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Warren Buffett: An appreciation

As Warren Buffett turns 90, the story of one of America’s most influential and wealthy business leaders is a study in the logic and discipline of understanding future value.
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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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What now? Decisive actions to emerge stronger in the next normal

– Six months into the COVID-19 pandemic, it is time for companies to act, not react.
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Memo to the CFO: A new approach to 2021 budgeting starts now

– The financial-planning process for 2021 presents an opportunity to turn hard-earned lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic into an... enduring exercise in linking strategy to value.
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COVID-19: Saving thousands of lives and trillions in livelihoods

– Ending lockdowns alone won’t restore confidence or growth. Only when the novel coronavirus is under control will economic... growth resume.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

Why you’ve got to put your portfolio on the move

– We analyzed hundreds of companies, worldwide, across a decade-long business cycle. The conclusion? Winners change their business... mix, year after year. Laggards sit still.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

The CEO moment: Leadership for a new era

– Challenged by the global pandemic, CEOs have made four shifts in the way they lead that hold great promise for both companies... and society. Will they build on this unique moment, or return to the ways of the past?
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Innovation in a crisis: Why it is more critical than ever

– Prioritizing innovation today is the key to unlocking postcrisis growth.

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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 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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Transformation and resilience: An interview with Best Buy’s executive chairman Hubert Joly

– Hubert Joly shares lessons from leading the turnaround of the retail and technology giant and how it prepared him and the company... for the current crisis.

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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.
Interview - McKinsey Quarterly

What will (and won’t) change in the future of Asia: An interview with the CEO of DBS

– The continued economic integration of Asia will open up opportunities for savvy businesses, predicts Piyush Gupta.
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Earning the premium: A recipe for long-term SPAC success

– Special-purpose acquisition companies are having a moment. But not all are thriving. One key to success: leaders with an operational... edge.
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Graphic-paper producers: Boosting resilience amid the COVID-19 crisis

– Four proven actions can help graphic-paper producers rebound despite the market declines that have been accelerated by the COVID-19... pandemic.
Interactive - McKinsey Quarterly

Five Fifty: High stakes for stakeholder capitalism

– As environmental, social, and governance issues become more urgent, companies are looking to create both profits and progress.
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Ecosystem 2.0: Climbing to the next level

– After a first wave of trials, incumbents are shaking up value chains to attract new ecosystem customers—and tap potentially... huge pools of value.
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From there to here: 50 years of thinking on the social responsibility of business

– Milton Friedman’s pathbreaking essay on corporate purpose was published on September 13, 1970. How much has management thinking... evolved?
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A new prescription for M&A in pharma

– Adopting a through-cycle approach to deal making in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic can position pharmaceutical companies for... greater success in the next normal.
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