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The So What from BCG

24 EpisodesProduced by Boston Consulting GroupWebsite

This podcast from Boston Consulting Group looks around the corner of today’s big business and social issues. The goal–the so what–is to make sense of today and prepare busy leaders and executives for the day after tomorrow. Award-winning British journalist Georgie Frost interviews the leading thinke… read more

24 Episodes | 2021 - 2022

Talent Is Universal. Opportunity Is Not.

August 3rd, 2022

22:19

Johann Harnoss doesn’t just advise companies on innovation and global talent mobility. He also has cofounded a nonprofit organization to help students from nations such as Syria and Afghanistan secure jobs in Europe. In …

How Can the World Achieve Health Equality?

July 20th, 2022

20:58

In an interconnected world, global health is not just a scientific aspiration but an economic one. As supply shortages brought on by factory shutdowns in China demonstrate, a disease outbreak in one part of the world …

To Reduce Emissions, You Have To Measure Them

July 6th, 2022

20:20

Companies will never achieve net zero unless they can measure their emissions, and few of them do it successfully. Only about one in ten companies …

What to Teach the World of the Future

June 22nd, 2022

20:38

While the world races ahead into the metaverse, education remains rooted in the era of neat orderly rows of desks and lesson plans. In this wide-ranging conversation, Leila Hoteit, the managing director and senior …

We Need More Tim Cooks in the C-Suite

June 8th, 2022

19:17

Over the past two years, the world has seen what happens when supply and procurement chains seize up and shortages in such staples as infant formula …

Why Being Out at Work Matters

May 25th, 2022

22:09

A Pride@BCG leader talks about how a supportive culture unlocks creativity. For Dakota Santana-Grace, being out at work is a professional necessity …

How Can My Shopping Save The Planet?

May 11th, 2022

23:34

Corporate leaders often view sustainable products as a series of technical challenges—how to decarbonize the supply chain, reduce waste in manufacturing, eliminate plastic packaging, and so on. But what about the human …

Rewriting the Unwritten Rules at Work

April 27th, 2022

24:54

Nan DasGupta played soccer in her youth and worked as an engineer at GE early in her career, so she has firsthand experience breaking into male-dominated realms. DasGupta, BCG people and organization expert and …

Rich Lesser on Climate, Hard Truths, and Hope

April 13th, 2022

21:07

Businesses that lead on climate and sustainability will have tailwinds at their back, says Rich Lesser, BCG’s global chair. Reaching net zero will require investments of $3 trillion to $5 trillion per year for the next …

When A Paycheck Is Not Enough

March 30th, 2022

22:14

Pay, promotion, and benefits have been the traditional carrots for hiring and retaining employees. But what happens when they are not enough? During the Great Resignation, companies have watched well-paid, decorated …

To Uncertainty and Beyond in the Travel Industry

March 16th, 2022

19:04

As the travel industry slowly awakens from the pandemic-induced slumber, airlines, hotel chains, and cruise lines face a highly uncertain and …

Why Tech Needs Women to Change the World

March 2nd, 2022

20:18

Neveen Awad, the daughter of an engineer, learned early in life “how fun it was to make machines do something.” As the only computer science major in …

Imagine If Companies Were Better at Imagination

February 16th, 2022

23:01

Why do CEOs struggle with the act of imagination when it comes naturally to 5-year-olds? And what happens when people and organizations seemingly …

Are You Bridging or Broadening the Racial Wealth Gap?

February 2nd, 2022

23:56

Organizations often view inclusion, along with its cousins diversity and equity, as a goal. But what if they start viewing it as a practice, an active commitment, and a way of doing business? Kedra Newsom Reeves, a BCG …

Your Brain Is Being Strip-Mined

January 19th, 2022

23:05

Cell phones, social media, messaging software, and multitasking are robbing our attention, as our monkey minds jump from one notification to another. …

Watch Your Language

January 5th, 2022

20:00

Ashley Grice finds great joy, meaning, and sometimes peril in words. As the CEO of BCG BrightHouse, Grice helps organizations find their purpose. Words are her instruments of trade. They can help bring strategy to life …

Happy Holidays, and See You in 2022!

December 29th, 2021

0:50

The So What from BCG is taking a short break over the holidays - if you’re celebrating, I hope you’re having a lovely time.

We’ve been hard at work …

Can We Fix Supply Chains in 2022 ?

December 15th, 2021

24:24

As the pandemic rumbles on, many countries have been suffering shortages and panic buying as global supply chains wobble. Much of that will likely ease over the coming months, but systemic challenges remain. 

In this …

Why the Way We Work Is Broken

December 1st, 2021

23:31

The pandemic has exposed fissures in the way we work, which is stuck in the industrial age. Deborah Lovich, who leads BCG’s people strategy topic, and Brian Elliott, executive leader and senior vice president of Future …

A Culture of Experimentation

November 17th, 2021

22:29

How can organizations become more experimental? Julia Dhar, the cofounder and leader of BeSmart, BCG’s behavioral economics and insights initiative, …

Across the Luxury Metaverse

November 3rd, 2021

22:57

Lil Miquela, a 19-year-old TikTok influencer with more than 3 million followers, has promoted Calvin Klein, Prada, and other top fashion brands. She …

Net Zero Will Pay for Itself

November 3rd, 2021

21:59

Most transitions are hard—the transition to net zero is especially so. But with political will, new business models, and major investments, saving …

Uncertainty Advantage

November 3rd, 2021

19:11

Uncertainty is not a dirty word. While it may be impossible to predict the future, preparing for it is possible. Alan Iny, BCG’s partner and director of creativity and scenarios, explains that scenario planning and …

The So What from BCG: Getting Down to Business

October 20th, 2021

1:40

This podcast gets straight to the point of ideas that will shape and disrupt the future. Award-winning British journalist Georgie Frost interviews the leading thinkers and doers at BCG on topics ranging from global …

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