Reflections from Davos 2018

About 200 business, government, and media leaders assembled to discuss Dominic Barton’s forthcoming book, “Talent Wins: The New Playbook for Putting People First.” Joining Dom onstage were Blackrock Chairman and CEO Larry Fink; Guardian Life President and CEO Deanna Mulligan; Majid Al Futtaim CEO Alain Bejjani; and Unilever Chief HR Officer Leena Nair. Financial Times Global Business Columnist and Associate Editor Rana Foroohar moderated.

by Dominic Barton

This year’s World Economic Forum (WEF) has just concluded—it was my ninth, and last, Davos as managing partner. In a sense, Davos is a window into much of the work we do across the firm—with our clients and on the most significant issues of our time.

Six themes we heard:

  1. Growth, growth, and more growth
  2. What could go wrong?
  3. Power politics
  4. Get ready for an even more intense wave of corporate transformation
  5. The next innovation imperative will be social innovation
  6. Talent as a CEO priority

And finally, one comment from an Indian CEO that seemed to capture the overall tenor of WEF 2018: “How the mood changes. A year ago, it was doom and gloom. Now the sun is shining. Time to stop talking and start doing.”