Happy New Year! Well, maybe, sort of. At least, we hope it'll be happy. But, a lot of people seem to have skipped right over that intoxicating, sweet period of hope-filled resolutions and sunk directly into some kind of gloomy hangover from 2008.
Preliminary data from our start-of-year 2009 Forecast Survey, which includes over 460 respondents, shows that there's not a lot of optimism out there right now. In fact, a mere 9% said it was very likely or a virtual certainty that the global economy will improve in 2009, and less than a quarter thought it very likely their own organizations would thrive in 2009.