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Artificial intelligence meets the C-suite

July 13, 2017

Here is a brief excerpt from an interview of the authors of The Second Machine Age, Erik Brynjolfsson,  Andrew McAfee, and Jeremy Howard who examine the impact that “thinking” machines may have on top-management roles for the McKinsey Quarterly, published…

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Leadership and behavior: Mastering the mechanics of reason and emotion

June 5, 2017

  Here is a brief excerpt from an interview of Eric Maskin and Eyal Winter for the McKinsey Quarterly, published by McKinsey & Company. To read the complete article, check out other resources, learn more about the firm, obtain subscription information, and register…

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Going from fragile to agile

February 11, 2016

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. Here is a brief excerpt from their interview conducted for the McKinsey Quarterly,…

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Tracy Wolstencroft, CEO of Heidrick & Struggles, on the changing nature of leadership

June 16, 2015

Here is a brief excerpt from an interview of Tracy Wolstencroft, CEO of the global executive-search firm. He explains the importance of authentic leadership, listening, and getting comfortable with being uncomfortable.To read the complete article, check out other resources (a…

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Prospects for growth: An interview with Robert Solow

November 24, 2014

Here is a brief excerpt from an interview of Robert Solow by Martin Neil Baily and Frank Comes for the McKinsey Quarterly, published by McKinsey & Company. The economist who won a Nobel Prize for advancing our understanding of technology…

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“We should not underestimate the significance of large, enduring firms.” Marcus Wallenberg

October 26, 2014

In separate mini-commentaries, former SEB chairman Marcus Wallenberg and Tata Sons chairman Ratan Tata both argue that creative destruction can be taken too far.  Both mini-commentaries are part of a series celebrating the 50th anniversary of McKinsey Quarterly. Wallenberg shares his…

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“The challenge for leaders is how to keep injecting urgency.” Ratan Tata

October 24, 2014

In separate mini-commentaries, former Tata Sons chairman Ratan Tata and SEB chairman Marcus Wallenberg both argue that creative destruction can be taken too far. Both mini-commentaries are part of a series celebrating the 50th anniversary of the McKinsey Quarterly. Tata…

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Wharton’s Adam Grant on the key to professional success

June 26, 2014

Here is a brief excerpt from a transcript of an interview of Adam Grant by Rik Kirkland for the McKinsey Quarterly in which Grant explains why generosity in the workplace continues to be more effective than selfishness and why it…

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Building the creative economy: An interview with Richard Florida

January 9, 2014

Here is a brief excerpt from an edited version of an interview of Richard Florida by Rik Kikland, senior managing editor of McKinsey Publishing, in which Florida explains how creative companies and the venture capital that drives them are increasingly…

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Leaders everywhere: A conversation with Gary Hamel

May 23, 2013

The management writer and academic explains why he believes companies that empower and train people at all levels to lead can create competitive advantage. The latest M-Prize challenge, cosponsored by Gary Hamel’s Management Innovation eXchange (MIX), Harvard Business Review, and…

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