Acquirers that get it right start with an overlooked advantage: a healthy organization.

Confronting overconfidence in talent strategy, management, and development

– Best practices are well understood. But are companies following them as closely as their leaders claim?

Bubbles pop, downturns stop

– Economic downturns are impossible to predict and sure as sunrise. Build resilience now, because when the sun comes up, you’d better... be moving.

Want a better decision? Plan a better meeting

– Effective meetings produce better business decisions. Yet too many decision meetings are doomed from the get-go. You can do better.

Interviews

Speak softly, make tough decisions: An interview with Alibaba Group chairman and CEO Daniel Zhang

The chairman and CEO of China’s e-commerce giant describes Alibaba’s approach to innovation and how he balances analytics and instinct to push himself to spot hidden opportunities.

All in: From recovery to agility at Spark New Zealand

– Three members of the telco’s top team describe the challenges and rewards of implementing agile rapidly—and the power... of a “no plan B” approach to change.

Compound growth at MilliporeSigma

– CEO Udit Batra describes what it took to fuse two vibrant R&D organizations, as well as the business value realized from their... integration.

The public–private imperative in urban mobility: A view from Canada

– Josipa Petrunic imagines a low-carbon, smart-mobility future for Canada. In this interview, she describes how CUTRIC, the consortium... she leads, is bringing the public and private sectors together to make it happen.

Featured research

Bias busters: Getting both sides of the story

How can the CEO break employees’ silence and get the critical input needed to make the right strategic moves?

The public sector gets serious about customer experience

– As public expectations rise, government agencies are doubling down on improving service delivery to delight their customers.

The Chinese luxury consumer

– If you’re in luxury goods and services, China is the story.

Can artificial intelligence help society as much as it helps business?

– The answer is yes—but only if leaders start embracing technological social responsibility (TSR) as a new business imperative... for the AI era.

Industry dynamics

Learning from digital threats

Incumbent companies are finding they have strong hands to play as competition intensifies. .

Booming cities, unintended consequences

– Roadways clogged by commercial vehicles and intense competition for affordable housing are imposing costs on prosperous cities... and their most vulnerable residents.

AI’s growing impact

– Smart machines are giving storytellers and risk managers alike a helping hand.

Five Fifty: The industry effect

– What’s the single biggest determinant of how your company performs relative to others? The industry you compete in.

Podcasts

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.

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.

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.

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.

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