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.”

Forbes

Stress, Anxiety and Depression Will Always Be a Problem—So Let’s Start Addressing It Now

In his guest column for Forbes, BCG’s Grant Freeland emphasizes the importance of mental health. He writes that being in a leadership position can often exacerbate pathologies like anxiety and depression. Freeland offers advice on how to change the mental health narrative and reminds leaders that “if you want to get the most out of your talent, their mental health needs to be a priority.”

Gulf Business

How COVID-19 is Changing the UAE’s Education System

In an interview with Gulf Business, BCG’s Maya El Hachem discusses how the UAE’s education system can adapt to changes and challenges brought by the pandemic. She identifies the immediate priorities of school leaders, including training teachers to use digital learning tools and ensuring financial resilience. El Hachem emphasizes that “schools must prepare remedial and support plans” to “ensure students’ reintegration and readiness” for when they reopen.