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Five insights for public company CFOs from private equity

CFOs of public companies can draw enormous insight from PE’s focused, proactive approach to value creation—but they have to take the initiative themselves. Here are five lessons to get started.
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How ambidextrous leaders manage through volatile times

– When uncertainty reigns, the best leaders play both defense and offense. That requires honing three types of competitive edge:... insights, commitment, and execution.
Article

Starting up as a new CFO

– Congratulations, you’ve made it—now hit the ground running. Here are seven key mindsets and practices that effective... CFOs adopt from day one.
Article

2023, a testing year: Will the macro-scenario range widen or narrow?

– Will the world move to solve its structural problems and make superior short-term choices? Yes or no: that’s the first question... on the test.
Article

Global Economics Intelligence executive summary, December 2022

– GDP forecasts improve; central banks sustain inflation battle amid cost-of-living crisis; China further eases pandemic restrictions,... noting risks.
Article

Innovation: Your solution for weathering uncertainty

– When the times get tough, the tough get innovative and create paths to future growth.
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Buy and scale: How incumbents can use M&A to grow new businesses

– Digital disruptors use M&A to build and scale new businesses at speed. Incumbents can do so, too.

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Prime Numbers

A collection of short takes on the metrics that matter when evaluating a company’s performance.

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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.
Book - Practices Capabilities

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.

McKinsey & Company Books

 

CEO Excellence

From McKinsey & Company, an insight-packed, revelatory look at how the best CEOs do their jobs based on extensive interviews with today’s most successful corporate leaders—including chiefs at Netflix, JPMorgan Chase, General Motors, and Sony. #CEOExcellenceBook

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Expert voices

Interviews and conversations with our partners on how senior management thinks about strategy and how they confront their most pressing challenges.

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Artificial intelligence in strategy

– AI tools can help executives avoid biases in decisions, pull insights out of oceans of data, and make strategic choices more quickly.... And that’s just the beginning.
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The board’s role in building resilience

– Boards of directors can help executive teams build the foresight, response, and adaptation capabilities they need to manage future... shocks.
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Tim Koller on the timeless truths of corporate finance

– An expert on value creation shares insights from 20 years of leading McKinsey on Finance.
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XPO’s Brad Jacobs on building businesses through M&A

– Having done hundreds of deals, the leader of the logistics company explains what he’s learned matters most when making acquisitions.

The Strategy & Corporate Finance blog

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

Special collections

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McKinsey on Finance 20th anniversary

Reflections on sustainable, inclusive growth.
Collection

Cash Excellence

This collection of articles and videos explores how to enhance an organization’s performance and resilience through the... application of cash management best practices, mindsets, and capabilities.
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CEO perspectives

How do the best CEOs think and act? What wisdom can they share? Explore a special collection of CEO perspectives that touches... on everything from corporate strategy to personal working norms.
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Business Resilience

Resilience is the ability of a business to withstand, adapt, and thrive in the face of shocks that are internal and external,... as well as known and unanticipated.

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What matters most? Six priorities for CEOs in turbulent times

– With economic troubles mounting, it’s a time to tighten belts and put on hard hats. But don’t forget the jet pack,... to accelerate into the next phase of growth.
Article

Communicating headwinds and tailwinds

– Investor relations should always address business-critical headwinds and tailwinds. But which do companies refer to more—and... how does that choice affect market performance?
Report

Toward a sustainable, inclusive, growing future: The role of business

– To make the world as sustainable and inclusive as we hope, a certain kind of economic growth will be necessary—and companies will... play a vital role in generating it.
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How effective boards approach technology governance

– As technology’s strategic importance to the business expands, management needs stronger board guidance. Four engagement... models have proven useful.
Survey

The coronavirus effect on global economic sentiment

– In the latest survey, inflation and geopolitical conflicts remain the top perceived economic risks, while concerns about energy... volatility predominate in Europe.
Report - McKinsey Global Institute

The rise and rise of the global balance sheet: How productively are we using our wealth?

– Net worth has tripled since 2000, but the increase mainly reflects valuation gains in real assets, especially real estate, rather... than investment in productive assets that drive our economies.
Article

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?
Article

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.
Article

European Transformation Summit: Fresh leadership perspectives

– European transformation leaders share fresh perspectives based on their real-world experiences. A unifying principle to drive... change and a structured approach to execute and sustain it can boost success.
Article

What is ESG?

– Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) criteria are useful in measuring a company’s progress toward achieving social... goals in addition to creating shareholder value.
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Author Talks: Prepare your business for the cross-sector ecosystem economy

– After years of client impact, two McKinsey senior partners write the playbook for leveraging disappearing sector siloes into a... multitrillion-dollar ecosystem strategy.
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