Future of Organizations & Work

A changing world demands new approaches to leadership, talent management, and organization.
Executive Briefing - McKinsey Global Institute

AI, automation, and the future of work: Ten things to solve for

– As machines increasingly complement human labor in the workplace, we will all need to adjust to reap the benefits.
Podcast - McKinsey Global Institute

How can business leaders make the new world of work better for people?

– John Donahoe of ServiceNow and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn speak about how businesses can play a role in improving work for people... in the age of automation and artificial intelligence.
Discussion Paper - McKinsey Global Institute

Skill shift: Automation and the future of the workforce

– Demand for technological, social and emotional, and higher cognitive skills will rise by 2030. How will workers and organizations... adapt?
Article - McKinsey Global Institute

Retraining and reskilling workers in the age of automation

– Executives increasingly see investing in retraining and “upskilling” existing workers as an urgent business priority... that companies, not governments, must lead on.
Report - McKinsey Global Institute

Jobs lost, jobs gained: What the future of work will mean for jobs, skills, and wages

– In an era marked by rapid advances in automation and artificial intelligence, new research assesses the jobs lost and jobs gained... under different scenarios through 2030.

From the McKinsey Global Institute

Video

Is globalization in retreat? Three global CEOs share their insights

– Faced with a backlash against globalization, executives share how they are responding to the new dynamics of international trade... to maintain competitiveness.
Video - McKinsey Global Institute

Retraining and reskilling to ease the strain of automation

– Economist Michael Spence talks about the role the public and private sectors need to play in helping people prepare for changes... in the workforce.
Video - McKinsey Global Institute

How artificial intelligence and data add value to businesses

– Artificial intelligence will transform many companies and create completely new types of businesses. The cofounder of Coursera,... AI Fund, and Landing.AI shares how businesses can benefit.
Video - McKinsey Global Institute

The digital future of work: What will automation change?

– Rapid advances in robotics and artificial intelligence are making inroads in the workplace, with machines carrying out physical... and cognitive activities. What will this mean for employment?

Diversity and Inclusion

Report

Women in the Workplace 2017

– More companies are committing to gender equality. But progress will remain slow unless we confront blind spots on diversity—particularly... regarding women of color, and employee perceptions of the status quo.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

Still looking for room at the top: Ten years of research on women in the workplace

– What we know—and what everyone needs to know—about the quest for equality.
Report

Delivering through diversity

– Our latest research reinforces the link between diversity and company financial performance—and suggests how organizations can... craft better inclusion strategies for a competitive edge.
Report - McKinsey Global Institute

Realizing gender equality’s $12 trillion economic opportunity

– Investing in access to essential services and reducing the gap in labor-force participation rates could significantly expand the... global economy by 2025.

Organizing for the future

Article

Reorganizing to capture maximum value quickly

– Companies need an organizational design that’s stable yet can respond quickly to threats and opportunities. Here’s... how to build one.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

Organizing for the age of urgency

– To compete at the speed of digital, you need to unleash your strategy, your structure, and your people.
Podcast

What every leader needs to know about organizational management

– Leaders of organizations should beware chasing the next shiny object and instead focus on practical, time-tested topics that have... proved to bring success.
Podcast

Setting an agenda for organic growth in the digital age

– Business leaders can focus on three mind-sets to drive growth in their companies and sustain that growth for the long term.

Leadership

Article - McKinsey Quarterly

Leading with inner agility

– Disruptive times call for transformational leaders with a knack for addressing complex problems. To navigate effectively, we must learn to let go—and become more complex ourselves.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

Organizational health: A fast track to performance improvement

– Working on health works. It’s good for your people and for your bottom line.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

Why effective leaders must manage up, down, and sideways

– Strong team leadership isn’t enough. New research shows the importance—for business impact and career success—of also mobilizing... your boss and colleagues.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

How small shifts in leadership can transform your team dynamic

– Simple tweaks in communication and role-modeling based on the latest behavioral research can nudge employees into top form and... create a more productive environment for everyone.

Talent

Article - McKinsey Quarterly

Linking talent to value

– Getting the best people into the most important roles does not happen by chance; it requires a disciplined look at where the organization... really creates value and how top talent contributes.
Book Excerpt - McKinsey Quarterly

An agenda for the talent-first CEO

– In tumultuous times, a company’s talent is its most valuable and reliable asset. What does it take to lead an organization... that truly unleashes its human capital?
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

The fairness factor in performance management

– Many systems are under stress because employees harbor doubts that the core elements are equitable. A few practical steps can... change that.
Survey

Harnessing the power of performance management

– Done well, three key practices of effective performance management can unlock positive outcomes for employees and the business,... a new survey finds.

ORGANIZATIONAL AGILITY

Interview

The journey to an agile organization at Zalando

– Europe’s leading online fashion platform embraced purpose, autonomy, and mastery to build agility, explains VP Engineering... Eric Bowman.
Article

How to mess up your agile transformation in seven easy (mis)steps

– The journey to become agile is challenging. But your organization can avoid some common pitfalls that we have seen companies encounter,... including failing to create buy-in around an aspiration and forgetting to put culture first.
Report

The five trademarks of agile organizations

– Agile organizations—of any size and across industries—have five key elements in common.
Survey

How to create an agile organization

– Transforming companies to achieve organizational agility is in its early days but already yielding positive returns. While the... paths can vary, survey findings suggest how to start.