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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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Net zero: Next moves for CEOs

Net zero doesn’t have to mean zero sum. In this episode of The McKinsey Podcast, McKinsey partner Anna Moore and senior partner Humayun Tai talk to global editorial director Lucia Rahilly about the “devilish duality” leaders have faced since the outbreak of the war in Ukraine—and about how to follow through on longer-term decarbonization commitments while managing short-term energy disruptions successfully. After, hear how investors can use their capital and influence to help reverse the impact of climate change, from Columbia professor Bruce Usher. He spoke with us about his book, Investing in the Era of Climate Change (Columbia University Press, October 2022), as part of our Author Talks series. The McKinsey Podcast is cohosted by Roberta Fusaro and Lucia Rahilly. Theme music composed, performed, and produced by Joy Ngiaw.See www.mckinsey.com/privacy-policy for privacy information

25mins

27 Jan 2023

Rank #1

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New year, new tech, no problem

McKinsey analyzed 14 new trends in its latest report on business technology. Here are the three that leaders need to know about most. In this episode of The McKinsey Podcast, partners Michael Chui and Roger Roberts speak with McKinsey editorial director Roberta Fusaro about McKinsey’s latest report on technology trends, with a particular focus on the benefits and challenges of applied AI, cloud and edge computing, and bioengineering. After, we’ll hear from McKinsey partner Brian Rolfes, who came to McKinsey firmly “in thecloset.” But a chance meeting with a client showed him the value of being authentic—with himself and others. Theme music composed, performed, and produced by Joy Ngiaw.See www.mckinsey.com/privacy-policy for privacy information

30mins

13 Jan 2023

Rank #2

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Why on earth should business care about space?

The volume of information available from space is unprecedented. McKinsey experts Ryan Brukardt and Jesse Klempner join host and McKinsey partner, Mina Alaghband to share the incredible ways in which the space-for-earth economy has evolved and how it needs to scale. This is a guest episode from McKinsey's technology podcast, At the Edge.See www.mckinsey.com/privacy-policy for privacy information

31mins

29 Dec 2022

Rank #3

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The future of US manufacturing is hiding in plain sight

Boring is beautiful when it drives economic prosperity. Cue industrial technology companies, whose under-the-radar successes are powering a resurgence in US manufacturing. Their proven promise is the basis of the new book The Titanium Economy, cowritten by McKinsey’s managing partner for North America, Asutosh Padhi. Asutosh joins partner Kim Borden and global editorial director Lucia Rahilly to discuss this overlooked bright spot in the US economy—and what’s necessary to power the next stage of manufacturing growth. Theme music composed, performed, and produced by Joy Ngiaw. See www.mckinsey.com/privacy-policy for privacy informationSee www.mckinsey.com/privacy-policy for privacy information

14mins

16 Dec 2022

Rank #4

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Electric vehicles are here, and large-scale adoption is. . . near?

While the internal-combustion engine dominates car design, its existence contributes to global warming and detracts from electric-vehicle (EV) development. Things like carbon emissions, the complexity of design, and battery development are slowing down the widespread adoption of electric vehicles. But they don’t have to. Russell Hensley, co-leader of the McKinsey Center for Future Mobility in the Americas, joins McKinsey editorial director Roberta Fusaro to discuss what can be done to encourage manufacturers to produce and consumers to embrace electric cars. After, hear Alan Murray, CEO of Fortune Media, talk about his search for the soul of American business in an excerpt from our Author Talks series featuring his book, Tomorrow’s Capitalist (Hachette Book Group, May 2022). Theme music composed, performed, and produced by Joy Ngiaw.See www.mckinsey.com/privacy-policy for privacy information

28mins

29 Nov 2022

Rank #5

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When things get rocky, practice deliberate calm

In unusually difficult situations, a counterintuitive response to stress is what many leaders should aim for, say Jacqueline Brassey, McKinsey senior knowledge expert and McKinsey senior partner Aaron De Smet as they talk about their new book, Deliberate Calm: How to Learn and Lead in a Volatile World with host and executive editor Roberta Fusaro. Theme music composed, performed, and produced by Joy NgiawSee www.mckinsey.com/privacy-policy for privacy information

13mins

10 Nov 2022

Rank #6

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Build back better relationships at work

Social capital, a technical term for connectivity in the workplace, is important for helping employees execute, learn, innovate, and advance in organizations. Right now, because of the pandemic and the related upheaval in office and staffing norms, it’s in short supply. But there are ways to rebuild it say McKinsey partners John Parsons and Brooke Weddle on this episode of The McKinsey Podcast. Hear their conversation with editorial director Roberta Fusaro about McKinsey’s recent report on the state of social capital and why executives need to manage workplace interactions more intentionally—always, but especially now. After, get to know married couple and McKinsey associate partners Angela and Sebastian Sinisterra-Woods. They talk about their work highlights and how whiteboards aren’t just for conference rooms.  Theme music composed, performed and produced by Joy Ngiaw.See www.mckinsey.com/privacy-policy for privacy information

26mins

20 Oct 2022

Rank #7

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Beyond burnout: What helps–and what doesn’t

Yoga. Therapy. Meditation. Yes, wellness perks are helpful, but they’re not a panacea for workplace stress. In this episode of The McKinsey Podcast, Erica Coe, a McKinsey partner and coleader of the McKinsey Health Institute (MHI), speaks with McKinsey Global Publishing’s Lucia Rahilly about why burnout has hit record levels over the past two years—and what leaders can do to create a path toward lasting change.After, senior partner Tiffany Burns describes one of her rookie moments: talking a client down from sending an email in a state of frustration.Rookie Moments: https://www.mckinsey.com/featured-insights/my-rookie-moment How to lead with Deliberate Calm, a new book, soon-to-publish from McKinsey: https://www.mckinsey.com/featured-insights/mckinsey-on-books/deliberate-calm Theme music written, produced and performed by Joy Ngiaw.See www.mckinsey.com/privacy-policy for privacy information

24mins

6 Oct 2022

Rank #8

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Slow down attrition: Focus on what workers want

Is there any way to stop the Great Attrition? McKinsey expert associate partner, Bonnie Dowling, says yes. In this episode of The McKinsey Podcast, she speaks with executive editor Roberta Fusaro about McKinsey’s latest research on the Great Attrition. This time, the team includes data from multiple countries and outlines five types of worker personalities that, if catered to appropriately, could help fill all those open positions.After, we’ll hear from Catherine Price, author of Power of Fun: How to Feel Alive Again, part of our Author Talks series, who says fun is not a treat, but a tool.Latest research on the Great Attrition/Great Attraction: https://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/people-and-organizational-performance/our-insights/the-great-attrition-is-making-hiring-harder-are-you-searching-the-right-talent-pools Author Talks: https://www.mckinsey.com/featured-insights/mckinsey-on-books/author-talks Theme music written, produced and performed by Joy Ngiaw.See www.mckinsey.com/privacy-policy for privacy information

23mins

22 Sep 2022

Rank #9

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The two-wheeled commute: Micromobility and your future

Scooters. Bikes. E-mopeds. If you’re an urban dweller, you’ve probably seen a variety of these vehicles whizzing by—and you’re likely to see more in the future. In this episode of The McKinsey Podcast, McKinsey partner Kersten Heineke speaks with global editorial director Lucia Rahilly about micromobility: who’s using it, why it’s becoming more popular, and how cities can adapt to a future of tiny transportation.Following their conversation, we hear from NYU associate professor of psychology Tessa West about toxic coworkers. In her book, Jerks at Work: Toxic Coworkers and What to Do About Them (Portfolio, January 2022), featured in a recent edition of our Author Talks series, West describes how to handle jerks at work–and how not to become one yourself.Theme music written, produced and performed by Joy Ngiaw.See www.mckinsey.com/privacy-policy for privacy information

27mins

8 Sep 2022

Rank #10