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The Next Normal – The future of capability building

The next ten years will bring fundamental changes to our working world, and to adapt, employees in almost every role and industry will need to acquire new skills. The COVID-19 crisis has only accelerated these shifts. In this edition of The Next Normal, we explore how capability building will—and should—change in the years ahead.
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Intentional learning in practice: A 3x3x3 approach

– Learning can be honed through practice. Here’s an effective strategy to continually learn, grow, and achieve development... goals.
Interview

Why mentoring matters: A conversation with Carlos Lejnieks

– A leader of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America talks about how successful mentors help others see qualities in themselves that... they might not otherwise see.
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Five Fifty: The skillful corporation

– With skill shortages looming, companies need multiple tactics to close the capability gap. Here are three keys to action.
Interview

‘Our people are our destiny’: Capability building at Volvo Cars

– Björn Annwall, leader of Volvo Cars in the EMEA region, believes business leaders should be deliberate and hands-on when... it comes to developing their people.

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Leadership development as a competitive advantage

Talent should be part of every conversation in an organization, says the CEO of Majid Al Futtaim Group.

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Accelerate blog

Short insights on execution excellence, leadership development, and capability building.

Featured Publication

Leadership at Scale: Better Leadership, Better Results

Leadership at Scale provides leaders with the systematic and fact-based leadership development approach they need to unlock organizational performance in today’s fast-paced business environment.

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Building a learning culture that drives business forward

– Too often, training programs fail. Here’s how businesses can create a learning culture and invest in the capabilities that will help individuals and organizations thrive.
Interview

The capability-building imperative: Make purposeful investments in people

– To thrive in a fast-changing world, leaders must treat capability building as a strategic weapon, says McKinsey’s managing... partner for North America.
Interview - McKinsey Quarterly

How wellbeing improves performance: An interview with Annastiina Hintsa

– The CEO of Hintsa Performance argues that wellbeing is the foundation of sustainable high performance—not a reward for it.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

How to turn everyday stress into ‘optimal stress’

– Managed well, stress can be an ally rather than an enemy. Here’s how to use it to your advantage.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

Countering otherness: Fostering integration within teams

– Exploring our feelings of otherness can help us discover how we are the same.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

Closing the capability gap in the time of COVID-19

– Building capabilities that durably change workforce behaviors has never been easy, and the pandemic has made it harder. But some... organizations have found approaches to thrive in recovery and beyond.
Interview

‘Keep it simple’: Aditya Puri on HDFC Bank’s path to market leadership

– The recently retired founder–CEO of India’s highest-valued financial institution reflects on how customer-focused... innovation and disciplined risk management led to strong performance.
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Rethink capabilities to emerge stronger from COVID-19

– In a new survey, leaders say the pandemic has alerted them to the urgency of getting learning programs right. Yet companies are... falling short in delivering outcomes, and executives can do more to support capability-building efforts.
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‘An environment where everybody can thrive’: A conversation with U.S. Bank’s Tim Welsh

– The vice chairman for consumer and business banking at the fifth-largest bank in the United States describes how setting an environment... of mission, purpose, and individual generosity is central to building capabilities that achieve strategic outcomes.
Article

How companies can win in the seven tech-talent battlegrounds

– Companies have to hire the best, but that won’t be enough. They’ll also need to rethink how they reskill and upskill... their people.
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A transformation of the learning function: Why it should learn new ways

– Companies rely on their learning-and-development functions to help workforces learn fast. But often, the function itself needs... a transformation.
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The most fundamental skill: Intentional learning and the career advantage

– Learning itself is a skill. Unlocking the mindsets and skills to develop it can boost personal and professional lives and deliver... a competitive edge.
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To lead in the postcrisis tomorrow, put leadership and capabilities in place today

– Amid the crisis, companies have learned to work faster and manage better. Strategies that continually refresh those lessons through... people will define winners in the post-COVID-19 era.
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Ready, set, go: Reinventing the organization for speed in the post-COVID-19 era

– The need for speed has never been greater. Here are nine ways companies can get faster.
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Scaling rapid workforce conversion during COVID-19

– Amid crisis disruption or when preparing for the next normal, quickly delivering practical, flexible learning can help shape a... business’s recovery profile. Here’s how.
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To emerge stronger from the COVID-19 crisis, companies should start reskilling their workforces now

– Adapting employees’ skills and roles to the post-pandemic ways of working will be crucial to building operating-model resilience.
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The Restart

– Eight actions CEOs can take to ensure a safe and successful relaunch of economic activity.
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Executive quick take: A guide to implementing marketing-and-sales transformations that unlock sustainable growth

– Above-market growth in today’s competitive environment means becoming more flexible and agile and adopting multiple marketing... strategies.
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A blueprint for remote working: Lessons from China

– As home to some of the world’s largest firms, China offers lessons for those that are just now starting to embrace the... shift to remote working.
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Adapting workplace learning in the time of coronavirus

– Managers can’t push the pause button on capability building, so the moment belongs to virtual learning. Some tactics and strategies... can help.
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Understanding the leader’s ‘identity mindtrap’: Personal growth for the C-suite

– If you’re shackled to who you are now, you can’t recognize—or reach for—who you might become next.
Podcast

The new science of talent: From roles to returns

– Getting the right people into the right roles is more vital than ever. Here’s how to deliver returns on talent faster—and help... more women rise to the C-suite at the same time.
Article

Building agile capabilities: The fuel to power your agile ‘body’

– To move your organization from targeted experimentation to driving agility at scale, it’s crucial to focus on agile capability... building.
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Growing your own agility coaches to adopt new ways of working

– Agile coaches play a vital role in enterprise-wide agile transformations. To develop enough coaches, companies should create specialized... training academies.
Podcast - McKinsey Quarterly

The value of talent management

– The roles that create the most value in your organization may not be at the top.
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Elevating Learning & Development: Insights and Practical Guidance from the Field

For professionals seeking to hone their organization’s learning and development efforts, Elevating Learning & Development:... Insights and Practical Guidance from the Field is the ideal resource.
Article

The essential components of a successful L&D strategy

– The ACADEMIES framework is a useful tool for conceptualizing learning strategy.
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Seven essential elements of a lifelong-learning mind-set

– In a rapidly changing workplace, employees need to keep learning to remain relevant and in demand. Seven practices can help them... be mindful in their career path and achieve success.
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Shaping individual development along the S-curve

– An S-curve that shows growth mapped against time is a useful framework for enabling L&D to intervene at the right time, with... the right support.
Commentary - McKinsey Quarterly

Competitive advantage with a human dimension: From lifelong learning to lifelong employability

– As AI-enabled automation advances, organizations should embrace “lifelong employability,” which stretches traditional... notions of learning and development and can inspire workers to adapt, more routinely, to the evolving economy.
Interview - McKinsey Quarterly

Taking digital transformation to the limits at Koç Holding

– The CEO and HR director of Turkey’s largest industrial conglomerate describe how a leadership-development program is preparing... the company for a digital future—and shaking up the status quo.
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Leading agile transformation: The new capabilities leaders need to build 21st-century organizations

– To build and lead an agile organization, it’s crucial that senior leaders develop new mind-sets and capabilities to transform... themselves, their teams, and the organization.
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Five Fifty: Decoding leadership

– What skills and behaviors make a good leader effective? Here are the traits that matter.
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How the implementation of organizational change is evolving

– Digital solutions pose new and unique challenges to the implementation of major change efforts. But the capabilities that support... better outcomes remain as critical as ever, a new survey shows.

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