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Bryan Hancock

Partner, Washington DC
Supports private, public, and social sector clients through expertise in talent management, organizational design, and workforce development

About Bryan

Bryan is the global leader of McKinsey’s talent work. He has served a wide range of talent-intensive businesses, leading employers in sectors such as retail, transportation, logistics, healthcare, banking, asset management, and oil and gas.

Throughout his career, Bryan has served a wide range of private, public, and social sector clients—including those focused on education and workforce development—and has served multiple higher-education institutions on their organization and strategy. In addition, he has codeveloped workforce-development programs that link educational programs to employer needs. Bryan has also served multiple foundations on their education and economic-development initiatives. He represents McKinsey on the Rework America Business Network.

In addition to his client service, Bryan holds several people leadership roles within McKinsey. He works closely with the firm’s people analytics function, and he sits on the board of McKinsey’s People Insights solution.

Published work

The key role of dynamic talent allocation in shaping the future of work,” McKinsey & Company, September 2021

COVID-19 and education: The lingering effects of unfinished learning,” McKinsey & Company, July 2021

Shaping the workforce of the future in retail and consumer goods,” McKinsey & Company, July 2021

LGBTQ+ inclusion in the workplace,” McKinsey & Company, June 2021

Culture in the hybrid workplace,” podcast, McKinsey & Company, June 2021

Grabbing hold of the new future of work,” podcast, McKinsey & Company, May 2021

Grief, loss, burnout: Navigating a new emotional landscape at work,” blog entry, McKinsey & Company, April 2021

One move companies can take to improve diversity,” McKinsey & Company, April 2021

The elusive inclusive workplace,” podcast, McKinsey & Company, March 2021

Craftsmanship: The key to developing talent in an agile organization,” blog entry, McKinsey & Company, March 2021

The vanishing middle manager,” podcast, McKinsey & Company, February 2021

Three podcast episodes to tackle today’s talent challenges,” blog entry, McKinsey & Company, February 2021

Race in the workplace: The Black experience in the US private sector,” McKinsey & Company, February 2021

Unlocking the true value of effective feedback conversations,” blog entry, McKinsey & Company, February 2021

Grief, loss, burnout: Talking about complex feelings at work,” podcast, McKinsey & Company, December 2020

COVID-19 and learning loss—disparities grow and students need help,” McKinsey & Company, December 2020

Strategic talent management for the post-pandemic world,” blog entry, McKinsey & Company, November 2020

Today’s skills, tomorrow’s jobs: How will your team fare in the future of work?,” podcast, McKinsey & Company, October 2020

Three steps to creating more value through talent,” blog entry, McKinsey & Company, August 2020

HR says talent is crucial for performance—and the pandemic proves it,” McKinsey & Company, July 2020

Rebooting retail: How technology will shape the future of retail,” McKinsey & Company, June 2020

COVID-19 and jobs: Monitoring the US impact on people and places,” McKinsey Global Institute, April 2020

Lives and livelihoods: Assessing the near-term impact of COVID-19 on US workers,” McKinsey & Company, April 2020

Next-level sales talent: HR’s message to the CEO,” podcast, McKinsey & Company, February 2020

The new science of talent: From roles to returns,” podcast, McKinsey & Company, January 2020

Getting practical about the future of work,” McKinsey Quarterly, January 2020

Employee motivation in the age of automation and agility,” blog entry, McKinsey & Company, December 2019

Building the tech talent pipeline,” McKinsey & Company, December 2019

The future of work in America: People and places, today and tomorrow,” McKinsey & Company, July 2019

Automation in retail: An executive overview for getting ready,” McKinsey & Company, May 2019

Why we all need performance ratings on a regular basis,” blog entry, McKinsey & Company, April 2019

Straight talk about employee evaluation and performance management,” McKinsey Quarterly, October 2018

Boosting the skills of incumbent workers: An interview with Walmart’s Kathleen McLaughlin,” McKinsey & Company, September 2018

The fairness factor in performance management,” McKinsey Quarterly, April 2018

Adapting education to the demands of a rapidly changing economy: An interview with Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley,” McKinsey & Company, August 2018

Ahead of the curve: The future of performance management,” McKinsey Quarterly, May 2016

Getting beyond bureaucracy in human resources,”McKinsey Quarterly, April 2015

Redesigning Knowledge Work,” Harvard Business Review, January-February 2013

The State of Human Capital 2012—Why the human capital function still has far to go,” People & Strategy Journal, 2012

The economic cost of the US education gap,” Teachers College Record, June 2009

Past experience

Delta Air Lines
Business development


Harvard Law School

University of Virginia
BA, international relations, government