McKinsey Quarterly 2021 Issue 1
McKinsey Quarterly 2021 Number 1

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.

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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.
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Closing the capability gap in the time of COVID-19

– Building capabilities that durably change workforce behaviors has never been easy, and the pandemic has made it harder. But some organizations have found approaches to thrive in recovery and beyond.
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Mental health in the workplace: The coming revolution

– Employees are in need and are demanding better coverage. Here’s how leading companies get mental health coverage right.

PURPOSE BEYOND THE PANDEMIC

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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.
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More than a mission statement: How the 5Ps embed purpose to deliver value

– Your company’s purpose strengthens resilience and creates value—if it’s genuine. A new framework highlights a detailed approach to embedding purpose throughout your organization.

THE FUTURE OF ASIAN COMPANIES

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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.
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What will (and won’t) change in the future of Asia: An interview with the CEO of DBS

– The continued economic integration of Asia will open up opportunities for savvy businesses, predicts Piyush Gupta.
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Using ecosystems to reach higher: An interview with the co-CEO of Ping An

– Expect digital to further blur industry lines, supercharge scalability, and loosen geographical restraints for professional services, says Jessica Tan.
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Addressing society’s pain points: An interview with the CEO of Ayala Corporation

– Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala reflects on Asia’s imperative, and his own, to find inclusive and creative solutions to complex and uncertain challenges.
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Why a cut-and-paste approach to digital transformation won’t cut it: An interview with the founder of Biocon

– Asian companies can reap many benefits if they not only embrace but also truly understand digital innovation, says Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw.
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Private equity and the pandemic: An interview with the CEO of Hahn & Company

– Scott Sang-Won Hahn, CEO of the South Korean private-equity firm Hahn & Company, discusses forces at work in his country and how the dynamics unleashed by COVID-19 are an impetus for change.
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How the State Bank of India is learning from crisis

– Rajnish Kumar, chairman of India’s largest bank, discusses COVID-19, digital transformation, and the future of work in financial services.
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How Asia’s largest pharma is leveraging its values to navigate the COVID-19 crisis

– Christophe Weber, CEO of Takeda Pharmaceuticals, discusses challenges to globalization, principles in the face of crises, and new opportunities when companies pull together.
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Prioritize people in times of crisis: An interview with the CEO of BHP

– Mike Henry explains the importance of social value in decision making and why relationships lie at the heart of business resilience.
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Rallying around purpose: An interview with the managing director and CEO of Insurance Australia Group

– Digital technologies are important, but “good, old-fashioned trust” is indispensable, says Peter Harmer.
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How the CEO of Samsung SDS sets a course for ‘humble and speedy’

– Won-Pyo Hong, CEO of Samsung’s information- and communications-technology arm, explains how a collaborative approach helps his South Korea–based company drive digital transformations globally.
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How an Australian resources company makes ESG a priority

– Karen Wood, chair of South32, talks about what makes the company’s purpose and strategy resilient in unpredictable times.
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Driving for resilience: An interview with the CEO of India’s Tata Motors

– Guenter Butschek, CEO of Tata Motors, shares his perspectives on the COVID-19-era challenges of leading a major global automotive company based in India, and the opportunities just up the road.
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Speeding up to become even more consumer-obsessed: An interview with GSK’s Keith Choy

– The leader of GlaxoSmithKline’s Asia–Pacific Consumer Healthcare group describes how his organization is speeding up to serve consumers, despite the heightened uncertainty of COVID-19.
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Asia at the speed of light: An interview with the head of ReNew Power

– The energy transition will remake Asia, says Sumant Sinha, managing director of ReNew Power.
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Democratizing Indonesia’s housing market: An interview with Pahala Mansury

– BTN’s former president director explains how the Indonesian bank is making housing affordable for all during the COVID-19 pandemic.