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Planning for uncertainty: Performance management under COVID-19

Companies need a new approach to financial planning and performance management—one that informs rapid realignment of plans and actions and ensures organizational resilience.
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Reopening safely: Sample practices from essential businesses

– The safety protocols of hospitals, grocery stores, and other establishments that stayed open during the COVID-19 pandemic can... offer ideas for businesses preparing to welcome employees and customers back.
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Checking the health of your business partnerships

– Frequent, systematic assessments of joint ventures and alliances can reveal hidden problems and opportunities to create more value.
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The toughest leadership test

– CEO microhabits can help leaders seize the moment, stay ahead, and take care of themselves during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Rev up your growth engine: Lessons from through-cycle outperformers

– Your decisions now will determine how strongly you come out of the COVID-19 crisis—and how well you perform in the next... normal.
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Return: A new muscle, not just a plan

– Return is not a phase; it’s a way of operating. A nerve center can help build the capabilities that businesses need in the “next... normal.”
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The coronavirus effect on global economic sentiment

– Economic sentiment has improved since last month, per our latest survey of global executives on COVID-19 and the economy. Still,... their near-term outlook remains more negative than positive.
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How the CFO enables the board’s success—during COVID-19 and beyond

– Two board experts explain how in times of crisis or transformation, the CFO can serve as a rock in the boardroom, a critical arbiter... of difficult decisions, and a scout for the future.
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Lessons from the generals: Decisive action amid the chaos of crisis

– Inspiration drawn from crisis-management professionals can help decision makers in the COVID-19 pandemic.

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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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Cash preservation in response to COVID-19

– How to establish a cash culture that balances urgent short-term needs with longer-term competitive considerations
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Why ESG is here to stay

– The growing evidence that sustainable corporate practices link closely to performance is focusing investor and acquirer attention... on ESG scores. But how reliable are they?
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What sets the world’s best CEOs apart

– Are you a great CEO, or just a good one? New research shows that the leaders who truly excel have a set of distinctive mindsets... and practices.
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COVID-19: Strategies for getting ahead of the pandemic crisis

– Even as organizations focus on the immediate business shocks, they need to plan for the postcrisis world. Here is how to respond... to a disruption for which there are no playbooks.

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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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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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Using a crisis nerve center to help reopen the economy

– To manage the next phase of responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, government leaders can consider the skills needed to lead and... contribute to the effort.
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The pivotal factors for effective external engagement

– Survey results show that senior leaders have increasingly prioritized stakeholder engagement, which remains a challenge for many... companies. Certain capabilities distinguish companies that have met the challenge.
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The need for speed: Accelerating product improvement at industrials

– With coronavirus slowing demand and uncertainty ahead, resilient industrials must adopt a new approach to rapid product improvement.
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From thinking about the next normal to making it work: What to stop, start, and accelerate

– As businesses step into the post-coronavirus future, they need to find a balance between what worked before and what needs to... happen to succeed in the next normal.
Article - McKinsey Global Institute

The ‘war’ on COVID-19: What real wars do (and don’t) teach us about the economic impact of the pandemic

– Seven lessons taken from past conflicts may provide economic insights in a time of crisis, from government spending to sectoral... implications.
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COVID-19 implications for life sciences R&D: Recovery and the next normal

– COVID-19 has severely disrupted pharma and medtech R&D. Leaders should prepare along three horizons—safeguarding patients... and employees, adapting operations for a recovery, and building for the next normal.
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Crushing coronavirus uncertainty: The big ‘unlock’ for our economies

– To safeguard lives and livelihoods, we must restore confidence.
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How growth can help Europe’s companies face the coming economic crisis

– CEOs can draw on the region’s spirit of innovation to recover revenues, and even grow, after COVID-19. It’ll take... some big bets.
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A winning formula for deal synergies

– The experiences of the most successful acquirers yield some counterintuitive lessons.
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