Survey Says

Posted by: Jena McGregor on October 5, 2007

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.

Reader Comments

Mark Amtower

October 10, 2007 3:34 PM

I am convinced that there is some lonely PR flak out there, in a dark room with a six pack and an internet connection sending out emails regarding "new surveys" to absolutley every editor and reporter they can identify in the universe, regardless of what publication they write for.

Because I write a very niche enewsletter for the government market, I get a press pass for some of the industry events. this gets me into Bacon's - the list of reporters and editors flaks apparently have access to. The result is I get emails from absoluterly every cause in the Western hemisphere, and some calls from irate people claiming I am ingoring their issues.

I cannot imagine how much crap you people who write for real - and big - publications get. You have my condolences.

As to surveys, unlerss they are conducted by a trrue third party research firm, I could not care less.

Jena McGregor

October 10, 2007 3:53 PM

Amen. Workforce consultants love to release surveys that say how dire engagement is among employees (hire them to fix it!). Innovation gurus like to remind us that the vast majority of CEOs say growth is a top concern (but they can help!). Do they really think their end goal isn't painfully obvious??

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