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A moveable beast: Inflation and its effects on consumer sentiment

– This week, we look at how consumer sentiment is faring in Europe and the United States as inflation takes hold. Plus, tracking the move to the cloud in China, and an economic geographer explains what makes cities and regions dynamic.

Dynamic or disruptive? Asia’s business leaders on the challenges ahead.

– This week, snippets of wisdom from a wide range of Asia’s business leaders interviewed by McKinsey since the pandemic began.... Plus, the future of health equity, and six secrets of profitable airlines (yes, there are a few).

The quitting trend just won’t quit. It’s time for companies to update their talent strategy.

– This week, why companies are still having such a hard time adjusting to the new labor market, and what new research tells us they... can do to fill all the open jobs out there.

Don’t worry, be happy: Why having fun should be high on your to-do list

– This week, how to make fun a priority, not an afterthought. Plus, personalized vitamins and the future of wellness, and Tech for... Execs explains the crucial role of data products.

First a pandemic, then a price squeeze. Here’s how retailers bounce back.

– This week, retailers feel the big (price) squeeze. Plus, what’s putting the sizzle in semiconductors, who’s leading... the transformation at Wipro, and how tech is transforming higher education.

The digital divide: How US states can close the high-speed-internet gap

– This week, we look at how that might happen. Plus, how to build a global tech unicorn, and what has changed—and what hasn’t—in... the 20 years since the launch of McKinsey on Finance.

Want to improve your cloud economics? Then it’s time to let go of the past.

– This week, we look at all the steps that companies can take to get value from the cloud. Plus, how leaders can buck a herd mentality,... and David Gergen, a longtime presidential adviser and political analyst, on how the Baby Boomers have to step back and let younger leaders lead.

A quantum leap in the fight against climate change: Quantum computing

– This week, how quantum computing has the power to revolutionize the fight against climate change. Plus, the ever-expanding CFO... role, and three questions for the director-general of the World Trade Organization.

Why investing in nurses pays off in excellent patient care

– This week, we look at why high quit rates for nurses may imperil high-quality healthcare. Plus, new sources of lithium mining... can help keep the electric-vehicle market moving, and how the war in Ukraine has caused 12 disruptions around the world.

Don’t hide your design department from the rest of the business

– This week, we look at what makes a successful business design department (and no, it’s not a pricey coffee machine in a... fancy loft office). Plus, worker power is on the rise—or is it? And read about our new Global Energy Perspective 2022.

Real estate and climate risk: Implications for long-term value, revenue, and more.

– This week, the hazards and opportunities for real estate as the world tackles climate change. Plus, why boards should be more... strategic about cloud, and Terry Crews, the Brooklyn Nine-Nine actor and former NFL player, explores how “tough guys” can find strength in vulnerability.

What does inflation change for CEOs, the planners-in-chief? Pretty much everything.

– This week, a playbook for how CEOs handle inflation, which many haven’t dealt with for years. Plus, what’s driving... the white-hot semiconductor market, and a McKinsey expert on the future of retail stores in the omnichannel era.
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