Rita Gunther McGrath Author. Speaker. Consultant.

  • Let’s Go Back to Boring Banking
    by Rita McGrath on April 17, 2019 at 12:42 am

    After the Great Depression and through the 1980s, the financial sector was regulated to serve the rest of the economy. Today, it serves mostly itself. It’s time that changed.  When even Larry Fink is talking about too much short-termism in our economic lives, you know something important is going on—perhaps an inflection point in the… The post Let’s Go Back to Boring Banking appeared first on Rita Gunther McGrath. […]

  • Taking a Human-Led Approach to Navigating Technological Change
    by Rita McGrath on April 12, 2019 at 12:48 am

    With technology’s modern pace of change, how can companies (and humans) best adapt? In March, I had the pleasure of leading a workshop with Tracey Zimmerman, President of Robots & Pencils, to answer this very question and offer a few potential solutions for today’s executives. PricewaterhouseCoopers’s 2018 Technology Industry Trend Report revealed that 61 percent… The post Taking a Human-Led Approach to Navigating Technological Change appeared first on Rita Gunther McGrath. […]

  • How Inflection Points in the Hotel Business Change Where You Lay Your Head
    by Rita McGrath on March 19, 2019 at 1:46 am

    In 1977, James Eyster, then a Ph.D. student at Cornell, published a book that would completely change the nature of the hotel business worldwide. His idea could not sound more boring—unless you saw the impact it would have. It involved the negotiation and administration of hotel management contracts. Eyster’s groundbreaking insight was that by using… The post How Inflection Points in the Hotel Business Change Where You Lay Your Head appeared first on Rita Gunther McGrath. […]

  • Final Thoughts From BRITE 2019
    by Rita McGrath on March 14, 2019 at 1:04 am

    After beginning the day with talks on competition, social robots, and attention, and then learning about the power of simplicity, the banking industry’s existential crisis, and why machine learning is not vibranium, we wrapped up BRITE 2019 with a series of fascinating conversations. 1. We’re finally ready for XR. The third session began with Ori… The post Final Thoughts From BRITE 2019 appeared first on Rita Gunther McGrath. […]

  • Machine Learning Is Not Vibranium (and Other Takeaways from BRITE 2019)
    by Rita McGrath on March 10, 2019 at 6:42 pm

    After a stimulating start to the conference, BRITE 2019 continued with a series of fascinating presentations that demonstrated the power of simplicity, reimagined the future of banking, and debunked some major myths around artificial intelligence and machine learning. These are the three biggest takeaways from the second session: 1. Simplicity pays off. Session two was… The post Machine Learning Is Not Vibranium (and Other Takeaways from BRITE 2019) appeared first on Rita Gunther McGrath. […]