Editor’s choice

Strategic courage in an age of volatility

Today’s challenging environment requires business leaders to hone their edge in three critical areas: insights, commitment, and execution.

The 125th anniversary of the little engine that couldn’t

– Once upon a time, the Stanley Steamer was the “car of the future” that broke speed records, drove beautifully, and... famously climbed Mount Washington. What could go wrong?

Bias busters: When good intentions get derailed

– Motivated reasoning can lead people to believe everything’s fine despite evidence to the contrary. Here’s how to counter... emotions with facts.

Does ESG really matter—and why?

– Although valid questions have been raised about ESG, the need for companies to understand and address their externalities is likely... to become essential to maintaining their social license.

How to make ESG real

– While ESG is likely to evolve both in substance and name in the coming years, its underlying impulse is here to stay. Here’s... how companies can take a more systematic and rewarding approach to ESG.

The Great Attrition is making hiring harder. Are you searching the right talent pools?

– People keep quitting at record levels, yet companies are still trying to attract and retain them the same old ways. New research... identifies five types of workers that employers can reach to fill jobs.

Meet the psychological needs of your people—all your people

– Too many employers pay too little heed to the needs of the lower earners in their company. Here’s why—and how—they should shift... gears.

Black representation in the beauty industry

– Black beauty consumers and brands face deep challenges when it comes to equity. Removing those barriers can lead to greater opportunity... for everyone in the industry.

Reflections on 20 years of McKinsey on Finance—and three challenges ahead

– Revolutionary innovations, brilliant ideas, and climate imperatives will change everything—except the fundamentals of finance... and economics.

Interviews

‘If you’re going to build something from scratch, this might be as good a time as in a decade’

– In the second episode of our series The Quarterly Interview: Provocations to Ponder, venture capitalist Bill Gurley explains the promise and perils facing start-ups at a moment of economic uncertainty and reveals why hybrid work may be the most interesting technology of all.

‘Find the smartest technologist in the company and make them CEO’

In the first episode of the new The Quarterly Interview: Provocations to Ponder series, Silicon Valley’s... Marc Andreessen tackles tech trends like artificial intelligence, crypto, and Web3—and why incumbents still have a tough time competing with digital start-ups.

Much anew about ‘nudging’

– Almost 15 years after introducing a critical choice-making framework, behavioral economists Cass Sunstein and Richard Thaler reflect... on its continuing impact on business and society.

Shattering the status quo: A conversation with Haier’s Zhang Ruimin

– Having built Haier into a global powerhouse, its CEO now wants to overthrow 100 years of organizational orthodoxy.

Featured research

Powering up sustainable energy

Can the power industry simultaneously decarbonize generation, propel the transition to electric vehicles, and keep the lights on?

Feeding the world sustainably

– Green technologies, biotech advances, and artificial intelligence could help tame agricultural emissions and waste, while safeguarding... ocean resources.

Reimagining industrial operations

– Through innovation, advanced analytics, digitization, electrification, and process efficiencies, carbon-intensive operations underpinning... the global economy can shape a more sustainable future.

Redefining the power industry

– Quick takes on the pressures posed by climate change—and potential responses.

Podcasts

The war on the coronavirus

Three top military leaders offer lessons from the front lines of managing deadly crises.

The value of talent management

– The roles that create the most value in your organization may not be at the top.

Getting beyond gridlock: The promise of traffic congestion solutions

– With more than half the world’s population living in cities, congestion and pollution are worsening. Technology may be able... to provide new and innovative traffic congestion solutions—but only if city governments and companies collaborate.

Preparing for and managing through a downturn

– As talk of an impending economic downturn takes hold in the business world, executives can take thoughtful steps to help their... companies better weather the storm.

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