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Ten tips for leading companies out of crisis

March 2014—Even good managers can miss the early signs of distress, says McKinsey’s Doug Yakola, who’s been running recovery programs for 20 years. The first step is to acknowledge there’s a problem.more

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The organization that renews itself: Lasting value from lean management

February 2014—Applying lean principles to management, rather than just operations, can help large organizations reimagine how they work and unlock value through continuous improvement.more

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When big data goes lean

February 2014—The combination of advanced analytics and lean management could be worth tens of billions of dollars in higher earnings for large manufacturers. A few leading companies are showing the way.more

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Driving lean management: An interview with the COO of TD Ameritrade

February 2014—The financial-services group’s Marv Adams explains how ridding organizations of valueless complexity can spur growth.more

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(Still) learning from Toyota

February 2014—A retired Toyota executive describes how to overcome common management challenges associated with applying lean, and reflects on the ways that Toyota continues to push the boundaries of lean thinking.more

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Next frontiers for lean

February 2014—Lean-production techniques have been revolutionizing operations for 50 years. Advances in technology, psychology, and analytics may make the next 50 even more exciting.more

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Remaking the industrial economy

February 2014—A regenerative economic model—the circular economy—is starting to help companies create more value while reducing their dependence on scarce resources.more

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Moving toward a circular economy

February 2014—In this narrated slideshow, McKinsey alumnus Markus Zils explains how the circular economy encourages companies to seek ways of retaining more of the value of the material, energy, and labor inputs that go into their products.more

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3-D printing takes shape

January 2014—Additive manufacturing is evolving quickly. Senior executives should begin preparing for five disruptions that will accompany it.more

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Next-shoring: A CEO’s guide

January 2014—Proximity to demand and innovative supply ecosystems will trump labor costs as technology transforms operations in the years ahead.more

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Radically reshaping manufacturing: A conversation with Katy George

January 2014—In this interview, the McKinsey director explains next-shoring and why dramatic changes in demand and technology, as well as in energy and labor costs, are forcing manufacturers to rethink production and distribution strategies.more

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Why the COO should lead social-media customer service

January 2014—Although social channels have become powerful and cost-effective tools for customer service, management may be in the wrong hands.more

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