Forbes

COVID-19 Reconfirms That Women Make Great Leaders

In his guest column for Forbes, BCG’s Grant Freeland praises the women who have lead their countries and companies through the pandemic. In a discussion with BCG’s Matt Krentz, he cites a BCG report which says that companies are too focused on diversifying their board rooms and not focused enough on their executive suite. Noting that after the 2008 crisis, it took until 2020 for women and people of color to regain the same level of leadership, Freeland writes, “let’s not have a repeat.”

HBR.org

3 Ways to Put Your Corporate Purpose into Action

In his coauthored article for hbr.org, BCG’s Robert Eccles discusses ways companies can put their purposes into action. He says that before corporations can act, they must be clear on what their purpose is and decide how they will be held accountable for meeting that purpose. Eccles writes that in order to make a company’s commitment to purpose enforceable, “powerful players that dominate American corporate governance will come together to make it happen.”

The Edge Markets

Preparing Malaysia for a Post-COVID-19 World

In his guest column for The Edge Markets, BCG’s Vincent Chin explains how the government can create an adaptive and resilient strategy for reopening the country. He explains that the government can help citizens adjust to the new reality by focusing on engineering a sustainable economic rebound. Chin emphasizes that now is the time “to begin the hard but essential work of rebuilding our societies and economies for the bright postpandemic days ahead.”

The Washington Post

BCG CEO Rich Lesser: The Concerns on Every CEO’s Mind

In an interview with The Washington Post, BCG CEO Rich Lesser discusses executives’ hesitation to restart the economy. As some states ease lockdown restrictions, CEOs are cautious of reopening too quickly, which could lead to a “W” trajectory. He explains that not only would this trajectory further damage the economy, but it could also harm society and consumer confidence. Lesser emphasizes that while CEOs are worried about the economy, their first concern is “how to keep people safe.”

The Washington Post

BCG CEO Rich Lesser: The Concerns on Every CEO’s Mind

In an interview with The Washington Post, BCG CEO Rich Lesser discusses executives’ hesitation to restart the economy. As some states ease lockdown restrictions, CEOs are cautious of reopening too quickly, which could lead to a “W” trajectory. He explains that not only would this trajectory further damage the economy, but it could also harm society and consumer confidence. Lesser emphasizes that while CEOs are worried about the economy, their first concern is “how to keep people safe.”

Business Insider

Prepare These Moves to Outperform the Market Once the Coronavirus Pandemic Comes to an End

In his guest column for Business Insider, BCG’s Michael Ringel discusses how businesses can succeed in the wake of the coronavirus. Reflecting on BCG’s “2007 Most Innovative Companies” report, Ringel praises those who heavily invested in innovation and thrived after the 2008 financial crisis. He tells leaders that “if there was ever a moment to reconsider the status quo, this is it.”

HBR.org

The US Is Not Headed toward a New Great Depression

In their article for hbr.org, BCG’s Philipp Carlsson-Szlezak, Martin Reeves, and Paul Swartz analyze whether coronavirus will push the US into a severe economic crisis—or worse, a structural regime break. They explain the four paths to a structural regime break and why the US is unlikely to follow this trajectory. The authors outline a few principles of intellectual discipline to help leaders avoid analytical errors when developing plans for the postpandemic reality.

Vogue Business

Sustainability and Digital Will Drive Advantage Post-coronavirus

In two interviews with Vogue Business, BCG’s Sarah Willersdorf discusses the impact of coronavirus on the luxury industry. She explains that the pandemic has encouraged brands to focus on building their e-commerce offerings and to recognize the demand for sustainable alternatives. She asserts that “acceleration of digital commerce” and “driving consumer engagement are going to be two of the biggest ways to drive advantage in the new reality.”