The C suite in corporate America is rarely plagued with a “crisis of confidence” and thus, while not always right, is rarely in doubt.
The year 2016, however, shook the foundations of conventional wisdom. Chicago Cubs won the World Series, even after going down 3 games to 1. Brexit caught the EU and the world by surprise by such a populist outcome. But the greatest shock was the biggest US political upset in 60 years, if not in US history. So, how could so many be so wrong, and what lessons can corporate America learn from this?
Our president Trump has confirmed in this first 10 days that this will be a most unconventional administration. He will definitely disrupt and transform. He has surrounded himself with some of the most gifted minds in America; strong leaders who do not necessarily share the same opinion as this outspoken President on all issues. That is wise leadership. It appears he seeks counsel from top business leaders on what policy changes are necessary to improve the economy and the quality of life for US citizens. It is clear he will MAKE things happen. Some good… some perhaps with unintended consequences. Regardless, change will occur. Nimble leaders will evaluate quickly and adjust plans to take advantage of evolving opportunities. Caretakers sit back and simply WATCH what happens as they are left behind and later WONDER what happened.
Which will you be?