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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.
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Global Economics Intelligence executive summary, July 2020

– Deep second-quarter contractions were measured in the United States and the eurozone. Economic indicators improved in June and... July, but disparities in controlling the novel coronavirus suggest diverging recovery paths.
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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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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The great acceleration

– The COVID-19 crisis has intensified existing trends, widening the gap between those at the top and bottom of the power curve... of economic profit. Will your strategy keep you ahead of the accelerated pace of change?
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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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Economic Conditions Snapshot, June 2020: McKinsey Global Survey results

– A new survey confirms COVID-19’s historic effects on the economy and on businesses. While executives report new risks to growth,... their overall outlook for the future continues to improve.
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Demystifying modeling: How quantitative models can—and can’t—explain the world

– The COVID-19 crisis has brought quantitative models to the forefront. Here are some ways that modeling helps us—as long... as we avoid its pitfalls.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

The value of value creation

– Long-term value creation can—and should—take into account the interests of all stakeholders.

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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: 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.
Podcast - McKinsey Quarterly

The war on the coronavirus

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

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Fresh takes on strategic growth and the latest trends in business.

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McKinsey Global Economics Intelligence

Provides macroeconomic data and analysis of the world economy
Global theme

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.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

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.
Interview - McKinsey Quarterly

Prioritize people in times of crisis: An interview with the CEO of BHP

– Mike Henry explains the importance of social value in decision making and why relationships lie at the heart of business resilience.
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Predictive sales forecasting: Is your finance function up to code?

– Some companies are using automation, machine learning, and advanced analytics to make the crystal ball clearer. Here’s how... your company can do the same.
Interview - McKinsey Quarterly

Safeguarding the lifeblood of American healthcare: An interview with the CEO of AmerisourceBergen

– Steve Collis reflects on the resilience of medical supply chains, remote leadership during a crisis, and the importance of purpose... as a unifying force.
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Building the vital skills for the future of work in operations

– Operationally intensive companies have entered a new wave of automation and digitization. That will have a big impact on the skills... they need to remain competitive.
Interview - McKinsey Quarterly

Reliability in times of crisis: An interview with LSEG’s David Schwimmer

– The CEO of London Stock Exchange Group highlights the affirming power of organizational purpose and offers insights into decision... making, talent, and leadership in times of crisis.
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What matters now in the consumer sector

– Sajal Kohli, who leads McKinsey’s work in the consumer sector globally, discusses the actions that retailers and consumer-goods... companies can take to thrive in the next normal.
Interview - McKinsey Quarterly

Stay visible—but don’t be needed: How Alain Bejjani is leading through the unexpected

– A five-year, purpose-driven digital transformation has helped the CEO of Majid Al Futtaim, and his organization, to cope with... the coronavirus pandemic.
Interview - McKinsey Quarterly

Rewriting the playbook: How Union Pacific is conducting business during the pandemic

– The chairman and CEO of a railroad heavyweight reflects on what keeps him going, how past challenges have prepared him for today’s,... and how his leadership approach has changed during the pandemic.
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