Fall 2022 Fortune/Deloitte CEO Survey [REPORT]

Once again CEOs offer a contrarian view by remaining moderately optimistic about their company outlook

In the Fall 2022 Fortune/Deloitte CEO survey, CEOs share more modest growth expectations while fine tuning strategic levers such as talent, workplace, and technology models to adapt to new conditions.

Heading into 2022, CEOs provided a variety of perspectives as they described their outlook on the coming year. The responses ‘hopeful’ and ‘uncertain’ almost exactly counterbalanced each other and the year did not disappoint. As the world moved beyond the pandemic, an onslaught of headwinds emerged including rising inflation, global conflicts, and increased geopolitical instability and polarization. As we’ve now seen through other past crises and uncertainty, CEOs remain positive about their own company’s growth over the next 12 months. Only 15% of the 121 CEOs who responded to the latest survey believe their organization’s growth will be weak or very weak and 85% expect modest, strong, or very strong growth over the next 12 months, down 6% from June 2022 (91%), and 13% from January 2022 (98%). However, the increase in the number of CEOs who chose ‘modest’ growth increased from 42% to 51%, signaling a more tempered growth expectation over the next 12 months. And those CEOs who previously expected very strong or strong growth at 49% in June 2022, now represent only 34% of CEOs today.

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