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Trend Alert: A Shortage of Corporate Executives?

March 2nd, 2012

It’s hard for me to fathom, but a surprising new study claims there’s going to be a shortage of qualified people who want to become corporate executives. While workers want overall success, not even one in a thousand wants to be a corporate executive, according to Intelligent Office’s first “Work IQ Study.”

More than half of the respondents aspire to be entrepreneurs (nearly 65 percent) or work as independents (61 percent). As independents, they want more flexible work hours than the traditional 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Additionally, nearly half of the respondents want a work hard/play hard work life balance.

Joyce Gioia is a strategic business futurist from Greensboro, North Carolina, whom I’ve been following for years. She predicts a worldwide shortage of corporate executives and suggests that smart employers will embrace “intrapreneurship” by giving employees opportunities to feel like entrepreneurs while still working for the organization.

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