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How to double the odds that your change program will succeed

– Large-scale organizational change is more likely to stick if executives apply equal discipline and rigor to the hard and soft elements that matter.

How to beat your biases and make better investment decisions

– Cognitive biases can trip up even the most experienced executives but can be defeated using proven techniques.

Peak energy, peak oil, and the rise of renewables: An executive’s guide to the global energy system

– Global energy demand is headed toward a plateau over the next ten to 20 years, as the world focuses on electrification, energy efficiency, and more service-driven economic growth.

Matching talent to value

– The roles that create the most value in your organization may not be at the top. Getting the right people in these critical seats can turbocharge performance.

How to unlock marketing-led growth: Data, creativity, and credibility

– Marketing has been on the front lines of the digital revolution, but the landscape has become much more complicated, requiring a focus on growth, data, and new modes of creativity.

Globalization’s next chapter

– Globalization isn’t in retreat, but it has morphed into a very different phenomenon, increasingly powered by trade in services and by intraregional trade.

Getting beyond gridlock in cities

– With more than half the world’s population living in cities, congestion and pollution are worsening. Technology may hold the solution—but only if city governments and companies collaborate.

Why you should apply analytics to your people strategy

– Bringing advanced computing power and analytics capabilities to bear on people decisions in an organization is crucial to driving lasting and effective change.

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.

The future of manufacturing

– In this episode of the McKinsey Podcast, Simon London speaks with McKinsey senior partner Katy George and partner Enno de Boer about the future of manufacturing—think digital and advanced analytics, not robots.

What makes an organization ‘healthy’?

– In this episode of the McKinsey Podcast, Simon London speaks with McKinsey partners Rajesh Krishnan and Brooke Weddle about the ins and outs of organizational health.

Leadership beyond the C-suite

– In this episode of the McKinsey Podcast, Simon London speaks with McKinsey senior partner Claudio Feser and associate partner Nicolai Nielsen about the research in their new book, Leadership at Scale: Better Leadership, Better Results.

Who wins in a 5G world?

– In this episode of the McKinsey Podcast, Simon London speaks with McKinsey senior partners Ferry Grijpink and Philipp Nattermann—ahead of the headline telecommunications conference Mobile World Congress (MWC).

The ethics of artificial intelligence

– In this episode of the McKinsey Podcast, Simon London speaks with MGI partner Michael Chui and McKinsey partner Chris Wigley about how companies can ethically deploy artificial intelligence.

Defense of the cyberrealm: How organizations can thwart cyberattacks

– Governments and companies have much work to do to protect people, institutions, and even entire cities and countries from potentially devastating large-scale cyberattacks.

Tapping into the business value of design

– Design, whether it’s of products or experiences, is not only about aesthetics but also about specific actions taken to boost revenues and customer engagement.

How to win in Africa

– The right strategy can unlock strong, profitable growth, explain the authors of Africa’s Business Revolution.

In pursuit of prosperity

– Why do some emerging economies grow rapidly while others languish? New research highlights the role of public policy, effective government, and globally competitive companies.

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