Before you run out to start your own gargantuan and semi-functioning company, stop and read the following blog post. Because it turns out, my dear top executives, most of the public in the United States, Italy, France, Germany, Spain and Great Britain can’t stand you.
According to the findings from the latest Financial Times/Harris Poll,
• 68% of American adults – and 57-75% of adults in the European countries – say their opinions of business leaders have gotten worse as a result of the current economic situation, with Germany as most cynical.
• 76% of Americans and 65-81% of adults in the EU5 (with Germany again as most disapproving) believe that the recent behavior of business leaders has been unethical.
• 79% of Americans – and about same proportion in the EU5, though highest in Germany – believe business leaders are paid too much.
• 68-82% in the countries surveyed (w ith the United States and Great Britain on the low end and France and Germany on the high end) believe governments should claw back bonuses or pensions paid to business leaders whose companies received bail-outs.