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Fostering women leaders: A fitness test for your top team

January 2015—Posing five questions can help start a challenging management conversation.more

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Why diversity matters

January 2015—New research makes it increasingly clear that companies with more diverse workforces perform better financially.more

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Confronting corruption

January 2015—Policies, controls, and culture must all work together to withstand the inevitable pressures when they arise.more

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Building capabilities for performance

January 2015—The capabilities that companies need most have evolved, but methods of building those skills have not. Our survey finds that the most effective companies focus on sustaining skills and linking learning to business performance.more

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Decoding leadership: What really matters

January 2015—New research suggests that the secret to developing effective leaders is to encourage four types of behavior.more

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Making boards work

December 2014—Most directors don’t understand the company’s strategy and prioritize short-term gain at the expense of creating long-term value. We recommend four essential changes.more

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How to get the most from big data

December 2014—Organizations need specialists, or “translators,” who can analyze, distill, and clearly communicate information of the greatest potential value.more

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The family-business factor in emerging markets

December 2014—Family-owned businesses are a large and growing force. Organizations that want to collaborate—or compete—with these companies in emerging markets must first understand them.more

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Lessons from the diwaniya: An interview with Sulaiman Abdulkadir Al-Muhaidib

December 2014—The chairman of Saudi conglomerate Al Muhaidib reflects on the values of his father—the company’s founder—and lessons learned while growing up in the family business.more

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World-class teams

December 1992—Winning teams are tough to find—and even tougher to build. In this classic McKinsey Quarterly article from 1992, the former captain of New Zealand’s mighty All Blacks rugby team, David Kirk, explains how to develop superlative performers.more

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From bottom to top: Turning around the top team

November 2014—A case study of change at Philips illustrates the importance of the “soft stuff.”more

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Synthesis, capabilities, and overlooked insights: Next frontiers for strategists

September 2014—The founder of McKinsey’s Strategy Practice, a London Business School professor, and a chief strategist turned professor describe pain points and possibilities for strategists on the leading edge.more

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