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The Black experience at work in charts

A research-driven look at Black Americans at work reveals profound inequities. Companies that redouble efforts to address this will improve their culture for all employees.

One move companies can take to improve diversity

– Many companies are trying to increase their hiring of diverse employees. Opening hubs, factories, and other worksites where Black... people live is a powerful but overlooked lever.

The irresistible momentum behind clean, electric, connected mobility: Four key trends

– Mobility’s future is visible in the increasing support of capital markets, the demands of Chinese consumers, the effort to slow... climate change, and the new skills automakers will need to deal with these shifts.

Prediction: The future of CX

– Designing great customer experiences is getting easier with the rise of predictive analytics.

The latest Five Fifty

So you want to be a software company

McKinsey Quarterly Five Fifty—Nontech companies are turning to software-based business models for growth. Four misconceptions stand in their way.

The Magazine

Issue

Time to redefine the next normal. Again.

– Looks at how the pandemic is redefining operating models; also, mental health in the workplace, how leaders can instill purpose through an organization, and a thorough look at the future of Asian companies, with many interviews of top CEOs.

In this issue

How COVID-19 is redefining the next-normal operating model

– With everything disrupted, going back to the same old thing is a losing strategy. The strongest companies are reinventing themselves... by embracing pandemic-driven change.

Purpose, not platitudes: A personal challenge for top executives

– To harness the power of corporate purpose, CEOs and other senior executives must pressure-test that purpose with their teams,... employees—and themselves.

Emerging stronger, fitter, faster: The rise of the Asian corporation

– Leading CEOs in Asia explain how COVID-19 has accelerated five business trends in the region and why they’re confident that... unprecedented opportunities lie ahead.

2020 issues

Finding meaning in difficult times

– Examines the role leaders play in helping their employees find meaning and purpose in times of crisis, makes the clear business case for dynamic portfolio management, and offers advice for CEOs around three important, technology-fueled trends.

The CEO moment: Leading toward the next normal

– Examines the shifting role of the CEO in the wake of COVID-19, explores what a postpandemic organization could look like, and explains why inclusion and diversity are especially important during a crisis.

Climate: Shared risk. Shared response.

– Highlights the increasing threats of climate change, explores how today’s leaders can mitigate the more critical effects, and looks at how different industries are charting their own sustainability journeys.

Playing for the long haul

– Explains why companies that take a long-term view of value creation thrive, highlights the technology-driven business changes on the horizon, and takes a close look at the future of work.  

2019 Issues

Transformation

– Explores why companies should go “all in” on transformations, looks at innovation and performance, and explains how... talent is key to digital transformations.

The drumbeat of digital

– Looks at why companies should up the pace of digital-change efforts, explores the keys to successful M&A, and highlights the... importance of shifting the mind-sets and behaviors that hold back organizations.

Resilience

– Addresses business resilience and how companies can prepare for the next economic downturn, explores the ins and outs of effective... decision making, and takes a hard look at talent in the workplace.

Reimagining mobility

– Explores the future of mobility and what shifts mean for cars, business, and society. The issue includes perspectives from participants... shaping the coming mobility revolution.

Columns

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Personal perspectives on top management topics

Bias busters: Avoiding snap judgments

– When making important business decisions, its critical... to put first impressions aside and explore the facts.

Bias busters: Getting both sides of the story

– How can the CEO break employees’ silence and get the critical input needed to make the right strategic moves?

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