How parenting through a tough medical diagnosis inspired a new way to lead and live


March 22, 2022When senior partner Scott Keller’s son Jackson was born, doctors said he would not be able to perform basic functions, like seeing, talking, and walking. Rather than take this as fact, Scott and his wife Fiona set out to find a solution for their son, ultimately finding success through treatment based on the concept of neuroplasticity. With time and hard work, this led to Jackson living an active life today.

Through that experience Scott was exposed to a new world of thinking related to unlocking human potential. This gave him a new mission in his professional life: to help unleash that potential in the workplace. He founded a practice at McKinsey focused on leadership development and human capital. He focuses on CEO counseling: “being great in the role comes through helping others achieve greatness,” he says. He also co-founded and leads the Parents of Special Children at McKinsey affinity group that supports firm members going through similar experiences in their personal lives. Most recently, Scott co-authored a new McKinsey book, CEO Excellence: The Six Mindsets that Distinguish the Best Leaders from the Rest.