The 2019 Executive Outlook: Is It Time to Pump The Brakes?

The results of Consulting’s annual Executive Outlook are in—and while the numbers still look pretty good overall, we’re starting to see some signs…

The results of Consulting’s annual Executive Outlook are in—and while the numbers still look pretty good overall, we’re starting to see some signs that things are slowing down after nearly a decade-long rocket ride for the economy. Firms—and clients—are starting to show signs of slowing down a little bit as clients grow cautious amid rampant uncertainty. While the economy still has a strong foundation beneath it, consulting firms are beginning to experience, at least according to our survey results, a bit of a pull-back as they report strong—but not bursting—pipelines heading in into 2019. Is it time to pump the brakes? It seems to be the appropriate question to ask for 2019 based on the results of Consulting magazine’s annual Executive Outlook Survey, but it sure doesn’t look like the wheels are about to fall off anytime soon—despite the stock market’s shaky performance at the end of the year.  

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