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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Coming soon—featuring Drew Ungerman, Cindy Levy, and more.

Recent insights from McKinsey colleagues featured in episode five

Article

Staying ahead of the B2B ecosystem disruption in emerging Asia

– Consumer-goods companies in Asian emerging markets are turning to data, analytics, and digital solutions to realize value in traditional... trade.
Article

The growth triple play: Creativity, analytics, and purpose

– Companies that integrate creativity, analytics, and purpose are delivering at least two times the growth of their peers.
Article

How Mexico can become Latin America’s digital-government powerhouse

– Mexico’s digital efforts thus far have been laudable. But higher ambitions could fuel productivity and economic growth and... boost the country’s GDP by 7 to 15 percent.
Interactive

What matters most? Five priorities for CEOs in the next normal

– How leaders can adapt to a very different future.
Article

Pandemic to endemic: How the world can learn to live with COVID-19

– With prospects of herd immunity fading, endemic COVID-19 is upon us, and new “whole of society” approaches are needed.

Recent insights from McKinsey colleagues featured in episode four

Article

The diversity imperative in retail

– Consumers are expecting more from brands than ever before, and the cost is high for retailers that don’t take action on... racial equity, diversity, and inclusion.
Report - McKinsey Global Institute

Latin America’s missing middle of midsize firms and middle-class spending power

– Digital could help the region reboot inclusive growth and regain lost ground.
Article

Why retail outperformers are pulling ahead

– Retailers’ relative performance in capital markets starkly demonstrates a pandemic-driven acceleration of ongoing industry... shifts. This means those that wish to keep up need to speed up.
Report - McKinsey Global Institute

Reskilling China: Transforming the world’s largest workforce into lifelong learners

– China’s next challenge is to transform education and skills development to deliver the talent needed for an innovative,... digitized, postindustrial economy.
Article

Omnichannel in B2B sales: The new normal in a year that has been anything but

– New analysis makes it clear: Omnichannel is here to stay for B2B sales.
Article

Solving the net-zero equation: Nine requirements for a more orderly transition

– Net-zero commitments are rising, but the net-zero equation is not yet solved. This can only change if nine interdependent requirements... are met with singular resolve, unity, and ingenuity.

Recent insights from McKinsey colleagues featured in episode three

Interview

Accelerating pandemic response efforts: An interview with CEPI’s Richard Hatchett

– Amid the COVID-19 crisis, the CEO of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations explains his five-year strategy that... includes reducing vaccine timelines.
Article

Why your COVID-19 exit needs ‘strategy inserts’

– Targeted updates to your strategy can help you fight incrementalism and hit the right “escape velocity” for recovering... from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Discussion Paper - McKinsey Global Institute

Building a more competitive US manufacturing sector

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

Women in the Workplace 2021

– A year and a half into the COVID-19 pandemic, women in corporate America are even more burned out than they were last year—and... increasingly more so than men. Despite this, women leaders are stepping up to support employee well-being and diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts, but that work is not getting recognized. That’s according to the latest Women in the Workplace report from McKinsey, in partnership with LeanIn.Org.
Article

Bold moves to forge Nordic champions

– Nordic companies are trailing their global peers in terms of growth and scale. McKinsey reveals five bold moves across industries... to recapture profitable growth and global market share.
Interview

Keeping McDonald’s ‘relevant’: An interview with CEO Chris Kempczinski

– Soon after Chris Kempczinski became CEO, the COVID-19 pandemic hit, and the restaurant chain suffered the worst quarter in its... history. But under his leadership, recovery—and growth—are once again on the horizon.

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.
Discussion Paper - McKinsey Global Institute

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.
Discussion Paper - McKinsey Global Institute

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.