Sunday, May 3, 2020

Offbeat Blog: McKinsey & Co Bonanza of COVID Business Strategy Articles

One of the news feeds I track is McKinsey & Company, the global consulting firm. 

Sunday's view provided thirteen articles. 


Talk about pivoting your focus to where the market will be and tailoring your collateral to customers' interests.  (I might also guess they have some off-client staff in surplus and used the past two weeks to produce a cornucopia of thought capital for the next ramp-up in the consulting sales cycle.)

I've clipped the bevy of titles and links here.  But the point is more the "pivot" and marketing vision, than any one particular article. 

Update: McKinsey also managed a WSJ article on May 11 - here

How to demonstrate calm and optimism in a crisis

Six practices can help leaders build their self-awareness and guide their organizations through the challenges ahead.
From surviving to thriving: Reimagining the post-COVID-19 return

For many, the toughest leadership test is now looming: how to bring a business back in an environment where a vaccine has yet to be found and economies are still reeling.
General James Mattis on leading in a crisis and thriving in the next normal

The former US defense secretary shares lessons on how to emerge from the pandemic and prepare for what comes next, in a conversation with McKinsey global managing partner Kevin Sneader.


How North American claims organizations can respond to the coronavirus

Claims leaders have to take action to manage uncertainty and prepare for the future—here is where to start.
The PE company CFO: Essentials for success

Private equity portfolio companies are crucibles for CFOs. Here are four essential priorities to get started on the right foot.
Tuning in, turning outward: Cultivating compassionate leadership in a crisis

Four qualities—awareness, vulnerability, empathy, and compassion—are critical for business leaders to care for people in crisis and set the stage for business recovery.
Major challenges remain in COVID-19 testing

There remain challenges and risk in considering “widespread testing” as the sole criterion for returning to work and activities.
Beyond coronavirus: The road ahead for the automotive aftermarket

Traffic will return to the roads when the coronavirus pandemic abates, but the automotive aftermarket will be fundamentally changed.
The SG&A imperative in times of crisis

A crisis presents unique challenges in making wise spending decisions. Zero-based principles can help leaders move SG&A investments where they should be—rather than where they have always been.
Best practices for an unusual US admissions cycle amid coronavirus

COVID-19 and changes to the NACAC code of ethics have created new challenges and uncertainties for institutions seeking to enroll students for fall 2020. Applying best practices can help universities even beyond May 1.
The B2B digital inflection point: How sales have changed during COVID-19

COVID-19 is changing how B2B buyers and sellers interact. Savvy sales leaders are learning how to adapt to the next normal.
The power of through-cycle M&A

How companies can use deal making to accelerate strategic shifts during the COVID-19 crisis.
How can the economies of emerging Asia respond to COVID-19?

The region’s informal, cash-based economies and the unique vulnerabilities of their populations make resolute action more essential now than ever.


Here's another one, on "rapid recovery" from a marketing perspective - here.

Here's one more from slightly earlier, not on the list above, with interesting graphics -

How to Restart National Economies During the Coronavirus Crisis - April, here.

If there's not a 2x2 or 3x3 grid, it might not really be "consulting."   There's a 3x3 grid:

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For a humor take on graphics used in consulting and business projections, here. 

See a McKinsey two part article "How to Restart National Economies", April 6, May 11:

May 11:
Performance Management Under COVID:

May 13:
Uncertainty and Unlocking the Economy

May 14:
What war does and doesn't teach us about COVID

May 14:
What Digital lends to the 90 day COVID recovery plan

May 15:  Reimagining the Post Pandemic Organization

May 15: The New Norma; Start, Stop , Accelerate

May 18: Lessons from Generals: Decisive Amongst Chaos

May 19: CEO of Thermo Fisher re Pandemic

May 27: Pharma View

May 27: Learning from Pandemic Crisis

June 1:  $250B of Virtual Health Spending
   ACP and others lobby for permanent expansion of COVID telehealth benefits.

Similarly: Brookings Institute on Telehealth post COVID

June 4:  Ezekiel Emanuel and Reopening

June 4:  CFOs and COVID Leadership