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Inside the Strategy Room

We talk with McKinsey partners and corporate executives on the challenges they face creating lasting strategies in a fast-changing world. We also examine the different ways these executives approach these challenges and the new and innovative ways they think of creating a vision for their enterprises.

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141. The ten rules of growth

One of the surest signs of a thriving enterprise is robust and consistent revenue growth. That has not been easy to accomplish over the past 15 years. Now, with a slowing global economy, rising inflation, and geopolitical uncertainty, growth may become more elusive still. To help business leaders buck these trends, our guests Chris Bradley and Rebecca Doherty conducted an in-depth study of the growth patterns and performance of the world’s 5,000 largest public companies over the past 15 years. Their findings suggest ten rules that should guide organizations seeking to outgrow and outearn their peers.  Chris is a senior partner based in our Sydney office and a director of the McKinsey Global Institute. Rebecca leads our work on growth and innovation and is based in the Bay Area. They joined Sean Brown to discuss how business leaders can unlock the growth code.  Read Chris and Rebecca's article on McKinsey.com Join our LinkedIn community of more than 86,000 members.  Explore Inside the Strategy Room podcast transcripts episode transcripts on McKinsey.com See www.mckinsey.com/privacy-policy for privacy information

32mins

28 Nov 2022

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140. How ambidextrous leaders manage through volatile times

In this episode we discuss strategy in an age of volatility. How are business leaders honing their edge in three critical areas–insights, commitment, and execution–to successfully navigate this period of uncertainty? How should executives manage the downside while aggressively pursuing the upside in times of crisis and disruption? To answer these questions, Sean Brown is joined by Michael Birshan and Ishaan Seth. Michael and Ishaan recently cowrote an article on this topic with Bob Sternfels, our global managing partner. Michael and Ishaan are the co-leaders of our Strategy and Corporate Finance Practice. Ishaan joins us from New York, and his client work has focused banking and securities and financial services. Michael joins us from London, and he works with clients in energy, natural resources, and industrials. He also serves on the McKinsey Global Institute Council, which advises on research on global economic, business, and technology trends.  What if the world’s highest-performing CEOs held a master class to share the skills and practices that have driven their success over the years? Learn more in CEO Excellence: The Six Mindsets That Distinguish the Best Leaders from the Rest Unlock big strategy moves to beat the odds in business.  Learn more in Strategy Beyond the Hockey Stick. We invite you to join our LinkedIn community of more than 86,000 members. Join us to receive the latest insights on strategy and corporate finance.  You can also explore more Inside the Strategy Room podcast episode transcripts on McKinsey.com See www.mckinsey.com/privacy-policy for privacy information

43mins

18 Nov 2022

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139. The board's role in building resilience

Corporate resilience requires both protecting against the downside and preparing to capture the upside from any shocks.  In this episode, three experts discuss the board's role in building that resilience. Asutosh Padhi is a senior partner in our Chicago office who helps industrial companies with functional, business unit, and enterprise-wide transformations. Celia Huber, a senior partner in our San Francisco Bay Area office, leads our board services work in North America. Finally, Ida Kristensen is a senior partner in our New York office who coleads our Risk and Resilience Practice in North America, as well as our Global Cybersecurity Practice.  Here is the board survey Celia mentions during this episode: How boards have risen to the COVID-19 challenge, and what’s next Here is the episode on board resilience from April 2021. We invite you to join our LinkedIn community of more than 86,000 members. Join us to receive the latest insights on strategy and corporate finance.  You can also explore more Inside the Strategy Room podcast episode transcripts on McKinsey.comSee www.mckinsey.com/privacy-policy for privacy information

43mins

4 Nov 2022

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138. Transformational performance management

The elements of an effective performance-management system are relatively simple, but integrating them into a business’ fundamental operating system can be more complex than it seems. In this episode, we discuss recent innovations in performance management that business leaders can implement across the planning and performance management cycle. We share best practices for how to incorporate energy transition and ESG themes into performance management, how to adopt an agile goal-setting approach, and we look at how best-in-class companies are adopting a single digital approach to reporting.  Our guests include Christian Grube, who leads our CFO service line in Germany and serves clients in the automotive, healthcare, and manufacturing Industries. Roel Hoyer, who co-leads McKinsey's O&G strategy service line, focusing on serving oil and gas, and OFSE clients, and Rohan Jain, who serves South East Asian clients on sustainability transformations, new business building, and tech-enabled transformations. Join our LinkedIn community at https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/mckinsey-strategy-&-corporate-finance Explore more Inside the Strategy Room podcast episode transcripts at https://www.mckinsey.com/itsrSee www.mckinsey.com/privacy-policy for privacy information

36mins

14 Oct 2022

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137. Creating value with M&A: A conversation with XPO CEO Brad Jacobs

Few business leaders have more experience in M&A than Brad Jacobs. Over a four-decade-plus career, he created several billion-dollar corporations. The most recent three he built largely through acquisitions: United Rentals, an industrial equipment rental company; United Waste Systems, involved in garbage collection; and XPO, the logistics company he currently leads. At both United Rentals and United Waste, he executed more than 200 deals each. At XPO, he has created a digital-forward logistics leader in an industry that has tended to lag in technology adoption. Brad will soon transition from CEO to executive chairman of XPO. We thought it’d be a good time to ask him to share the lessons he has learned over the course of his extensive deal-making experience. Brad sat down with Andy West, a senior partner based in Boston who co-leads McKinsey’s M&A practice globally. Join our LinkedIn community:https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/mckinsey-strategy-&-corporate-finance Explore more Inside the Strategy Room podcast episode transcripts: https://www.mckinsey.com/itsr Contact Andy West: https://www.mckinsey.com/our-people/andy-westSee www.mckinsey.com/privacy-policy for privacy information

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6 Oct 2022

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136. Choosing a blueprint for growth

Growth is something every CEO and business leader aspires to deliver, but for many, it remains elusive. In this episode, Biljana Cvetanovski, Erik Roth, and Jill Zucker join Sean Brown to discuss the steps leaders can take to help foster sustainable, inclusive growth within their organizations. Biljana, Erik, and Jill are the co-authors of the recent Mckinsey.com article, ‘Choosing to grow: the leader’s blueprint.’ You can read the article here: https://www.mckinsey.com/capabilities/growth-marketing-and-sales/our-insights/choosing-to-grow-the-leaders-blueprint Biljana is a partner in our London office who leads our Growth, Marketing, and Sales practice in the U.K., Ireland, and Israel. Erik Roth is a senior partner in our Stamford, Connecticut office. He's a leader in our Innovation practice, and he focuses on helping clients grow through innovation. Jill Zucker is a senior partner and the former managing partner of our New York office. She co-leads our global growth transformation work. Join our LinkedIn community:https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/mckinsey-strategy-&-corporate-finance Explore more Inside the Strategy Room podcast episode transcripts: https://www.mckinsey.com/itsr See www.mckinsey.com/privacy-policy for privacy information

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29 Sep 2022

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135. Richard Rumelt on what separates good strategy from bad

In this episode, we hear from Richard Rumelt. Richard has been called, “A giant in the field of strategy.” He is the Harry and Elsa Kunin Chair Emeritus at the UCLA Anderson School of Management and a founding member and former president of the Strategic Management Society. He is also the author of Good Strategy/Bad Strategy: The Difference and Why it Matters, and in this episode he’ll explain how to circumvent what he calls, “the contagion of bad strategy.” His reflections are based on his latest book, The Crux: How Leaders Become Strategists. Richard is joined by our communications director, Sean Brown, and Yuval Atsmon, a senior partner based in our London office. Learn more about Richard’s book: https://thecruxbook.com/ Join our LinkedIn community: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/mckinsey-strategy-&-corporate-finance Explore more Inside the Strategy Room podcast episode transcripts: https://www.mckinsey.com/itsr See www.mckinsey.com/privacy-policy for privacy information

44mins

22 Sep 2022

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134. How to embed ESG into resource allocation decisions

Resource allocation decisions are one of the clearest manifestations of a company’s strategic choices. By embedding ESG (or environmental, social, and governance) metrics and targets into those decisions, business leaders can progress from talking about ESG targets to intentionally creating the conditions by which those targets can be achieved. To discuss how to effectively allocate resources towards ESG priorities, Sean Brown is joined by Matt Stone and Fabian Apel. Matt is a partner in our London office and an expert on sustainability and ESG issues. His work focuses on helping companies navigate the energy transition. Fabian is an associate partner also based in London. Join our LinkedIn community: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/mckinsey-strategy-&-corporate-finance Explore more Inside the Strategy Room podcast episode transcripts: https://www.mckinsey.com/itsr See www.mckinsey.com/privacy-policy for privacy information

24mins

15 Sep 2022

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133. Digital ecosystems: Creating value in the new age of sectors without borders

In this episode, we hear from McKinsey senior partner Miklós Dietz on the subject of the forthcoming book he has coauthored with Venkat Atluri titled, ‘The Ecosystem Economy: How to Lead in the New Age of Sectors Without Borders.’ The book offers an incisive and eye-opening look at the emerging ecosystem economy and what it means for companies used to familiar sector silos. We recorded Miklós speaking at an event for aspiring CEOs that McKinsey held in San Diego earlier this year. He explored how the most successful companies in the new economy aren’t the ones that have applied old-school best practices but, instead, have adopted entirely new mindsets and approaches for a fundamentally transforming market. Pre-order ‘The Ecosystem Economy: How to Lead in the New Age of Sectors Without Borders’: https://www.amazon.com/Ecosystem-Revolution-Sectors-Without-Borders/dp/1119984785 Contact Miklós Gábor Dietz:https://www.mckinsey.com/our-people/miklos-dietz Join our LinkedIn community:https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/mckinsey-strategy-&-corporate-finance Explore more Inside the Strategy Room podcast episode transcripts:https://www.mckinsey.com/itsrSee www.mckinsey.com/privacy-policy for privacy information

33mins

8 Sep 2022

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132. Tim Koller reflects on 20 years of McKinsey on Finance

In this episode, Tim Koller joins us again for the second of our two-part series celebrating two decades of McKinsey on Finance. Tim is the co-author of the best-selling book, Valuation, and helped to launch and steer our publication, McKinsey on Finance, through 80 issues over the past 20 years. Tim reflects on changes in the corporate finance and valuation landscape that have taken place over the last two decades in a wide-ranging conversation with the editor of McKinsey on Finance, David Schwartz. David is an executive editor at McKinsey based in our Tel Aviv office. Read Tim’s article, ‘Reflections on 20 years of McKinsey on Finance—and three challenges ahead’: https://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/strategy-and-corporate-finance/our-insights/reflections-on-20-years-of-mckinsey-on-finance-and-three-challenges-ahead Download McKinsey on Finance:https://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/strategy-and-corporate-finance/our-insights/mckinsey-on-finance Read ‘Valuation: Measuring and Managing the Value of Companies, 7th edition’: https://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/strategy-and-corporate-finance/our-insights/valuation-measuring-and-managing-the-value-of-companies Contact Tim Koller:https://www.mckinsey.com/our-people/tim-koller Join our LinkedIn community:https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/mckinsey-strategy-&-corporate-finance Explore more Inside the Strategy Room podcast episode transcripts: https://www.mckinsey.com/itsrSee www.mckinsey.com/privacy-policy for privacy information

33mins

1 Sep 2022

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