What C-Level Executives Were Reading in 2022

Community Blog
Written by Clare Ryan

JANUARY 3, 2023

2022 threw one curveball after the next, but throughout the year, Evanta communities have inspired us with the wisdom and agility they gained during this period of uncertainty. As we enter 2023, we wanted to share some of the most popular articles, insights and interviews on Evanta.com from the past year to reflect on key topics and themes and give you a jumpstart in the new year. 

These are some of the most-viewed articles (and most listened to podcasts!) on Evanta.com in 2022.

Hottest Topics:

The Talent Shortage

Across all of our communities, executives told us they wanted to learn more about how their peers are handling the unprecedented talent shortage. Numerous sessions at our in-person and virtual programs centered on this theme, and we conducted a Community Pulse Survey of over 700 executives on this topic. As no surprise, both our blog and infographic with survey findings are on our list of top-read content this year. Follow the links to learn more about C-level perspectives on the cause, impact and outlook of the ongoing talent crisis.

The Economy

Business leaders have been facing a number of economic pressures, from supply chain issues to inflation, and many are planning for the possibility of a recession. Uncertainty in the marketplace led us to survey over 600 executives about the state of the economy and how they plan to navigate economic headwinds in 2023, with C-level executives eager to see the results. To learn more about what your peers had to say about their economic outlook, check out one of our blogs: CDAO, CFO, CHRO, CIO, CISO.

Hottest Podcast Topic:

Keeping Your Seat at the Decision-making Table
We recently released a new series of episodes for The Next Big Question podcast, and our most popular one was “How Should C-level Executives Influence the Enterprise?, featuring Janice Deskus, CHRO of Staples. Here, she shares how she leads and influences the business from her role in the C-suite and discusses how to earn – and keep – a seat at the decision-making table. Be sure to listen to the entire series to hear executives from JLL, Warner Music Group and Delta Air Lines answer the next big questions in business.

Top 3 Community-Driven Articles

Evanta’s C-level community members actively share how they are addressing specific business challenges and their lessons learned through interviews for our Peer Practices and Leadership Profile series, as well as guest writing for our Executive Blog. Here are the top articles from each category.

Peer Practices: Three Ways CIOs Are Tackling Talent Shortages
While attracting and retaining top talent isn’t necessarily a new challenge, the drive for digital business acceleration over the past few years has heightened the need to recruit, diversify, and upskill IT teams. In this Peer Practices article, Sergio Guerreiro, VP Information Technology at Allegion International; Tracey Jessup, CDIO at the UK Parliament; Samantha Liscio, CITO at NIHR Clinical Research; and Brian Roche, Director of Information Technology at George Best Belfast City Airport share their strategies for finding and keeping digital talent.

Leadership Profile: Leading Transformation Through the Lens of the People
Sakita Douglas, Chief Talent Officer for Harris County, Texas, believes the current challenges in the talent market create “a great canvas for us to create something incredibly innovative and inviting.” In this Leadership Profile, she shares how she is leading a transformational change across Harris County’s nearly 20,000 employees.

Executive Blog: 5 Tips for a Successful Data Mesh Implementation
Data mesh is a trending topic, and many data and technology leaders are contemplating whether it is the right approach for their future data architecture needs. In this Executive Blog, Vishal Patel, Chief Data Officer & Head of Data Engineering at Webster Bank and Co-Chair of the New York CDAO Community, shares insight into the value of data mesh and five ways data leaders can utilize it to promote self-service capabilities throughout their organizations.

Top 3 Blogs

The Evanta Blog features insights from surveys, executives and thought leaders, written by our own Content Team leaders, who help to ensure that all topics and agendas are driven by C-level executives and for C-level executives. Here are the top 3 blogs from 2022.

  1. What Does Community Mean to You? At the end of 2020, we reflected upon the concept of community and how to create fellowship when you cannot connect in person. Two years later as the world continues in a hybrid environment with an unpredictable future, this is still resonating with our community as the #1 blog for the second year in a row. Read thoughts from our community members on how to “calibrate, adjust, and pivot” to deliver the power of community during uncertain times.
  2. 3 Areas of Focus for C-Suite Leaders in 2022: Evanta’s annual Leadership Perspective survey asks our C-level communities about their most important priorities for the year ahead, and with almost 3000 responses, this blog dives into their top three areas of focus for 2022. 
  3. Top 10 Trends for CHROs in 2022: Over the past few years, few roles have undergone as much change as that of the CHRO, and we sought to find out where they were focusing their attention and budget in 2022. Here, we identified 10 trends for human resources executives in 2022 - insights derived from our Leadership Perspective Survey of over 450 CHROs.

Evanta creates an open space for C-level leaders to share their experiences with each other. Connect with like-minded peers who share your priorities, and find your local community – apply to join here.


Clare Ryan headshot

Clare Ryan

VP, Content & Product Strategy at Evanta, a Gartner Company