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Short-term pain for long-term gain: The new CEO’s dilemma

CEOs who pivot to a longer view of health and performance make the right moves for their companies, though it’s sometimes their successors who reap the rewards.
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Is a leverage reckoning coming?

– Not yet. Despite rising corporate-debt levels, research shows companies can cover their obligations for now. But they should prepare... for a possible downturn by stress-testing their capital structure.
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How to move fast: Innovation at speed and scale

– Leading start-ups innovate, go to market, and scale quickly with limited resources. What can large companies learn from the start-up... playbook?
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Preparing for and managing through a downturn

– As talk of an impending economic downturn takes hold in the business world, executives can take thoughtful steps to help their... companies better weather the storm.
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A winning operating model for digital strategy

– Digital is driving major changes in how companies set and execute strategy. New survey results point to four elements that top... performers include in their digital-strategy operating model.
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Bias busters: Premortems: Being smart at the start

– Conducting a premortem can help teams anticipate project failure—and head it off at the pass.
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Economic Conditions Snapshot, March 2019: McKinsey Global Survey results

– Respondents report an overall wary economic outlook and are increasingly concerned over trade. Yet there are signs of optimism... among emerging economies and for companies’ prospects.
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How to resist the allure of ‘glamour’ projects

– Shiny new initiatives can distract you from paying attention to other valuable but mundane projects and investments.
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Fielding high-performing innovation teams

– Innovation is a team sport. For projects to succeed, they must be staffed with the right combination of talent. Here is how to... ensure your initiatives have the players they need to win.

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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 69

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Strategy in a digital age

How to develop corporate and business-unit strategies in a digitally disrupted world.

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Five Fifty: The need for speed

– Changes in what people want, and where they want it, means companies must move fast—without breaking things.
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The pros and cons of activist investors

– Management teams that engage positively with attackers may find activist campaigns bring ideas that create value and improve shareholder... performance.
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Five Fifty: Decision factories

– Want to reduce the staggering cost of bad decisions? Turn your organization into a “decision factory.”
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Reinforcing Switzerland’s attractiveness to multinational companies

– Switzerland could reestablish itself as the leading location for multinationals by reviving its business-friendly and pragmatic... mind-set.
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Five Fifty: The legacy threat

– Worried about the effect of new digital entrants on your industry and markets? Reinvented incumbents may be an equal threat.
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A new housing ecosystem: $3.8 trillion under one roof

– Digital platforms open new opportunities for connecting, integrating, and reimagining a traditional sector. Zeroing in on specific... segments and pain points shows how.
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Bias busters: Up-front contingency planning

– Avoid throwing good money after bad by developing “contingent road maps”—plans for updating your investment... strategy based on unbiased feedback from the market.
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Eight basic beliefs about capturing value in a merger

– To maximize deal value in a merger, focus on critical principles.
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Economic Conditions Snapshot, March 2019: McKinsey Global Survey results

– Respondents report an overall wary economic outlook and are increasingly concerned over trade. Yet there are signs of optimism... among emerging economies and for companies’ prospects.
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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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Organizational culture in mergers: Addressing the unseen forces

– Understanding culture, and proactively managing it, is critical to a successful integration. This requires a comprehensive approach.
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