Michael Brainard, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Brainard Strategy (www.brainardstrategy.com). As a doctor of industrial psychology, an entrepreneur and former senior corporate development executive in both publicly traded consulting firms and financial services firms, Brainard possesses a unique perspective and understanding of the subtle psychological principles of leadership and organizational development. Through his confidential work with executives, he is renowned for his ability to motivate and energize leaders from diverse backgrounds, as well as identify potential areas of opportunity, while facilitating growth for his clients, which include Beckman Coulter, Memorial Healthcare, Sequenom, Golden State Foods, Celanese, VMWare, Allergan, Experian, Goal Financial, McCarthy Construction, National Semiconductor, Conagra, Dell, Scripps, Baker Engineering, Qualcomm, Ericsson and , among others. With an approach that blends strategic, behavioral and experiential learning, he has successfully developed growth strategies for executives and businesses in a wide range of industries including biotechnology, manufacturing, information services, consumer packaged goods, financial services, telecommunications and construction.
Our monthly reading of CEO confidence in business conditions fell sharply in December as the nation’s business leaders increasingly perceived that gathering economic and political headwinds. The CEO Confidence Index is at its lowest levels in two years.