My Rookie Moment

McKinsey senior colleagues share their formative early-career experiences to help you navigate yours.

Everybody has to start somewhere. McKinsey Global Publishing asked some of our most senior colleagues to share their most instructive “rookie moments.” Our hope is that when you find yourself in similar situations, this series will provide guidance, confidence, and inspiration. Our newest episode appears first on this page; please scroll on to explore the rest of the series.
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Recent insights from McKinsey colleagues featured in episode two

Podcast

Prioritizing sustainability in the consumer sector

– Consumers and companies alike are becoming more interested in making sustainability-focused choices, but how to do so isn’t... always clear. Two McKinsey partners provide some research-based insights.
Article

COVID-19’s impact on Asian American workers: Six key insights

– As Asian Americans strive for equity in the workplace, the COVID-19 crisis has created additional challenges. Six insights show... how the pandemic has affected this group.
Article

Leap to the future of healthcare: Reinvent through business building

– In a post-COVID-19 era, healthcare executives are preparing to reinvent their businesses.
Article

Five ways to design a better mental-health future for a stressed-out workforce

– Almost 41 percent of Americans struggle with mental-health issues stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, but many companies remain... ill equipped to address the problem.
Interview

Critical communications infrastructure and COVID-19: An interview with Ericsson’s CEO

– Börje Ekholm discusses the impact of the crisis on global telecom networks and the coming 5G transition, as well as the future... of work and challenges to the physical and mental health of employees.
Report

Fast-forward China: How COVID-19 is accelerating five key trends shaping the Chinese economy

– Events expected to play out in the Chinese economy over the next several years have been compressed into a short few months.

Recent insights from McKinsey colleagues featured in episode one

Article

Trends that will define 2021 and beyond: Six months on

– In January 2021, we discussed how the COVID-19 pandemic could change the economy. How did we do?
Article

‘None are safe until all are safe’: COVID-19 vaccine rollout in low- and middle-income countries

– Despite persistent supply issues, in-country delivery and demand for COVID-19 vaccines is likely to be the next challenge for... LMICs.
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Building a more competitive US manufacturing sector

– A fresh sense of urgency and new opportunities could give the sector momentum.
Report

Race in the workplace: The Black experience in the US private sector

– Advancing racial equity in the workplace is a system-level challenge—ranging from the structural inequities of geography to underrepresentation... in industries and jobs that could create additional opportunity to the behaviors of the workplace itself.
Article

Reopening and reimagining Africa

– How the COVID-19 crisis can catalyze change across the continent.
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Connected world: An evolution in connectivity beyond the 5G revolution

– Connectivity is undergoing evolutionary change in most parts of the world—and, in select areas, a genuine leap into the frontier.

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Acknowledgments

We would like to thank the many senior colleagues who shared their stories for their candor, mentorship, and insights. Within McKinsey Global Publishing, special thanks to Joyce Yoo for managing this ongoing project and to Steve Lackey and Myron Shurgan for their video-production expertise. And thanks to everyone who provided collaboration and support, including Mike Borruso, Nancy Cohn, Torea Frey, Eleni Kostopoulos, Philip Mathew, Lucia Rahilly, and Nathan Wilson.