The McKinsey Podcast

Reviews For The McKinsey Podcast

Please turn up the volume. People listen on trains and buses and is hard to hear anything
I live the content of this podcast. Obsession comes to mind as a description of my relationship to it. However the volume is a lot lower than other podcasts I to which I listen. Maybe I’m crazy but I think it’s true.
Good job looking back at the reason for the recession nearly 10 years ago. The banks are given credit for the lion share of the collapse in the markets and home ownership. But you need to go back further and study why the banks were in that spot. Home ownership became an entitlement during the Bush and Clinton era. Home ownership was an American right. Banks were loaning 110% more or less over appraisals. The feds supported it. Home ownership is and must be a privilege that is earned over time being a good steward of financial resources.
McKinsey is arguably the top strategic consulting firm in the world. The McKinsey podcast draws on their vast research and knowledge base to find relevant topics and interview top leaders such as CEO’s and respected authors to pull apart key topics. The podcast is well produced, of a consistent length, and with little commercial interruptions.
The audio is so terrible it’s a burden to listen to. The content is good or better than good. HBR and Inc. have podcast models McKinsey could emulate to make this a great series!
The output volume is very quiet, even at full device volume
Great topics but the dialogue is clearly scripted and overly generic. A16Z is how a business podcast should sound. Spontaneity, debate and rich stories.
McKInsey does a great job with these podcasts. I learn so much from the wealth of knowledge and insignts they possess. Now I see why McKinsey is the gold standard for business success.
I have a pet peeve about Podcasts that don't pay attention to audio quality. Some of them make it unbearable to listen to. I simply can't stand listening to shoddy audio quality that sounds like it was recorded in a reverberating toilet stall at bus stop on the highway. :) Please!
Good way to learn from McKinsey thought leadership
Good to see these shows on the regular again.
As you would expect, good source of information.


This podcast is interesting and the format is good. The conversation is engaging and informative.
Great conversation on an interesting topic. Glad the format has changed. Looking forward to more episodes like this.
Exactly the kind of podcast I've been looking for - fantastic insight on an interesting (and important) issue, directly from leaders who work with companies every day. Really valuable to hear from senior McKinsey people - can't wait for more!
Podcasts are media events... media events have to be exciting. Speakers have to speak with clarity and enthusiasm. They should be carefully edited and pitched toward the medium they are using. I.e. a podacast is a radio program. How about something enjoyable, maybe a little music... humor, personality? not just blah blah blah blah... Admittedly easier said than done, but the medium remains the message, so time to align the message with how the medium actually works! What Adam, and the extremely boring, mumbling interviewer (sorry, nothing personal, boring in the nicest possible way) are talking about is interesting and important, but it sounds like they are both falling asleep. I was. JL
McKiensey is one of the worlds top counsultancy firms in business matters, and its publication is a worthy source of real business world knowledge (Not only academic). This podcast is a convinient way to have it´s articules in audio.
I have read the other reviews complaining that these are merely read pieces, lacking in interaction or more entertaining formats. I have enjoyed listening to them, precisely because they are factual, unemotional, and delivered with real life examples to easily illustrate the points contained in each podcast. I think they in fact are the perfect tonic to today's ADD-driven and greed-filled world of in the moment decision-making that does not have the ability to include multiple perspectives. There is very little evidence of learning from others' experience taking place - a distinctly different action than following the herd. If you are interested in such things as built to last, quality, and sustainability, then I think you would find significant value in these podcasts. I believe they are just as relevant to our business and political leaders as they are to startups and small business owners.
I would suggest listening to a couple of HBR IdeaCasts as a model. HBR has adopted a moderated format whereby the moderator interviews the author on the content of the article. In cases where the author is not available, they have a standin (usually a HBS professor) who "interprets" the article.
Overall, the podcast contained solid information. However, it did have some rather significant omissions, which I believe would help the participant remain "engaged", rather than ruminating over the percentage levels indicated in the piece. Had the authors stated wether the companies used in the baseline survey were: publicly held companies, private, government, or a blend; the data has a different meaning. One could only surmise that the respondent companies were public, as many of their strategic initiatives are molded from outside investors.
I got an email announcing this podcast and was very excited. Then I listened to a few. Most are just articles read out loud. This treatment of a topic makes for a boring podcast. But a couple like (Investing the Gulf's Oil Profits Windfall) are what I expected to hear, thoughtful discussions. I hope that they publish more of these, rather than just read articles.