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Getting serious about sustainability at Davos

January 24, 2020 – It’s an annual media ritual to poke fun at the global movers and shakers gathered at Davos for the World Economic Forum. At the same time, the Shortlist doesn’t need to remind readers that the globe is facing serious challenges, and it’s not a bad thing if leaders pause together to consider climate, the influence of tech, the future of work, the role of business in problem solving, and much more.

Embedding ‘the helix’ in your corporate DNA

January 17, 2020 – It’s a classic corporate drama: a CEO overseeing a company-wide reorganization is trying... to allocate resources across groups and just ends up moving people and money into slightly revamped silos. The finale: an org chart, made up of a blurry web of boxes and solid- and dotted-line reporting relationships, floats across the screen.

China in 2020: The key trends you need to watch

January 10, 2020 – What will 2020 bring for the Chinese economy? China’s slowing GDP and trade problems with... the United States have injected uncertainty into the most confident of forecasts. Some have predicted that these developments will spell bad news for Chinese consumption. Our research suggests they needn’t worry so much.

Avoiding the halo effect: The devil’s in the details

December 20, 2019 – The desire for coherence (or fitting complex ideas into simple mental frames) is part of being... human. In the business context, it can prompt people to draw conclusions faster than they should. This is what’s known as the halo effect: company performance, good or bad, creates an overall impression—a halo—that shapes how we perceive its strategy, leaders, employees, culture, and other elements.

AI power users: New global research on what winners do better

December 13, 2019 – As we know, the adoption of any new tech tends to follow the well-trod path of the beloved... S-curve. Take the current upsurge of AI. The small set of power users who’ve already placed big bets is expanding swiftly. More are joining, snatching up gains and narrowing opportunities for latecomers.

Future-proofing in insurance: The digital path ahead

December 6, 2019 – Insurance executives are acutely aware of the need to infuse their companies with digital and... analytics capabilities. Most have started figuring out what they need to do, but how to do so—that’s the rub. A top-down digital transformation?

The State of Fashion 2020: How to wear uncertainty well

November 22, 2019 – “Challenging,” “disruptive,” “uncertain” ... these are... the words business leaders most frequently chose to describe today’s global fashion industry. In The State of Fashion 2020, industry execs largely expressed pessimism about the coming year’s economic climate.

Set goals, make tough choices: That’s how you do innovation

November 15, 2019 – New products, new services, new processes, new models, new growth—this wish list is old... but evergreen for leaders of large, established companies, wistfully eyeing those nimble, young start-ups with their shiny innovations.

Our global banking review: Time for some bold late-cycle moves

November 8, 2019 – Growth has been slowing. Yield curves are flattening. A downturn is on the horizon, and now,... a decade from the financial crisis, global banks are taking stock. At least, they better be.

What makes a stellar CEO? We mined our database to find out

November 1, 2019 – How do excellent leaders think and act? There’s a lot out there on this topic, but not... much of it is terribly actionable. That’s why McKinsey’s latest research aims to codify practical, data-supported prescriptions for leaders.

European data privacy: Is your company ready?

October 25, 2019 – Europe’s data-privacy regulations, known as the “right to be forgotten,” are... poised to reshape the rules protecting Europeans’ online data in ways companies should be thinking about now.

Women in the Workplace: New research on the ‘broken rung’

October 18, 2019 – Climbing the corporate ladder doesn’t work when there’s a broken rung. That’s... the message behind McKinsey and Lean In’s fifth annual report, Women in the Workplace 2019.
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