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Transitioning into the CEO role

Insights on the factors underpinning successful CEO transitions, from setting bold aspirations to building an effective senior team and developing stakeholder relationships.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

How new CEOs can boost their odds of success

– A data-driven look at the link between the strategic moves of new CEOs and the performance of their companies highlights the importance of quick action and of adopting an outsider’s perspective.
Article

Advice for transitioning into the chief-executive role

– While every transition is unique, here are some pointers for executives moving into the top job.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

What makes a CEO ‘exceptional’?

– We assessed the early moves of CEOs with outstanding track records; some valuable lessons for leadership transitions emerged.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

Closing the gender gap: A missed opportunity for new CEOs

– Many new CEOs reshuffle their top teams, but surprisingly few make them more diverse. Can we do better?
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Managing CEO transitions

– McKinsey’s research shows that a leaders' best chance to lock in new organizational norms is usually during the first few months on the job.
Interview - McKinsey Quarterly

Voices of experience on the CEO transition

– The former CEOs of Aetna and Covidien reflect on their early days in the role.
Executive Briefing - McKinsey Quarterly

The CEO guide to boards

– Greater responsibilities require increased commitments of time and energy.
Executive Briefing - McKinsey Quarterly

A CEO’s guide to gender equality

– The case for gender equality is strong. Why is progress so slow?
Commentary - McKinsey Quarterly

A CEO’s guide to reenergizing the senior team

– In today’s tough and fast-changing environment, CEOs must help their top leaders to work through fear and denial and to learn new rules.
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Making a successful transition to CEO

– This booklet assembles a collection of McKinsey’s best thinking and advice for the ultimate new role—becoming CEO—to help leaders take the reins in a way that maximizes sustainable impact.
Blog Post

Lessons for new CEOs: Go big, go fast, or go home

– My colleagues Kurt Strovink, Thomas Meakin, and I analyzed the major moves over 600 CEOs took during their first two years in the role. We then assessed how those moves influenced the company’s returns and the CEOs’ tenure. Here are some of the lessons we drew from the data.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

A guide for the CEO-elect

– The days, weeks, or months between taking the job and assuming power are precious. Put them to good use.
Podcast - McKinsey Quarterly

Putting talent at the top of the CEO agenda

– McKinsey global managing partner Dominic Barton discusses how executives serious about delivering value need to spend more time identifying their organizations’ top performers and most critical roles.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

A CEO action plan for workplace automation

– Senior executives need to understand the tactical as well as strategic opportunities, redesign their organizations, and commit to helping shape the debate about the future of work.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

Letter to a newly appointed CEO

– McKinsey’s former managing director Ian Davis offers to new CEOs advice distilled from his experience supporting executives during their transitions into the role.

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