What is top-of-mind for US CEOs for 2017?

PwC's 20th CEO Survey

What's on the minds of US CEOs for the year ahead?

U.S. business leaders are moving forward in 2017, driving revenue and profitability despite an uncertain political climate. For example, over half of US CEOs (55%) say they’re looking for new M&A opportunities this year. And they’re working on building trust, too, through strong corporate purpose initiatives. Now more than ever, there is good business in doing good.


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US priorities


Greater connectivity is reshaping the way we live and work, and CEOs know the trend will accelerate. From virtual healthcare visits to apps showing where to find a particular item in a grocery store, new technologies are creating unprecedented opportunities for companies to better understand and connect with customers. Yet CEOs know these binds can evaporate if trust is broken.

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Talent will help an organization distinguish itself from the competition. Organizations need people who can surmount big challenges and tackle complex issues. CEOs are looking for employees high performers who are agile, curious, and can collaborate with others to achieve the greatest results. These skillsets are among the hardest to recruit.

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Innovation is key to keeping an organization’s offerings fresh, and disrupting an industry’s status quo. Innovation thrives at workplaces where employees are encouraged and empowered to be entrepreneurs, to take ownership of projects and are able to unleash their creativity.

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Globalization is here, and organizations, no matter the location, can instantly reach customers anywhere. For some companies, viability means looking beyond domestic markets and tapping long-term growth opportunities afforded by international expansion. Global businesses need leaders who are cross-culturally fluent, who can be as comfortable, confident and capable in far-flung locations as they are at home.

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Trust & Purpose

Successful companies are driven by a sense of purpose. Often connecting with customers at important points in their lives, businesses have the ability to positively affect human lives. Trust is about delivering high-quality products and services at the promised time and price. It begins internally -- the better job that companies do serving their employees, the better their employees will serve customers.

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Diversity isn’t just the right thing to do; it can transform companies with new approaches to creating products and services, and can help leaders better connect with customers, stakeholders, and employees. Diversity in the workplace means building an environment based on inclusivity, trust, compassion, and respect. It also means creating a workplace that offers pathways for advancement and career opportunities to all.

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