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Wall Street versus Main Street: Why the disconnect?

Despite turmoil in the real economy, the US stock market remains resilient because of three critical factors: the basis of valuations, the market’s composition, and investors’ expectations.
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Why ‘digital’ is no different when it comes to valuation

– Whether tech-enabled or old-school, proposed projects and initiatives need to be assessed according to the cash flows they generate.... The trick is getting the base case right.
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How COVID-19 has pushed companies over the technology tipping point—and transformed business forever

– A new survey finds that responses to COVID-19 have speeded the adoption of digital technologies by several years—and that many... of these changes could be here for the long haul.
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Investors remind business leaders: Governance matters

– Activists continue to poke holes in corporate performance and returns, but they are having their greatest success with governance... structures. Here’s how to think about their moves.
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How executives can help sustain value creation for the long term

– Companies create more shareholder value when executives and directors concentrate on long-term results. A new report highlights... behaviors that allow them to maintain a long-term orientation.
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Moving from cash preservation to cash excellence for the next normal

– Companies can build on their initial response to the pandemic to elevate their cash-management capabilities.
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As you return from the summer break, can you lead toward a COVID-Exit?

– Here’s how to set your business on the right track for 2021 and beyond.
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What’s keeping you from divesting?

– Active portfolio management can create significant competitive advantages. Still, executives routinely shy away from separations.... Here are six common roadblocks and some tips for breaking through.
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Six problem-solving mindsets for very uncertain times

– Even the most inscrutable problems have solutions—or better outcomes than have been reached so far. Here’s how the... best problem solvers crack the code.

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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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Valuation: Measuring and Managing the Value of Companies, 7th edition

At the crossroads of corporate strategy and finance lies valuation. This book enables everyone, from the budding professional to the seasoned manager, to excel at measuring and maximizing shareholder and company value.

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The committed innovator: An interview with Salesforce’s Simon Mulcahy

– The cloud software provider’s executive vice president and chief innovation officer discusses how Salesforce’s innovation... process creates distinctive buying experiences.
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The committed innovator: An interview with Kellogg’s Nigel Hughes

– With more people eating at home than in the past 150 years, food companies have an opportunity. Nigel Hughes, head of R&D... and Innovation at Kellogg Company, discusses ways to capture it.
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The committed innovator: A discussion with investor Kevin O’Leary

– The star of entrepreneur competition Shark Tank explains where he sees innovation opportunities in the post-COVID-19... era.
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Choosing the right path to unlock the economy

– Uncertainty is keeping consumers from spending and businesses from investing. The road to recovery requires instilling confidence.

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McKinsey Global Economics Intelligence

Provides macroeconomic data and analysis of the world economy
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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 74

– Perspectives on Corporate Finance and Strategy

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Leadership in a crisis: Responding to the coronavirus outbreak and future challenges

– For many executives, the coronavirus pandemic is a crisis unlike any other in recent times. Five leadership practices can help... you respond effectively.
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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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Coronavirus: 15 emerging themes for boards and executive teams

– Board directors and executives can pool their wisdom to help companies grapple with the challenge of a lifetime.
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The one task the CFO should not delegate: Integrations

– The numbers show that when the finance chief is directly involved in identifying potential synergies, transformation and value-creation... opportunities, and cultural pitfalls, companies see greater deal success.
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Four ways to assess projects and keep them on track

– Biases can lead executives to misjudge project potential, ignore pitfalls, and let failures fester. Here is how to make better... decisions.
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Why you need to keep changing your company’s business mix

– Because the market is always moving, a static portfolio of businesses tends to underperform.
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The committed innovator: An interview with Salesforce’s Simon Mulcahy

– The cloud software provider’s executive vice president and chief innovation officer discusses how Salesforce’s innovation... process creates distinctive buying experiences.
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In conversation: The CEO moment

– Corporate leaders are changing how they do their jobs in ways that may permanently transform the CEO role.
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Talent retention and selection in M&A

– Retaining critical talent and ensuring the right people are in key roles are essential to a successful merger.
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Global emergence of electrified small-format mobility

– Electric two- and three-wheel vehicles are gaining in popularity. What does the future hold for the market?
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Economic Conditions Snapshot, September 2020: McKinsey Global Survey results

– Executives are more hopeful about the economy—and their own companies’ performance—than they have been since... the COVID-19 crisis began. Yet, operational and employment challenges remain.
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