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Accelerating transformations

McKinsey Accelerate helps clients achieve and sustain transformational impact over time and, post COVID-19, prepare for the next normal.

In today’s environment, leaders across industries are facing unprecedented challenges from navigating the health and economic implications of the pandemic to changing consumer behavior, technology disruption, and most importantly, restarting the economy. To prepare for the next normal, they need to significantly accelerate the pace of transformation in their organizations by making a step change in performance improvement, restructuring businesses and industries, building new businesses, innovating at a faster pace, and reinventing their talent model.

Based on our research and work in the last two to three years, only 37 percent of organizations are successful at improving performance and sustaining impact through their change efforts. Furthermore, our research indicates that those that successfully transform at speed and scale and sustain impact over time have the following in common: they plan to outperform and capture full potential, commit to a step change in their organizational health, and focus relentlessly on capability building and assembling a winning leadership team.

How we help clients

We work shoulder-to-shoulder with our clients—remotely as needed in this time of crisis—to achieve and sustain transformational impact over time. We ensure the right mechanisms are in place and work with client teams to make their organizations capable of driving and sustaining the change long after we are gone.

Ensure execution excellence

To deliver results fast, we provide execution support through implementation consultants who have a track record of driving change in complex organizations. We stay on the ground from strategy through the long tail of implementation, coaching client teams on driving initiatives, incentives, and performance management.

Build capabilities at scale to drive change

We assess capability gaps and work together to design and implement the right interventions to build needed skills, leveraging a wide range of in-person and digital capability building programs. Our programs span leadership, execution, and functional skills. We work with organizations to foster a culture of life-long learning.

Build winning leadership teams

We have world-class facilitators and coaches to help develop leaders and top teams—moving people from a place of fear to one of possibility by shifting underlying mindsets to drive performance. We coach them on how to lead during a crisis and successfully prepare for the next normal.


implementation consultants

around the globe with extensive industry and functional expertise, who coach and drive day-to-day work to ensure execution excellence


capability building experts

with deep expertise in digital and at-scale capability building, including an instructional design center of excellence with over 40 learning architects and instructional designers


leadership facilitators and coaches

specialized in working with senior leaders to drive sustainable change, with deep expertise in transforming behavior and proven business leadership experience

Featured Video

Overview of McKinsey Accelerate

McKinsey partner Liz McNally and McKinsey senior partner Anand Swaminathan explain how McKinsey Accelerate helps clients to speed up and sustain their transformations.

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General James Mattis on leading in a crisis and thriving in the next normal

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McKinsey Academy hosts one-hour interactive sessions on a range of topics spanning capability building, leadership, and functional topics. The sessions are facilitated by McKinsey experts and encourage peer-to-peer exchange. Based on our experience running thousands of digital and blended learning programs, we believe it’s possible to learn, engage, and inspire one another virtually.
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Our people

Gemma D’Auria
Senior Partner, Dubai
Supports organizations to build capabilities, develop leaders, and drive culture transformations in support of stronger financial...
Alok Kshirsagar
Senior Partner, Mumbai
Advises companies across a broad range of industries on globalization issues, performance improvements, and sustaining large-scale...
Sébastien Lacroix
Senior Partner, Paris
Leads McKinsey’s work with financial institutions in France and leads McKinsey Accelerate in Europe
Robert E. Lewis
Senior Partner, Southern California
Leads large-scale performance improvement and operational excellence programs for industrial and basic materials companies, and...
Tarek Mansour
Senior Partner, Dubai
Leads our Public Sector and Social Sector Practices in the Middle East as well as our impact and capabilities accelerator work...
Elizabeth Young McNally
Partner, Stamford
Enables organizations to deliver lasting change by working with them to accelerate execution, develop leaders, and equip their...
Daniel Pacthod
Senior Partner, New York
As global leader of McKinsey Accelerate, Daniel supports leading organizations in sustaining transformational impact through capability...
Michael Park
Senior Partner, New York
Leads transformational change for industrial-technology clients on strategy, operations, and capability building
Scott Rutherford
Senior Partner, Washington DC
Helps defense and security agencies, financial institutions, and executives in a range of sectors tackle strategic, organizational,...

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