1. The wisdom of the executive crowd

    IBM has just released its fifth comprehensive survey of CEOs from around the world.  Based on face-to-face interviews with over 1,700 top business and public sector executives in 64 countries, the 2012 Global IBM CEO Study provides insights into what’s on the mind of leaders today and how they’re addressing the challenges that lie ahead.

    The full study report, Leading through Connections, or a shorter executive summary can be downloaded from the CEO Study website, which provides additional information and research reports that support the findings of the study.

    More than ever, leaders are recognizing the importance of establishing, maintaining, and nurturing connections — with employees, customers, and business partners:

    For some time, businesses have been refining and optimizing their networks of suppliers and partners. They’re streamlining supply chains and creating massive back-office efficiencies. But something just as meaningful has been happening in the marketplace — the sudden convergence of the digital, social and mobile spheres — connecting customers, employees and partners in new ways to organizations and to each other. These changes put pressure on the front office to digitize and adapt but also create opportunities for the organization to innovate and lead.

    The Global CEO Study website includes video interviews of CEOs, as well as case studies and related thought-provoking papers that can help leaders successfully steer their organizations.