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Unleashing the power of small, independent teams

Unleashing the power of small, independent teams

Small, independent teams are the lifeblood of the agile organization. Top executives can unleash them by driving ambition, removing red tape, and helping managers adjust to the new norms.

The agile manager

– Who manages in an agile organization? And what exactly do they do?

Accelerating product development: The tools you need now

– To speed innovation and fend off disruption, R&D organizations at incumbent companies can borrow the tools and techniques... that digital natives use to get ahead.

The leadership journey of Abraham Lincoln

– Hear the call to action contained in Abraham Lincoln’s story, and get to work. The world has never needed you and other... real leaders more than it does now.

Eight shifts that will take your strategy into high gear

– Developing a great strategy starts with changing the dynamics in your strategy room. Here’s how.

Linking talent to value

– Getting the best people into the most important roles does not happen by chance; it requires a disciplined look at where the organization... really creates value and how top talent contributes.

The fairness factor in performance management

– Many systems are under stress because employees harbor doubts that the core elements are equitable. A few practical steps can... change that.

Leading with inner agility

– Disruptive times call for transformational leaders with a knack for addressing complex problems. To navigate effectively, we must... learn to let go—and become more complex ourselves.

An agenda for the talent-first CEO

– In tumultuous times, a company’s talent is its most valuable and reliable asset. What does it take to lead an organization... that truly unleashes its human capital?

Interviews

A view from the front lines of baseball's data analytics revolution

A view from the front lines of baseball’s data-analytics revolution

In the second of a two-part interview, Houston Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow describes how analytics has changed baseball—from Moneyball in 2003 to the last out of the 2017 World Series.

How the Houston Astros are winning through advanced analytics

– In the first of a two-part interview, the architect of last year’s World Series champions shares how analytics, organization,... and culture combine to create competitive advantage in a zero-sum industry.

Debiasing the corporation: An interview with Nobel laureate Richard Thaler

– The University of Chicago professor explains how executives can battle back against biases that can affect their decision making.

Digging deep for organizational innovation

– Organizational simplicity. Clear accountabilities. Nimble planning processes. All characterize a scrappy oil and gas company you... may not have heard of. Learn more from its CEO.

Featured research

Three surprising resource implications from the rise of electric vehicles

Three surprising resource implications from the rise of electric vehicles

The economic consequences for energy, raw materials, and land may not be what you’d expect.

China’s fast climb up the value chain

– From high-tech unicorns to specialty chemicals, the country’s economy is moving swiftly beyond its lower-margin roots.

Taking the measure of innovation

– Don’t overlook the insight that two simple metrics can yield about the effectiveness of your R&D spending.

Will artificial intelligence make you a better leader?

– Agile leadership and AI both depend on learning to let go.

Industry dynamics

Booming cities, unintended consequences

Booming cities, unintended consequences

Roadways clogged by commercial vehicles and intense competition for affordable housing are imposing costs on prosperous cities and their most vulnerable residents.

AI’s growing impact

– Smart machines are giving storytellers and risk managers alike a helping hand.

Resetting the cost base

– Technology is creating opportunities and threats for the supplies of traditional industries from utilities to pulp and paper to... construction.

Competing in a world of digital ecosystems

– New players and blurring sector borders are starting to influence the competitive outlook in a wide range of industries. Here’s... a close-in look at changes afoot in automobiles and banking.

Podcasts

Putting talent at the top of the CEO agenda

Putting talent at the top of the CEO agenda

McKinsey global managing partner Dominic Barton discusses how executives serious about delivering value need to spend more time identifying their organizations’ top performers and most critical roles.

The real-world potential and limitations of artificial intelligence

– Artificial intelligence has the potential to create trillions of dollars of value across the economy—if business leaders work... to understand what AI can and cannot do.

Microsoft’s next act

– CEO Satya Nadella talks about innovation, disruption, and organizational change.

Disruption, friction, and change: The hallmarks of a true transformation

– A company transformation is a holistic, top-priority endeavor that requires aggressive focus from the management team to reach... the full potential of a business.

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