Given the nature of today’s economy, the apparent permanence of uncertainty regarding the “fiscal cliff,” and the ongoing wringing of hands and pessimism spewing from our television sets and other media, one might think that today’s business leaders are on their last legs. Several articles I’ve read lately have asked whether the age of the entrepreneur is over and have speculated that America’s prosperity may have run its course.
Don’t mention any of that if you speak to those who responded to this year’s “CEO New Year’s Resolutions Report” which I author and publish with Northwood University. As I have done for the last few years, I interviewed 50 CEOs of various companies to find out what they were resolving for 2013. These CEOs represent profit and non-profit companies of all sizes with a range of industries and experience.
This year’s CEOs are ready for growth and risk-taking again. You can tell that lessons have been learned as the tone overall is one of prudence, but optimism. These leaders are well aware of the uncertainty in the marketplace but are also aware that they are the ones who will make their own future. They are focusing their strategy, developing their people and giving back to the community.
Take a look at this year’s report and let me know what you think. Feel free to pass it along to others as well. And if you are a CEO and would like to be on the list for next year you can send me a note and I’ll follow up with you then.