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McKinsey senior partners Scott Keller and Mary Meaney examined 20 years of queries to their firm and went through Harvard Business Review articles since 1976 to identify the most important, most queried about and most written about management topics in that time span. They found “ten timeless truths,” phrased more often as “ten timeless topics,” about leadership and management practices and compiled them in a well-illustrated, well-referenced manual. Their condensation of hundreds of books, articles and queries on business wisdom into about 200 pages and 10 topics will excite any busy leader. While this is a broad overview, not profound, detailed guidance, you will gain a smart introduction to the most important tasks for any leader. Even if the authors only spark your further reading and research, their 10 overviews – including concrete, applicable steps and, in most areas, illustrated case studies – provide a great place to start, especially if you’re new to leadership. 

In this summary, you will learn

  • Truths about ten timeless topics, including how to hire and shape more effective workers and teams;
  • How to make better decisions and keep costs in check; and
  • How to shape workplace culture and develop new leaders.

About the Authors

Scott Keller, in California, and Mary Meaney, in Paris, France, are senior partners at McKinsey & Company and consult with business leaders around the world.



“Ten Timeless Topics”

These findings represent the most frequent queries received by McKinsey since the mid-1990s and the subjects of articles from the Harvard Business Review published between 1976 and 2016. Use these 10 key areas to assess the situation you must manage, then prioritize the action you will take depending on your organization’s most pressing issues: 

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    MARY BROWN 4 months ago
    Great reminder on how organizations should invest in methods to help transitioning leaders. As a result of this organizational transition the future will be greatly rewarded with powerful skilled leaders