The IBM CEO Study 2008 represents a unique window into the ideas and concerns from senior leaders from 40 countries around the globe. Based on interviews with 1,130 CEOs across industries and geographies, the study provides unique insight into the issues that separate organizational success from failure. Across industries, geographies and organizations of different sizes, the view was surprisingly similar — the Enterprise of the Future is:
Hungry for change and disruptive by nature
Innovative beyond customer imagination
Genuine, not just generous
Each of these dimensions has clear implications for today's workforce. Without addressing the employee implications of change, innovation, globalization and corporate social responsibility, organizations have little hope for executing the strategies that CEOs have deemed critical to future success. Based on our consulting experience and research in human capital management, we see very clear opportunities for organizations to apply the lessons from the CEO study in managing and developing a workforce that can drive the Enterprise of the Future.