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The McKinsey Podcast

The McKinsey Podcast, our new flagship podcast series, takes you inside our global firm, and features conversations with experts on issues that matter most in business and management. McKinsey & Company is a management-consulting firm that helps businesses, governments, and not-for-profit organizations realize their most important goals. Topics covered in this series include strategy, technology, leadership, marketing, operations, organization, and the role of business in society.

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Sustainability in the consumer sector

We’re launching a new season of The McKinsey Podcast starting this Fall with fresh content. Between now and then, we’re re-broadcasting popular episodes from different McKinsey podcasts. Today, you'll hear about how companies are grappling to make sustainability-focused choices from the McKinsey on Consumer and Retail podcast. Read more > Listen to the podcast (duration: 19:50) >  


23 Sep 2021

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Cyber Resilience

We’re launching a new season of The McKinsey Podcast starting this Fall with fresh content. Between now and then, we’re re-broadcasting popular episodes from different McKinsey podcasts. Like a recent episode from McKinsey on Government where you’ll hear about the imperative of government to build cyber resilience, how the private sector can play a role and the future of the federal cyber workforce. Francis Rose hosts a conversation with Tucker Bailey, partner at McKinsey and Will Hurd, former congressman and former chair of the information and technology subcommittee on the oversight and government reform committee. Read more > Listen to the podcast (duration: 25:40) >  


9 Sep 2021

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How Hamilton stayed alive during the pandemic: An interview with producer Jeffrey Seller

The McKinsey podcast is launching a new season with fresh content this Fall. In the meantime, we’re featuring episodes from our other popular podcasts. Today, it’s the McKinsey Global Institute’s Forward Thinking podcast. Co-host Anna Bernasek is in conversation with Jeffrey Seller, producer of Broadway hits Hamilton, In the Heights, and Rent, about how Broadway and live performances have endured during the past tumultuous year-plus. Hear about: • Shutting down, pivoting, then staging a production in Australia during the pandemic • How digital streaming services like Disney+ and Spotify affected demand for performance tickets • Why he created an affordable ticket lottery to increase access to the magic of live, in-person performances • Why he’s still an optimist, but one who’s focused on resilience This conversation was recorded in May 2021. To read a transcript of this episode, visit: https://mck.co/jeffreyseller Read more > Listen to the podcast (duration: 24:33) >  


26 Aug 2021

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How tech will revolutionize retail

The retailer of the future will harness the power of data, business building, artificial intelligence, and augmented reality, says serial entrepreneur and technology expert John Straw. Read more > Listen to the podcast (duration: 21:45) >  


12 Aug 2021

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How to master the seven-step problem-solving process

Structured problem solving can be used to address almost any complex challenge in business or public policy. Read more > Listen to the podcast (duration: 24:30) >  


29 Jul 2021

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Centered leadership creates connection in turbulent times

Work without passion can lead to listlessness says Joanna Barsh, senior partner emeritus, director emeritus of the Centered Leadership Project, and today's guest. So, practically speaking, how can leaders help their people find passion, when they feel none? What question can you ask yourself to stay engaged at work and in the world? What can leadership do to engender trust during these turbulent times? Tune in for immediately implementable actions that can change your daily perspective for the better. Links to mentions on the episode: https://grief.com/about-david-kessler/ https://joannabarsh.net/books/ Read more > Listen to the podcast (duration: 33:40) >  


15 Jul 2021

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Entrepreneurship beyond Silicon Valley

Optimism is high for flourishing entrepreneurship postpandemic according to McKinsey senior partners Kim Baroudy and Massimo Mazza. It's the acceleration of innovation, investment and tech that encourage their enthusiasm. Hear their take on the trends bolstering Europe and a new generation of startups. Read more > Listen to the podcast (duration: 42:45) >  


1 Jul 2021

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How to future-proof your organization

Uncertainty is certain in this world where the way people work is changing fast. Those with a plan to future-proof their organization will be set up for agile responses to the unexpected. Hear from Chris Gagnon, a McKinsey senior partner, and Elizabeth Mygatt, a McKinsey associate partner, on why org charts inadequately describe how an organization works, why the best companies have a distinct philosophy -- and why hiring the best talent keeps leadership up at night. Read more > Listen to the podcast (duration: 41:47) >  


17 Jun 2021

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The search for purpose at work

Is it tough to define your purpose at work? You’re not alone. Half of the US-employees surveyed in the McKinsey report "Help your employees find purpose or watch them leave" are reconsidering the work they want to do as a result of Covid-19. Hear from two of the authors, Bill Schaninger and Naina Dhingra. They'll share their definition of individual purpose, why purpose benefits the organization as a whole, and two probing questions that will help you articulate what your individual purpose is. The report can be found here: https://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/organization/our-insights/help-your-employees-find-purpose-or-watch-them-leave Read more > Listen to the podcast (duration: 30:28) >  


3 Jun 2021

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How air travel is evolving postpandemic

Hit hard by the the COVID-19 pandemic, what are the early signs of how air travel is adapting? What changes will we see in business and leisure travel? In what kind of sustainability technologies are airlines investing? Filling us in are two McKinsey partners with deep understanding of the issues. Alex Dichter is a senior partner in London who leads McKinsey’s travel practice. Robin Riedel is a partner in McKinsey’s aerospace and defense practice who leads advanced air mobility for the McKinsey Center for Future Mobility out of San Francisco. Read more > Listen to the podcast (duration: 31:12) >  


20 May 2021

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