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Executive Programs

Executive Programs

Unlocking leadership potential

The nature of work is being upended. McKinsey Global Institute estimates that one-third of the jobs created in the last 25 years in the U.S. did not previously exist, and 50% of today’s work activity can be partially automated by known technologies. The “Gig Economy” will exceed 40% of the workforce by 2020. 84% of baby boomers expect to work past the traditional retirement age, and 58% of millennials say that meaningful work is the most important consideration for a career.

Across all levels and positions, there is a growing need for new skills and capabilities. Today’s workers must also adapt quickly to new processes, tasks, and roles over the course of a career. The most successful organizations are increasingly the ones who can empower and equip their workers do those things.

To prepare executives for these challenges and enhance their capabilities to lead the organization successfully, McKinsey offers a variety of leadership programs designed for specific contexts, including role, level, and aspiration.

Our Executive Programs bring together the best of McKinsey and external experts from industry and academia to share cutting-edge insights and tools to facilitate learning across peers. To ensure high impact learning, most programs are by invitation only.

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For CEOs and board directors

The opportunity to learn from peers and a seasoned CEO in such an intimate setting is truly unique.

Bower Forum participant

Bower Forum

This two-day workshop is a unique platform for a small group of CEOs or Chairpersons to discuss goals, challenges, and role-specific issues, while counseling and learning from one another.
Board Academy

Board Academy

This forum convenes a small group of selected non-executive board directors to discuss the latest board relevant topics and share personal experience on what it takes for board directors to succeed. The program can be complemented by relevant industry and functional (e.g. digital) modules.

For CEOs and select CxOs

Inner Wisdom Retreat

This experiential program gives an exclusive cohort of CEOs and select CXOs the opportunity to re-connect with their innate wisdom through contemplative practice. Recent research in neuroscience reveals contemplative mind training techniques benefit leaders - both at work and at home. The retreat offers participants the opportunity for deep awareness and insight.

For aspiring CEOs

I look forward to leveraging this new knowledge to help my organization transform further.

Leadership Forum participant
Leadership Forum

Leadership Forum

This forum prepares senior executives for the role of a CEO, sharpens their leadership skills, and builds cross-industry networks. It combines plenary sessions and panel discussions led by a distinguished set of speakers ranging from current and former CEOs to expert academics. Participants engage in CEO agenda discussions on relevant topics such as the global economic outlook, leading organizational change, and personal leadership.

For transitioning CxOs

Great dialog, ideas, and provocative discussion.

Immersion Sessions participant

Executive Transitions Master Class

This two-day program targets senior executives in the midst of a transition or promotion and prepares them for the challenges of their new role.
Immersion Sessions

Immersion Sessions

Immersions are customized sessions for executives and board directors who are new to their roles. They are run by top-flight faculty from our partners who share expertise on top-of-mind topics selected by CSTs and their clients.

For CxOs and their direct reports

In one word? Fantastic. It was like a light bulb going off for me.

Change Leaders Forum participant

Change Leaders Forum

This two-day workshop helps leaders identify the root causes of organizational inertia and provides them with proven tools to drive and sustain change in their organization.

Organizational Agility Forum

This interactive two day workshop is a unique opportunity for organizations to discuss the latest thinking on agile organizations, both with McKinsey experts and an exclusive group of peers.

Talent Leaders Forum

A new interactive working session to answer the question “How can the CHRO lead a holistic talent strategy that enables the organization to deliver value?”
Integration Leadership Forum

Integration Leadership Forum

Over the course of two days, executives learn how to take full advantage of a merger by maximizing value capture and accelerating long-term value creation, “Getting to Day 1” flawlessly, and retaining the best talent.

Executive Leadership Program

Developing the next generation of performance transformation leaders

Centered Leadership Program

Built on 15 years of applied research, this 3-day program helps executives gain personal agility and craft a leadership vision that is anchored in deeper self-awareness. Participants leave with a “mini-board” of peers and personal practices to sustain their learning.

Remarkable Women Program

The Remarkable Women Program, based on seven years of research on women as leaders, is a unique opportunity to build leadership capabilities and expand one’s performance range.

For emerging executives

No hyperbole—this course has been transformational for me.

McKinsey Management Program participant

McKinsey Management Program Digital Courses

This series of digital courses is designed to mold high-performing general managers. Courses center around crucial topics such as strategy, problem solving, communication, and team management.

Young Leaders Forum

For future leaders with approximately 7-12 years of work experience, we offer a two-day program that builds the necessary skills and insights to help them better lead themselves and their teams.

Booster Workshops

Our Booster Workshops help high-performing managers move from “good” to “great” and prepare for senior leadership roles.

Digital Academy

Digital Academy is designed to address the key challenges that organizations face when building digital capabilities and talent internally.

Lean Academy

A program that builds capabilities deep within organizations undergoing transformations to ensure immediate value capture while sustaining lasting improvements over time.

Sales Manager Academy

Sales Manager Academy is designed to help organizations transform their sales force by building critical capacities with frontline sales managers.

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