The potential of AI is increasingly fueling CEO optimism.

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In this quarter’s CEO survey from good fortune and Deloitte, CEOs reported growing optimism, with 27% of chief executives optimistic about the future of the global economy, up from 7% last October. earlier this week, good fortune Hosted a virtual conversation with Fortune CEO Initiative members to hear their thoughts.

While improving inflation, interest rates and employment trends have boosted the mood, Deloitte US CEO Jason Garzadas noted that a major driver of CEO optimism is AI’s potential to change the game: “They Focusing on change.” (Deloitte sponsors this newsletter.)

With this comes the acceptance of uncertainty. As NYSE Group President Lynn Martin said, “Most CEOs we talk to are focused on being nimble because they just don’t know what the next curve is.”

Here are insights from other CEOs:

“Labor problems are not as bad as they were… the whole world is an available resource.”

Stanley Bergman, Chairman and CEO, Henry Schein

“We’re calling it the year of the operator and going back to basics.”

– Chrissy Taylor, President and CEO, Enterprise Mobility

“We see the customer looking more for value… When the economy goes down, they’re the first to get hit and the last to recover.”

Mark Rosen, CEO, J.C. Penney

“Every conversation starts with, ‘So what does the political landscape in America mean for my family and my portfolio?’ We say, ‘Don’t play politics with your portfolio.’

-Penny Pennington, Managing Partner, Edward Jones

“In Florida, many small employers have allowed their benefit plans to become part of the Affordable Care Act … outside of the health care obligation.”

– Pat Geraghty, President and CEO, Guidewell

“We synthesize and test most of our chemistry in China. The geopolitical games have intensified with bipartisan support for anti-China measures. That’s my biggest fear.”

—Alex Zhavoronkov, Founder and CEO, Inselico Medicines

“The opportunity for AI and healthcare is transformative… the level of change that CEOs and leadership teams need to manage is far greater.”

Kristen Peck, CEO, Zoets

“Health care costs are going up dramatically for an aging population… I worry about how the bottom 40% of boomers will handle the next 15 or 20 years.”

– Tom McInerney, President and CEO, Janworth Financial

With AI, there’s a kind of FOMO and JOMO: fear of missing out or joy of missing out… either spend like crazy without necessarily having a big argument or ignore it entirely. Try to sit in the middle — don’t ignore it and don’t overhype it.”

– Barak Elam, CEO, Nice

“One of the things we’re looking forward to, obviously, is a return to organic growth… Syndicated and leveraged capital has been difficult and extremely expensive to come by. But we’ll close our first acquisition in two years later this month. Will do.

-BJ Shaknowski, CEO, Sampler

“What are we going to do in the next four to five years, not just to prepare the workforce, but to prepare our future leaders?”

– Rob Lake, Co-Founder and CEO, Boulevard

“Before all these things were cool and fancy, we became hybrids, and we lost our creativity… Now, we show up in person to break down barriers, to be creative, to make it fun, and to solve complex problems. are.”

Kunal Patwari, CEO, Gemini Corporation

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