Spencer Stuart: Leadership Trends from CES 2021
A year ago, Spencer Stuart wrote that Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is a “microcosm of the broader landscape,” and of course, that was true this year. The 2021 CES had its usual dazzling array of new technologies — from solar-powered cars to unbelievably thin and picture-perfect OLED TVs to every known personal and desk-fitness device one could think of (or so they thought). But, like everything these days, it was hardly business as usual. Mirroring the pandemic-related shutdown of the past year, the bright lights of Las Vegas were replaced by four days of virtual presentations.
While remaining hopeful for future in-person gatherings — particularly at CES 2022 — Spencer Stuart wanted to share some of the key trends and their talent implications that have emerged from CES 2021, and from their conversations with leading executives across the world.
- The digital transformation carries on
- Automotive and other industrial sectors embrace technology
- 5G expands its footprint
- Virtual leadership becomes an imperative
- Virtual hiring and onboarding carry on, refreshment and rejuvenation may be equally necessary
- Media is going all-in on streaming
- Ecosystem management is key, powered in many instances by the new platform economy