Le Pla, Ruth, New Zealand Management
One of the joys of management is its constant sense of renewal and reinvigoration. Even after 52 years of reporting on this stuff, here on the magazine we are constantly discovering new ways to view the world. Take, for example, a small pamphlet from global consultancy PricewaterhouseGoopers (PWG) which recently popped through the mail and which charts the refreshingly candid thoughts of almost 1100 CEOs across 50 countries. (More on this on page 7 of this issue.)
PWC has been checking in with world-leading CEOs like this for a decade now so it's revealing to step back and see just what's changed for them in the past 10 years. More revealing still, are their thoughts on the shape of things to come.
For context: These CEOs and others of their ilk have weathered 10 years of high-speed change. They have ridden high on the e-business roller coaster, celebrating the heady days of optimism before so many technological business hopes crashed and
burned. Then the capital markets took their toll. These CEOs adjusted to the economic and political fallout post 9/11, recovered from the shock of Enron's collapse and battled the burdens of compliance in a mood of gathering optimism. Last year they forged ahead in their missions to go global. …