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Focusing on innovation is hard right now. But it will mean growth on the other side.

June 26, 2020 – A stunning number. In our recent survey of more than 200 organizations across industries, more than 90 percent of executives said they expect the fallout from COVID-19 to fundamentally change the way they do business over the next five years, with almost as many saying the crisis will have a lasting impact on their customers’ needs. At the same time, more than three-quarters said the crisis will create significant new opportunities for growth.

Why diversity really does belong at the top of your agenda

June 19, 2020 – The current outcry in the US over racial injustice is long overdue. Yet while many companies are... pledging to commit to diversity and inclusion goals, others may decide they should focus elsewhere to ensure their survival as the fallout from the pandemic continues. That would be a mistake: our research shows that businesses with a strong culture of diversity and inclusion are actually better positioned than their less diverse peers.

How to navigate the new normal: Communication, compassion, community

June 12, 2020 – Our research into the mindsets and practices of excellent CEOs reveals that the best leaders can... frame what success means for their organizations and promote a forward-looking agenda. But that’s in normal times. What does success look like in a sustained crisis environment?

Reopening in the US: What’s next during tense times

June 5, 2020 – Restarting economies in this new phase of the coronavirus pandemic has been difficult all over the... globe. However, the already-fraught reopening in the United States has reached new levels of complexity and emotion as protests against police brutality erupt across the country. Many Americans are deeply uncertain about what comes next, despite a strong desire to resume normal life.

The restart: Are you ready?

May 29, 2020 – The past months have been grueling, destabilizing, often deadly. Now, as governments and businesses... try to find their feet amid the pandemic, there’s room for hope, tempered with caution.

The pandemic holds lessons for climate change. Can we build back better?

May 22, 2020 – As economies begin to restart after worldwide coronavirus lockdowns, the world is rightly focused... on lives and livelihoods. At the same time, many are noticing what might be called a silver lining: quieter cities, drops in air and water pollution, and wildlife emerging in unexpected places. Whether these trends continue once human activity returns to full strength is anyone’s guess.

Europe, emerging from lockdown, finds a changed economic and social landscape

May 15, 2020 – As millions across Europe emerge from quarantine amid one of the greatest economic and humanitarian... shocks of our time, the stakes are, needless to say, high. The EU is now in its worst recession as a bloc, with its economy expected to contract by 7.4 percent this year—significantly more than in the global financial crisis in 2009, when it shrank by around 4.5 percent.

A full plate for food retailers as the crisis shifts consumer behavior

May 8, 2020 – Coronavirus cases globally are now well above three million—with more than a million in the... United States alone. And with the lockdowns that have kept those numbers from going ever higher, it’s getting harder to remember a time when going to the store didn’t mean putting on a mask and staying six feet away from others. And there are newfound fears that the food supply chain can’t handle the changes the crisis has wrought.

Time to start plotting what recovery could look like

May 1, 2020 – Where are we headed? The coronavirus pandemic is not only a health crisis of immense proportions,... but it has also spurred a restructuring of the global economic order. While it’s too early to know how that will evolve, leaders should consider several trends that may shape the next normal.

Can retail ever bounce back from the coronavirus?

April 24, 2020 – Store closings, travel bans, record unemployment ... Being in the midst of a global pandemic is... nerve wracking, to say the least. Yet even as we worry about friends and family and follow the latest updates, COVID-19 is disrupting the economy in a major way. The McKinsey Global Institute estimates that the economic slowdown caused by virus-suppression efforts may very well lead to the largest quarterly decline in economic activity since the 1930s.

Asia and the crisis: Glimmers of hope for the business world

April 17, 2020 – We all know that the coronavirus pandemic is going to reshape the global economy, whether in the... short term or for the long haul. Even as the United States and Europe contend with what the IMF says will be the largest economic decline since the Great Depression, Asia faces unprecedented risk.

Cybersecurity and coronavirus: How to protect against threats

April 10, 2020 – As the coronavirus pandemic spreads, corporate leaders are doing all they can to keep their people... safe, stay on top of their businesses, and deal with uncertainty as conditions constantly shift.
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