The McKinsey Podcast

The McKinsey Podcast 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.

The journey to agile
Here’s how organizations can use agile practices to transform their organizations. Read more >    Listen to the podcast (duration: 39:43) >...

Reopening schools
McKinsey partner Jimmy Sarakatsannis discusses how to keep students safe and engaged as they embark on a school year unlike any other. Read more >    Listen to the podcast (duration: 28:08) >...

LGBTQ+ at work
McKinsey’s Diana Ellsworth and Maital Guttman discuss new research on LGBTQ+ challenges at work—and how to address them. Read more >    Listen to the podcast (duration: 38:22) >...


Building a business within a business
Business building is vital to a company’s longevity. To do it successfully, an organization needs the strengths of an incumbent and the agility of a start-up. Read more >    Listen to the podcast (duration: 35:31) >...

Meet Generation Z
The newest consumer generations—Gen Z and the millennials—are challenging traditional retail models. Read more >    Listen to the podcast (duration: 32:08) >...


The state of fashion
Players in the fashion industry remain less than optimistic about the runway ahead. But those that align with the dominant trends – namely, sustainability, digitization, and innovation – are most likely to prevail. Read more >    Listen to the podcast (duration: 29:03) >...

The state of fashion
Players in the fashion industry remain less than optimistic about the runway ahead. But those that align with the dominant trends – namely, sustainability, digitization, and innovation – are most likely to prevail. Read more >    Listen to the podcast (duration: 29:03) >...


Getting the measure of corporate Asia
Over the last decade, Asia received half of all new investment in the global economy. Despite pockets of excellence, Asian companies have struggled to deliver strong returns on this influx of capital. Read more >    Listen to the podcast (duration: 22:09) >...

The future of air travel
Airlines and passengers alike are flying into a world of flygskam and flying taxis. Read more >    Listen to the podcast (duration: 33:39) >...


Where next for business in the Middle East?
The competitive landscape is shifting across the region as consumer tastes change, new digital champions emerge, and governments deregulate. Read more >    Listen to the podcast (duration: 31:52) >...

The future of Asia
Asia will account for more than half the global economy by 2040. What opportunities and risks lie ahead as ‘the Asian century’ unfolds? Read more >    Listen to the podcast (duration: 28:02) >...


What you need to know about women at work
Around the world, women participate in paid employment at lower rates and wages than men, and are less likely to be promoted. They also tend to work in different sectors. The implications are everyone’s business. Read more >    Listen to the podcast (duration: 28:14) >...

What you need to know about women at work
Around the world, women participate in paid employment at lower rates and wages than men, and are less likely to be promoted. They also tend to work in different sectors. The implications are everyone’s business. Read more >    Listen to the podcast (duration: 28:14) >...



Matching talent to value
The roles that create the most value in your organization may not be at the top. Getting the right people in these critical seats can turbocharge performance. Read more >    Listen to the podcast (duration: 25:09) >...

How talent management can create value
In this episode of the McKinsey podcast, we look at the value of talent management and how businesses can fill critical roles to drive results. Read more >    Listen to the podcast (duration: 25:09) >...


Globalization’s next chapter
Globalization isn’t in retreat, but it has morphed into a very different phenomenon, increasingly powered by trade in services and by intraregional trade. Read more >    Listen to the podcast (duration: 26:16) >...


Getting beyond gridlock in cities
With more than half the world’s population living in cities, congestion and pollution are worsening. Technology may hold the solution—but only if city governments and companies collaborate. Read more >    Listen to the podcast (duration: 29:06) >...

Technology & Traffic Congestion Solutions
In this episode of the McKinsey Podcast, we look at how many cities are using new technology to develop innovative traffic congestion solutions. Read more >    Listen to the podcast (duration: 29:06) >...

Why you should apply analytics to your people strategy
Bringing advanced computing power and analytics capabilities to bear on people decisions in an organization is crucial to driving lasting and effective change. Read more >    Listen to the podcast (duration: 36:24) >...


How to make your company more recession-proof
As talk of an impending economic downturn takes hold in the business world, executives can take thoughtful steps to help their companies better weather the storm. Read more >    Listen to the podcast (duration: 18:18) >...

Preparing for and managing through a downturn
As talk of an impending economic downturn takes hold in the business world, executives can take thoughtful steps to help their companies better weather the storm. Read more >    Listen to the podcast (duration: 18:18) >...

The future of manufacturing
A small number of factories worldwide have successfully combined automation, artificial intelligence, and the Internet of Things to achieve game-changing productivity gains. How did they do it, and what can we learn? Read more >    Listen to the podcast (duration: 28:00) >...


The future of advanced manufacturing
In this episode of the McKinsey Podcast, we look at how advanced manufacturing technology, such as AI and automation, is reshaping our factories. Read more >    Listen to the podcast (duration: 28:00) >...

What makes an organization ‘healthy’?
Research shows that companies can improve short- and long-term performance by focusing on a small number of carefully selected management practices. Read more >    Listen to the podcast (duration: 26:59) >...

Leadership beyond the C-suite
Developing leaders at scale starts with a clear perspective on the leadership skills needed to execute strategy across the organization. Read more >    Listen to the podcast (duration: 30:57) >...


What is Leadership: Moving Beyond C-Suite
In this episode of the McKinsey Podcast we answer the age old question: what is leadership? And how can companies help leaders to grow across the organization. Read more >    Listen to the podcast (duration: 30:57) >...

Who wins in a 5G world?
Next-generation mobile networks promise lower latency and higher speeds. Whether telcos can capture the value is less clear. Read more >    Listen to the podcast (duration: 34:13) >...

5G Winners and Losers
In this episode of the McKinsey Podcast, we discuss the biggest 5G winners and losers as this emerging technology takes shape. Read more >    Listen to the podcast (duration: 34:13) >...


The ethics of artificial intelligence
Executives and companies can enjoy the benefits of artificial intelligence while also being aware of potential drawbacks and taking careful steps to mitigate their effects. Read more >    Listen to the podcast (duration: 37:06) >...

AI Ethics in today's world
In this episode of the McKinsey Podcast, we discuss the new field of AI ethics and how companies and governments can ethically deploy artificial intelligence. Read more >    Listen to the podcast (duration: 37:06) >...


Tapping into the business value of design
Design, whether it’s of products or experiences, is not only about aesthetics but also about specific actions taken to boost revenues and customer engagement. Read more >    Listen to the podcast (duration: 21:01) >...

How to win in Africa
The right strategy can unlock strong, profitable growth, explain the authors of Africa’s Business Revolution. Read more >    Listen to the podcast (duration: 31:42) >...

In pursuit of prosperity
Why do some emerging economies grow rapidly while others languish? New research highlights the role of public policy, effective government, and globally competitive companies. Read more >    Listen to the podcast (duration: 27:58) >...


Start Up & Scale Up With Box CEO Aaron Levie
In this episode of the McKinsey Podcast, we sit down with Box CEO Aaron Levie and discuss the how to successfully start up and scale up a technology company. Read more >    Listen to the podcast (duration: 33:01) >...



Zero-based budgeting revisited: Why this time is different
This budgeting concept allows senior-leadership teams to put their money where their strategy is, aligning resources with business priorities and setting the example from the top. Read more >    Listen to the podcast (duration: 26:39) >...

Data privacy: What every manager needs to know
As companies begin to follow the principles of GDPR, the European Union directive on data protection, they must better understand what personal information really is and how to properly manage it. Read more >    Listen to the podcast (duration: 25:20) >...

How to implement and sustain organizational change
The fundamentals of change implementation are crucial for not only top-level executives but also frontline managers who are involved in the day-to-day work. Read more >    Listen to the podcast (duration: 24:26) >...


Leading for the long term
Successful CEOs combine winning strategies with compelling stories and constructive engagement with shareholders. Read more >    Listen to the podcast (duration: 33:16) >...

Putting talent at the top of the CEO agenda
Executives serious about delivering value need to spend more time identifying their organizations’ top performers and most critical roles. Read more >    Listen to the podcast (duration: 26:58) >...


Microsoft’s next act
CEO Satya Nadella talks about innovation, disruption, and organizational change. Read more >    Listen to the podcast (duration: 22:53) >...



What is the future of work?
New technology has the potential to drastically change work. How can we prepare today for the shifts that are coming tomorrow? Read more >    Listen to the podcast (duration: 22:47) >...




How a digital factory can transform company culture
Companies are beginning to use digital factories as incubators of more agile ways of working, often filtering the best attributes of the factory culture back to the larger organization. Read more >    Listen to the podcast (duration: 21:43) >...

Financial globalization hits a more stable, inclusive stride
After the global financial crisis, a number of countries stepped back from the world stage, choosing to instead focus on domestic capital while being more selective about foreign investments. Read more >    Listen to the podcast (duration: 15:57) >...

Why investors are flooding private markets
As investors and asset managers shift away from weakened public markets, private markets are seeing immense growth, which, in turn, is changing the very definition of "performance." Read more >    Listen to the podcast (duration: 21:21) >...


Pinpointing the global forces that drive progress
Companies that pay close attention to the trends and shifts affecting growth and productivity can help create a new societal deal of prosperity. Read more >    Listen to the podcast (duration: 26:16) >...

Creating value through sustainable design
Companies can promote sustainability by following good design practices to provide innovative and aesthetically pleasing solutions for customers and users. Read more >    Listen to the podcast (duration: 15:30) >...

Learning from leaders in cloud infrastructure adoption
A crucial benefit of cloud adoption is a decrease in time to market for new applications, which in turn can drive down costs and quickly improve product quality. Read more >    Listen to the podcast (duration: 20:14) >...


Finding a strategic cybersecurity model
Protecting critical and sensitive information is of paramount importance in business and government, but plans must be in place to handle inevitable breaches too. Read more >    Listen to the podcast (duration: 25:07) >...

The future of grocery—in store and online
As so much of everyday life moves to the Internet, including grocery shopping, grocers must find profitable ways to revive the in-store experience while enhancing online options. Read more >    Listen to the podcast (duration: 19:06) >...

Mining for growth
Mining companies are heading to the ends of the earth to meet demand. Read more >    Listen to the podcast (duration: 20:39) >...


Pathways and obstacles to a low-carbon economy
The energy transition is happening. But the pace of change depends on a range of technical, business, and societal factors Read more >    Listen to the podcast (duration: 23:51) >...


Staying ahead on cyber security
Even companies making progress must keep moving to protect their digital assets. Read more >    Listen to the podcast (duration: 23:17) >...

How to win in the age of analytics
There’s greater potential in big data. What’s ahead as the field matures? Read more >    Listen to the podcast (duration: 30:00) >...

What’s stalling progress for women at work?
Corporate America’s gender-diversity programs are falling short. Companies need to think differently to ignite change. Read more >    Listen to the podcast (duration: 21:25) >...


Getting to know urban elderly consumers
Older customers will drive growth in developed markets. But few companies truly understand this segment—and its nuances. Read more >    Listen to the podcast (duration: 23:04) >...

Reorganization rules that work
Companies should view reorganization as a routine practice essential to remain competitive and keep pace with technological change and disruption. Read more >    Listen to the podcast (duration: 24:08) >...

How IT can drive agile development
A simple idea: update your operating model to be able to build small, self-contained teams that create change quickly and efficiently. Read more >    Listen to the podcast (duration: 20:26) >...


Why the circular economy is all about retaining value
By reassessing where waste is most prevalent in their value chains, companies can learn to close those loops to get more from the resources and materials they use. Read more >    Listen to the podcast (duration: 21:16) >...

Digital innovation in Asia: What the world can learn
Companies in the region are transforming their digital operations to great effect and building some of the world’s most successful tech giants. Read more >    Listen to the podcast (duration: 28:19) >...

India’s economy: Why the time for growth is now
The driving forces of the country’s growth—including urbanization, a rising middle class, and increasing consumer spending—are ripe for companies to seize upon. Read more >    Listen to the podcast (duration: 30:21) >...


Let’s talk about sales growth
High-growth companies have differentiated themselves in sales through analytics, big data, and a focus on the changing technology landscape. Read more >    Listen to the podcast (duration: 27:01) >...

Meeting China’s productivity challenge
The country’s investment model for growth is losing steam. Shifting to a productivity-led model, it could add more than $5 trillion to its economy--if China can make the transition. Read more >    Listen to the podcast (duration: 22:20) >...


How advanced analytics can drive productivity
Companies have more data at their disposal than ever before, but are they doing enough with it? Taking full advantage requires tackling legal, regulatory, and talent challenges. Read more >    Listen to the podcast (duration: 21:31) >...

CEO transitions: The science of success
New CEOs are faced with a bewildering array of choices, so it’s crucial for them to take a data-driven look at potentially major moves—and to know when to make them. Read more >    Listen to the podcast (duration: 20:00) >...

Income inequality: Why so many households are not advancing
Incomes from wages and capital were flat or fell for two-thirds of households in 25 advanced economies between 2005 and 2014—an explosive increase from less than 2 percent in the previous decade. Read more >    Listen to the podcast (duration: 25:49) >...


Anatomy of a unicorn: Why tech start-ups are staying private
Up-and-coming technology companies are no longer racing to list their shares on public markets. A massive increase in late-stage venture capital has enabled many start-ups to reach valuations of more than $1 billion while remaining in private hands. Read more >    Listen to the podcast (duration: 24:09) >...

How incumbents become digital disruptors
Established companies are often late to spot mortal threats to their business model. Here’s how they should respond when industry disruption strikes. Read more >    Listen to the podcast (duration: 21:28) >...


Making government for the people
Budget constraints and the rapid pace of technological change means governments must not only deliver services more effectively and efficiently, but truly prioritize citizens’ needs. Read more >    Listen to the podcast (duration: 22:35) >...

Becoming a better business technologist
There's no silver bullet, but success requires being able to identify technologies, understand their implications, and deploy them in an effective, structured way in your organization. Read more >    Listen to the podcast (duration: 20:09) >...

Why the customer experience matters
Truly understanding customer needs may not only help companies not only improve the buying experience, but also their bottom line. Read more >    Listen to the podcast (duration: 29:15) >...


What’s driving the Chinese consumer
Confidence keeps rising among the country’s consumers, despite economic headwinds—but just what they are buying (and where and how) is evolving rapidly. Companies should pay attention. Read more >    Listen to the podcast (duration: 20:07) >...

Digital strategy: Understanding the economics of disruption
Adapting your business amid increasing digital disruption isn’t about creating a list of digitization priorities but instead figuring how you are vulnerable to attack and where you can create value. Read more >    Listen to the podcast (duration: 25:19) >...

Exploding digital flows in a deeply connected world
While global trade in goods remains flat, the cross-border flows of data are growing rapidly in an increasingly interconnected world, stimulating global efficiency and productivity. Read more >    Listen to the podcast (duration: 21:45) >...


The power of design-thinking
Infusing your organization with a design-driven culture that puts the customer first may not only provide real, measurable results, but also a distinct competitive advantage. Read more >    Listen to the podcast (duration: 22:51) >...

The art and science of well-being at work
Leaders of high-intensity, high-performing organizations are beginning to recognize the important effects of mindfulness, exercise, and sleep on the body—and the brain. Read more >    Listen to the podcast (duration: 25:38) >...

Achieving a digital state of mind
Digital isn't merely an add-on. It's a way to think differently about business models, customer journeys, and organizational agility. Read more >    Listen to the podcast (duration: 26:29) >...


A hands-on approach to youth unemployment
The key to combating high youth unemployment globally is forging stronger connections among employers, education providers, and youth themselves to build skills that lead to entry-level jobs in growth sectors, say McKinsey’s Mona Mourshed and Maria Novales-Flamarique. Read more >    Listen to the podcast (duration: 25:14) >...

How companies become digital leaders
The global digital transformation has only just begun. In this episode of the McKinsey Podcast, McKinsey’s Paul Willmott and Jay Scanlan discuss how senior executives can raise the Digital Quotient of their companies. Read more >    Listen to the podcast (duration: 21:06) >...

Going from fragile to agile
Why do companies need to be more nimble? McKinsey’s Aaron De Smet and Chris Gagnon explain what’s driving organizational agility, why it matters, and what to do. Read more >    Listen to the podcast (duration: 30:31) >...


Resisting managing for the short term
Tim Koller and Marc Goedhart, two of the coauthors of Valuation, McKinsey’s handbook on corporate valuation (now in its sixth edition), explain why focusing on current shareholders isn’t really a requirement of good business. Read more >    Listen to the podcast (duration: 32:24) >...

Protecting against cyberattackers
McKinsey principal James Kaplan reveals how senior leaders can better protect sensitive corporate and consumer information. Read more >    Listen to the podcast (duration: 12:39) >...

The gender-equality imperative
McKinsey Global Institute director Jonathan Woetzel and MGI senior fellow Anu Madgavkar discuss the economic and ethical reasons why gender equality is a worthy goal. Read more >    Listen to the podcast (duration: 27:27) >...


The future of energy
McKinsey director Scott Nyquist offers his outlook on oil, shale gas, and the odds that renewable energy and electric cars will take off soon. Read more >    Listen to the podcast (duration: 19:24) >...

The essentials of innovation
Why are some big companies simply better innovators? The leaders of McKinsey’s Innovation Practice, Nathan Marston and Erik Roth, explain the critical factors. Read more >    Listen to the podcast (duration: 24:36) >...