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Getting ahead of the next stage of the coronavirus crisis

First the virus, now the economic fallout—you need to launch your plan-ahead team.
Executive Briefing

COVID-19: Implications for business

– The coronavirus outbreak is first and foremost a human tragedy, affecting hundreds of thousands of people. It is also having a... growing impact on the global economy. This article is intended to provide business leaders with a perspective on the evolving situation and implications for their companies. The outbreak is moving quickly, and some of the perspectives in this article may fall rapidly out of date. This article reflects our perspective as of March 30, 2020. We will update it regularly as the outbreak evolves.
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Safeguarding our lives and our livelihoods: The imperative of our time

– We must solve for the virus and the economy. It starts with battling the virus.
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The secret to unlocking hidden value in the balance sheet

– For many companies, managing financial resources is a challenge. But combining analytics with a holistic approach to balance sheet... management can help capture the opportunity and improve performance.
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When investors call: How your business should talk about coronavirus

– As the next earnings season approaches, CFOs and other senior leaders will need to focus on addressing immediate concerns associated... with the pandemic while resetting expectations.

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Beat the odds with a bold business strategy

Learn what it takes to unlock the big moves that really matter for exceptional performance.

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Interviews and conversations with our partners on how senior management thinks about strategy and how they confront their most pressing challenges.

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How new CEOs can manage for the future

– The subtle art of delivering short-term wins while setting the stage for long-term success
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Committing to Innovation: A discussion with Beth Comstock

– How tolerance for risk, patience, and thinking small (where funding is concerned) can lead to breakthrough innovation.
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How CFOs should drive digital transformations

– The chief financial officer is uniquely positioned to ensure a company moves boldly toward a shared digital goal.
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Strategy at the speed of digital

– To succeed in the digital age, companies need to significantly raise their metabolic rate.

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Fresh takes on strategic growth and the latest trends in business.

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Business Resilience

In the face of a crisis or economic slowdown, resilient organizations ride out uncertainty instead of being overpowered by it.
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Bias Busters Collection

It happens to the best of us. We don’t realize that some of our decisions are affected by cognitive and organizational biases.... Here are some of the most common of those biases and ways you can address them.
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McKinsey on Finance, Number 73

– Perspectives on Corporate Finance and Strategy

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The innovation commitment

– To catalyze breakthrough growth, leaders must set bold aspirations, make tough choices, and mobilize resources at scale.
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Bias busters: Seeing strategy alternatives in the momentum case

– A momentum case can reveal what could happen if a company takes no, or only limited, strategic action.
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The CFO’s role in helping companies navigate the coronavirus crisis

– Strong, steady leadership from the finance organization is critical for addressing immediate concerns about safety and survival,... stabilizing the business in the near term, and positioning it for recovery.
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At the heart of a crisis: How consumer-health companies can lead in the time of coronavirus

– As consumer behavior continues to shift with ever-changing conditions, consumer-health companies must respond to the coronavirus... pandemic with key stakeholders in mind.
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Maintaining a high-speed connection: A new playbook for cable growth

– US cablecos have enjoyed solid growth in recent years. Continuing it will require doubling down on several key areas, even as... tougher, longer-term strategic challenges loom.
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Patterns for value creation in apparel, fashion, and luxury

– Performance in the fashion and luxury industries has turned lower, but leading companies haven’t been deterred. Here’s how they... excel.
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Economic Conditions Snapshot, March 2020: McKinsey Global Survey results

– As the coronavirus outbreak unfolded at the beginning of March, the survey elicited sobering early appraisals, with expectations... of significant business risks and stifled growth prospects for the months ahead.
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What executives think about the economy: 2004 to now

– This continually updated interactive tracks how executives around the world have viewed economic conditions and the economic prospects... of their companies, and how those views have differed over time and across industries, regions, and types of company.
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Digital disruption and the role of M&A

– Mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures are an important way for companies to reposition their organizations to compete in the... digital age.
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Bringing a real-world edge to forecasting

– To improve the accuracy of corporate forecasts, build in the physical parameters from company operations.
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Corporate diversity: If you don’t measure it, it won’t get done

– Progress on workplace diversity has been slow and patchy. What will it take to really change the game?
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