The pandemic has irrevocably changed the way people think about the world. And, as we report in our 2021 U.S. CEO Outlook survey, that’s certainly the case for business leaders as well.
Sure, there is significant optimism back in the boardroom, but chief executives are not simply focused on getting back to “business as usual.” Weathered by the seismic changes and trial-by-fire lessons of the last 18 months, the 1,325 CEOs that we talked to from large companies, including 400 in the U.S., are taking a fresh new view of the business—and reevaluating their overall mission and goals in the process.
In general, three key areas of focus emerged from our latest CEO survey: growth, purpose, and people. To deliver results in each area, company finance teams will need to play a lead role, partnering with the CEO to turn the ideas into actionable goals with measurable results—and always understanding the related financial implications.
We take a closer look at each of the three themes below, and you can get the full 2021 U.S. CEO Outlook Survey here.