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October must be statistically significant in some mysterious way. My inbox is especially full of surveys these days. Two of the most interesting findings for a Friday afternoon:
**The Conference Board released its study on CEOs’ top concerns. Judging by what CEOs are always saying, you’d think growth, innovation, and finding great talent would be at the top of their list of concerns. That’s no longer the case: This year, execution is taking precedence over innovation as a top priority in the corner office. Finding qualified managerial talent ranked just fifth in the U.S., behind top-line and profit growth. In Asia, finding great talent ranked first.
**The Business Roundtable issued its Corporate Governance study last Friday. The percentage of adopting majority voting rules—in which directors are elected by a majority of shareholders—has leapt from “low levels” two years ago to a whopping 82% of companies this year.
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