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  • 20 minutes 26 seconds
    Taking the Risk Out of Fair-Chance Hiring

    One in every three US adults has a criminal record that follows them like a lead weight as they look for work. Lina Bankert, managing director and partner in BCG’s Chicago office, and Kathleen St. Louis Caliento, president and CEO of Cara Collective, explain that formerly incarcerated people can be model employees. Hiring always involves risk. By partnering with government agencies and nonprofit organizations, companies can set up fair-chance hires for success in the workplace. Many of them, for example, also need help with housing and transportation that agencies can provide.


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    Lina Bankert: 

    Kathleen St. Louis Caliento: Kathleen St. Louis Caliento - Cara Collective 

    Three Roads to Equitable and Inclusive Talent Development: 

    Cara Collective: Home - Cara Collective 

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    3 July 2024, 2:00 am
  • 19 minutes 30 seconds
    The Electric Vehicle Revolution Isn’t Dead—It’s Just Recharging

    Brian Collie, BCG’s global leader for the automotive and mobility sector, explains that price and range anxiety remain as barriers to adoption of electric vehicles. Even so, recent BCG research in the US found that nearly 40% of surveyed consumers are considering a switch to electric for their next vehicle. To tap into that demand, manufacturers need to lower their cost structure—they currently lose $6,000-$30,000 per car—and work with partners. 



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    Automotive Industry: 

    Can OEMs Catch the Next Wave of EV Adopters?: 

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    19 June 2024, 2:00 am
  • 19 minutes 56 seconds
    Breaking the Bank

    Banks and other financial systems are the lifeblood of the economy. But most of them trade at less than book value, constrained by regulation, the growth of private credit, and tech startups. Kilian Berz, global vice chair of BCG’s financial institutions practice, explains how traditional banks can regain their footing through leadership and transformation.

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    Kilian Berz: 

    Financial Institutions: 

    To Seize a $7 Trillion Opportunity, Banks Need Bolder Strategies for Serving Customers and Society: 


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    5 June 2024, 2:00 am
  • 18 minutes 37 seconds
    Climate Change Is Complex. AI Models Can Crack the Code.

    Current economic models are not up to the challenge of capturing the real-world complexities of climate change. But better models are on the horizon. Sophia Davies, BCG’s lead for climate tech partnerships, explains how AI can supercharge these models to predict how public policies will motivate the private sector. Early returns suggest we may be vastly underestimating the effect of policy on climate change.  



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    Climate and Sustainability: 


    “Deep Design” Could Take On the World’s Big Systemic Challenges: 

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    22 May 2024, 2:00 am
  • 20 minutes 43 seconds
    Catastrophic Cyber Risk and Crown Jewels

    If cybercrime were a country, it would be the third largest economy in the world. Paul O’Rourke, BCG’s global cybersecurity leader, explains how organizations can protect themselves and their supply chains: Start by recognizing that the elimination of all risks is impossible. Instead focus security efforts on an organization’s “crown jewels”—its most critical digital assets. Leaders don’t need to be cyber experts. But regulators may hold them responsible for some breaches, so they better understand and address the risks.

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    Paul O’Rourke:

    Cybersecurity and Digital Risk:

    Every C-Suite Member Is Now a Chief AI Officer:

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    8 May 2024, 2:00 am
  • 20 minutes 26 seconds
    Why CEOs Should Embrace Generous Leadership

    Joe Davis, BCG’s former regional chair for North America, says you can make tough decisions without being a “tough guy.” In the executive suite, empathy and authenticity are in, according to Davis, the author of the new business book, The Generous Leader.  Even as tech skills dominate the headlines, Davis celebrates the enduring value of mastering people skills. 

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    The Generous Leader: A Leadership Book by Joe Davis | The Generous Leader 

    Joe Davis: 

    Do Not Stop Asking Questions and Listening Carefully to the Answers:  

    Turning Superheroes into a Super Leadership Team: 

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    24 April 2024, 2:00 am
  • 22 minutes 5 seconds
    ESG Will Outlive Its Critics

    Responsible investing goes back decades or even longer if pronouncements in the Old Testament and Qur’an are considered. Environment, social, and governance goals have become embedded in corporate strategy, even if the acronym ESG has become polarizing. Tim Mohin, director of climate and sustainability at BCG, discusses this evolution and what the next iteration might look like. One thing is clear: these goals aren’t going away even if companies stop talking about them.  



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    Tim Mohin: 

    Climate Change and Sustainability: 

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    10 April 2024, 2:00 am
  • 21 minutes 46 seconds
    Imagining a New World Order

    The original BRIC acronym came to life in 2001 to describe the untapped economic potential of Brazil, Russia, India, and China. This informal grouping of nations has since coalesced into a rising economic force, especially since the entry of South Africa in 2010 and Egypt, Ethiopia, Iran, and the United Arab Emirates at the start of this year. Daniel Azevedo—leader of BCG’s global advantage practice in Europe, the Middle East, South America, and Africa —explains how global companies can navigate a world in which economic power is heading south. 


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    Daniel Azevedo: 

    Jobs, National Security, and the Future of Trade: 

    These 9 Forces Are Reshaping the Global Business Landscape: 

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    27 March 2024, 2:00 am
  • 26 minutes 58 seconds
    BCG PRESENTS: Imagine This...: A Bot in the C-Suite?

    What would you have done differently if you had anticipated the likelihood of a global pandemic or the explosion of generative AI? In BCG’s newest podcast Imagine This..., BCG’s editor in chief Paul Michelman, and his AI co-host GENE delve into disruptive scenarios that could define the coming decades. BCG experts join the conversation, probing the possibilities and implications for leaders. Human and machine work together to explore the very real actions CEOs could take today to prepare.  


    By 2030, the best CIO might be a CIB: a chief intelligence bot. And the human CEO might be bolstered by a swarm of CEO bots, able to harness a vast diversity of perspectives. Can you imagine? In this episode, BCG’s Mickey McManus envisions a future where top leaders share the corner office with AI—blending the logical with human intuition. Mickey, a BCG senior advisor and a pioneer in human-centered design, considers how a company like this would function. Hint: he recommends an approach much like jazz improvisation. 



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    You’ll find more of what BCG has to say about generative AI here: 


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    Also, in this episode, Mickey recommends an entirely new reading list for the C-suite, including:  

    Iain M. Banks’s Culture series: 

    Joy Buolamwini’s Unmasking AI [

    Safiya Umoja Noble’s Algorithms of Oppression [

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    13 March 2024, 2:00 am
  • 22 minutes 28 seconds
    Gender Equality in Africa Has Been Set Back a Generation

    From 2010 to 2016, Africa was closing the gender gap faster than any region in the world. Challenges such as plunging commodity prices and the pandemic have set that progress back a generation. BCG’s Zineb Sqalli and Phillipa Osakwe-Okoye explain that domestic violence as well as unsafe public places are barriers in southern Africa. Traditional roles of women in families stand in the way of progress everywhere. Both public and private sectors must change the narrative to create inclusive work environments. Besides being the right thing to do, gender equity could boost Africa’s GDP by $300 billion a year. 

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    Reframing the Narrative on Women’s Roles in African Societies: 

    Zineb Sqalli: 

    Phillipa Osakwe-Okoye: 

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    28 February 2024, 2:00 am
  • 19 minutes 34 seconds
    Cost Efficiency in Uncertain Times

    For many business leaders, cost efficiency took a backseat to the polycrisis caused by the pandemic, supply chain disruptions, and employee attrition. But today, earnings pressures and economic uncertainty place cost solidly front and center at most companies. Paul Goydan, global leader of BCG’s Accelerated Cost Advantage program, arms these leaders with insights and approaches, exploring everything from how AI can uncover waste to finding promising places to reinvest the savings.  

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    Cost Management: 

    What Leaders Are Saying About Costs and Growth in 2024: 

    Imagine This...: 

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    14 February 2024, 2:00 am
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