This past weekend I watched a CEO summit on Bloomberg Television. The idea was to bring on CEO’s of leading global organizations to discuss the rapidly approaching fiscal cliff and for these global business leaders to provide some insight into how they feel these delicate matters need to be treated.
The panel was comprised of a number of high power CEO’s including:
Laurence Fink (Blackrock)
David Cote (Honeywell)
Robert Greifield (Nasdaq)
Scott Davis (UPS)
For a summary and review of the event you can visit here.
I watched with a conflicted combination of interest and apathy as I have grown increasingly tired of all of the rhetoric and the complete lack of progress that we have made in the past several years. However as a proud citizen and someone who genuinely wants the best for America I was definitely interested in what these gentleman (Yes, all men except the moderator) had to say.
While I think it is wonderful that our global business leaders took the time to discuss their ideas to fix our biggest problems. I also felt it was sort of a double edge sword as most of the world cannot relate with these leaders nor do they actually see them in a positive light. Regardless of how they “Should” be seen, (Many F500 CEO’s are brilliant and Admirable) I have always said that “Perception is Reality,” and the overwhelming perception of Fortune 500 executives isn’t positive . Again, not saying I agree or disagree, just stating the facts.