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Interviews and conversations with our partners on how senior management thinks about strategy

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Strategy | CEO and board excellence | Innovation

M & A | Corporate finance and the CFO role | Digital strategy

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In conversation: Managing in extreme uncertainty

– The pandemic tested organizations’ ability to find the right balance between overreacting and underreacting. Capturing lessons from this crisis will help leaders navigate uncertainty in the future.

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Strategy

The workforce of the future

– Accelerating trends in remote work, e-commerce, and automation mean that more people will need to change jobs and learn new skills. Are leaders ready to guide the shift?

In conversation: The COVID-Exit

– Despite a resurgence of infections, confidence is rising about an end to the pandemic. Here is how to grow your way out of the crisis.

In conversation: The great acceleration

– As trends speed up and outperformers increase their leads, companies urgently need to set a path for post-COVID-19 growth.

The war on the coronavirus

– Three top military leaders offer lessons from the front lines of managing deadly crises.

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.

COVID-19: How business leaders should plan ahead for the next stage

– While governments battle the outbreak, businesses need to help economies come back online. Here is how to adapt your operations, plan ahead, and get people working again.

Stronger for longer: How top performers thrive through downturns

– Resilient companies enjoy gains that last long after an economic crisis has passed.

Jumpstart a better way to do strategy

– Eight practical shifts that can help management teams overcome the social games and corporate politics that doom so many bold plans to failure.

How to make the bold strategy moves that matter

– What does it take to make a true performance leap? The authors of Strategy Beyond the Hockey Stick explain the key strategic levers their analysis has revealed, and how strongly you have to pull them.

Measuring your strategy’s odds of success

– The authors of Strategy Beyond the Hockey Stick explain how big data can help managers set bold aspirations and overcome organizational inertia.

Want better strategies? Become a bulletproof problem solver

– The value of creative and strategic thinkers capable of solving complex problems has never been higher.

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.

How to take the ‘outside view’

– It may be easier than you think to debias your decisions and make better forecasts by building the “outside view.”

How to avoid losses and prune projects proactively

– It’s common for companies to hang on for too long to projects or parts of the business that are underperforming. Two effective techniques can help executives decide when to hold on to an asset and when to let it go.

CEO and board excellence

The role of boards in fostering resilience

– The lessons learned from the current crisis can help corporate boards make the organizations they serve stronger.

In conversation: The CEO’s new technology agenda

– Why the technology function needs to play an integral role in business strategy.

Boards and decision making

– What the pandemic has taught board directors about high-consequence, low-probability decisions.

The board’s role during crisis and beyond

– Three seasoned board directors discuss the role boards are playing in guiding their companies toward recovery from the COVID-19 crisis.

Boards and cybersecurity

– How boards should prepare for the rising cybersecurity threat

Laxman Narasimhan, CEO of Reckitt Benckiser, on corporate purpose during a crisis

– Reckitt Benckiser’s CEO reflects on his experience transitioning into the leadership role and driving strategic change during the global pandemic.

In conversation: The CEO moment

– Corporate leaders are changing how they do their jobs in ways that may permanently transform the CEO role.

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.

Innovation

The committed innovator: A conversation with Dometic’s Peter Kjellberg

– The chief marketing officer of the mobile-living-products company explains why a commitment to innovation has to start at the top.

The committed innovator: A conversation with board director Ireena Vittal

– The global innovation expert on solving the puzzle of growth in emerging markets.

The committed innovator: A conversation with Neal Gutterson of Corteva

– How a biotech scientist helped transform a traditional science organization into an innovation leader.

The committed innovator: An interview with Anjali Sud, CEO of Vimeo

– When a marketing executive discovered an unexpected market opportunity, she disrupted the company’s original business—and became CEO in the process.

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.

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.

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.

The committed innovator: A discussion with Beth Comstock

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

How to take the measure of innovation

– By combining two simple metrics, companies can gain valuable insights into their innovation performance.

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?

Creating high-performance innovation teams at scale

– For innovation initiatives to succeed, they must be staffed with the right combination of talent.

Framing reinvention: What disruptive change means for business, society, and you

– Global managing partner Kevin Sneader reflects on the challenges and opportunities that disruptive change presents for business leaders and society.

M&A

Collaborations between corporates and start-ups

– How to raise the odds of lasting mutual benefits when large and small companies team up.

Business priorities in the postpandemic era

– John Waldron, Kevin Sneader, and Carolyn Dewar on the state of global business and the future of M&A.

Ensuring the health of your business partnerships

– Regular partnership check-ins are essential to make sure that, like any relationship, both sides are getting what they need.

In conversation: Culture in M&A

– Why assessing the cultural fit cannot be an afterthought in deal making

Growth through a downturn

– How companies outperform on growth during downturns and the subsequent recovery

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.

A winning formula for deal synergies

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

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.

Partners in profit: Creating successful business alliances

– As partnerships grow more complex, putting the right foundations in place from the start becomes even more crucial to lucrative and lasting collaboration.

Active portfolio management: Interview with Andy West

– Senior partner Andy West discusses the latest trends in M&A in light of several recent high-profile divestitures.

Corporate finance and the CFO role

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Ensuring the health of your business partnerships

– Regular partnership check-ins are essential to make sure that, like any relationship, both sides are getting what they need.
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CFO leadership in the COVID-19 crisis

– How finance leaders are prioritizing their activities to maximize their roles on the executive team.
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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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Reinventing the CFO for the digital age

– Digitization raises the demands on CFOs, along with the scale and influence of the role. How should finance chiefs reinvent?
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Resilience and value: A CFO tool kit for withstanding shocks

– New research has identified a set of capabilities that allow an organization to repeatedly bounce back from setbacks or adapt quickly to new trends. CFOs are supremely well placed to ensure that these “resilience assets” are in place.
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The evolution of the CFO

– CFOs are playing an increasingly pivotal role in driving change in their companies. How should they balance their traditional responsibilities with the new CFO mandate?
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Digital transformation: The CFO’s role

– With their role sitting at the center of the strategic-planning process and financial disciplines, CFOs are well positioned to become critical drivers of digital transformation.

Digital strategy

Building a great digital business

– How companies are leveraging technology to address rapid market changes.

How to avoid digital-strategy pitfalls

– Most digital strategies don’t reflect how digital is changing economic fundamentals, industry dynamics, or what it means to compete.

Demystifying AI and machine learning for executives

– In this interview, Tamim Saleh cuts through the hype around artificial intelligence with guidance for executives about where and how to employ AI in their businesses.