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I spend a lot of time on the road speaking to a variety of organizations and
businesses. Many are in the manufacturing world and others have a connection
of some kind or another. Given all this travel and contact, I can make four general
observations about their mood and expectations at this point.
The first is that there is more confidence and a more upbeat attitude than was
the case only a few months ago. The majority have been reporting better sales
and more consistent demand. The majority are not attributing this to the political
promises that have been made, although there is certainly hope for progress on
tax reform, regulation, job growth, infrastructure development, and the like. The
sense is that consumers have started to come around and there is confidence
that global opportunities have been improving. It seems that better consumer
confidence has affected business confidence.
The second observation is that political leaders are still not focused on the real
issues. The shortage of qualified workers is more acute than ever, and it seems
that few politicians have been paying attention. The demand is for more training
and a better pipeline for talent, and it just isn’t there. The desire to create jobs
is missing the point — we have the jobs and now we need people to fill them.
The third observation is that most businesspeople have become utterly fed up
with the politics of the day. The divisions are deeper than ever and have been
fed by the politicians as well as elements of the media. The desire is for focus
on the basics of what makes the economy grow — everything from jobs to
access to capital. The majority seem ready to wash their hands of the lot of
them in Washington.
The final observation is that major change will be driving their business and
soon. This will be coming from advances in technology, changing demographics,
shifting expectations from the consumer, and the like. Many feel that nothing
will be the same in the relatively near future.