About Scott

As a leader in the Organization Practice, Scott’s passion is helping management teams unlock the full potential of their organizations. He works with leadership teams to develop comprehensive transformation programs that deliver, with change-management excellence, improved bottom-line performance, and shift underlying culture for sustainability. As part of this work, he plays a direct CEO- and board-counseling role, particularly during times of leadership transitions.

Scott is active in knowledge sharing and publishing. He regularly hosts leadership and change-management round tables, including at the World Economic Forum. He is a cofounder and senior faculty of two of our premier client capability-building sessions, the Change Leaders Forum and the Executive Transitions Master Class. Scott is a guest lecturer at Trinity Business School at Trinity College Dublin, University of Dublin, and Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California.

Scott has written many books and articles on organizational effectiveness. Most recently, he coauthored Leading Organizations: Ten Timeless Truths (Bloomsbury Business, June 2017). His best seller, Beyond Performance: How Great Organizations Achieve Ultimate Competitive Advantage (Wiley, June 2011), has been translated into seven languages.

Outside of McKinsey, Scott is a cofounder and board member of Digital Divide Data (DDD), a social enterprise that uses a sustainable IT-service model to benefit some of the world’s most disadvantaged populations. Fast Company magazine ranked DDD as a global top innovator.


What every leader needs to know about organizational management

Published work

How to make your team R.O.C.K.,” McKinsey & Company, May 2018

Successfully transitioning to new leadership roles,” McKinsey & Company, May 2018

“Amazon’s Alexa – your next Chief Talent Officer?,” McKinsey & Company, March 2018

TalentTech: enabling talent in the digital age,” McKinsey & Company, February 2018

Reorganizing to capture maximum value quickly,” McKinsey & Company, February 2018

Focus on the five percent,” McKinsey & Company, January 2018

Be rational about irrationality,” McKinsey & Company, January 2018

It really isn’t about 100 days,” McKinsey & Company, November 2017

Welcome to the ‘Insights on Leadership & Organization’ Blog,” McKinsey & Company, November 2017

Attracting and retaining the right talent,” McKinsey & Company, November 2017

High-performing teams: A timeless leadership topic,” McKinsey Quarterly, June 2017

Leading Organizations: Ten Timeless Truths, Bloomsbury Business, June 2017

Increasing the meaning quotient of work,” McKinsey Quarterly, January 2013

Social pressure is a better motivator than money,” HBR Blog Network, September 2012

How to get senior leaders to change,” HBR Blog Network, June 2012

Increase your team’s motivation five-fold,” HBR Blog Network, April 2012

Change your employees’ minds, change your business,” HBR Blog Network, March 2012

Three steps to a high performance culture,” HBR Blog Network, January 2012

Four motivation mistakes leaders make,” HBR Blog Network, October 2011

Four ways to lead a successful transformation,” HBR Blog Network, September 2011

Five questions that should shape any change program,” HBR Blog Network, December 2011

Beyond Performance: How Great Organizations Build Ultimate Competitive Advantage, Wiley, 2011

The irrational side of change management,”McKinsey Quarterly, 2009

The CEO's role in leading transformation,”McKinsey Quarterly, 2007


University of Notre Dame
MBA, international business
BS, mechanical engineering