Pursuing a Higher Ambition Research Agenda

The Center’s research agenda is focused on generating practical and useable knowledge on issues that are key to effective higher ambition Leadership. Three research initiatives were spotlighted at the 2015 Higher Ambition CEO Summit: Higher Ambition Boards of Directors Linking Purpose and Profit Managing for the Short and Long Term Higher Ambition Boards of Directors…

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Who Are Your Water Carriers? Lessons from Herman Miller

Higher ambition companies pay a great deal of attention to their cultures. They articulate what they want it to be. They measure it. They are intentional in their language and actions knowing that each of these will influence and shape the culture. Few, however, have the long history of cultural stewardship of Herman Miller, a…

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Aetna’s Wage Move a Potential Game Changer

Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini has announced a wage floor of $16 an hour for its US employees, according to the Wall Street Journal. Aetna is a major provider of health insurance to companies and individuals, and a member company of the Center for Higher Ambition Leadership. Bertolini framed the decision in higher ambition terms. “It’s…

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Transforming Ambition — Moving from Self-Centered to Other Centered

Abraham Lincoln’s law partner and eventual biographer said that Lincoln was “a little engine that knew no rest.” In other words, he was ambitious. Ambition is a key that unlocks our drive to make a difference. If you are not ambitious, you will probably not make the sacrifices necessary to channel endless amounts of energy…

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Hot New Social Network Opts for Benefit Corp Status

Public benefit corporations are on the rise. Public benefit corporations include considerations beyond shareholder returns in their governing documents, putting values on par with financial objectives. Among the latest is Ello, all the buzz among social network watchers. Unlike its rivals, Ello has said that it will not take advertising and will not mine user…

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Where Does Leadership Live?

This post by Eric McNulty originally appeared at Strategy+Business: For all the business community talks about leadership, there is little exploration of the basic assumptions we make about it—what constitutes leadership, who we should call leaders, and what qualities a leader should demonstrate. Yet those assumptions are exactly what we (and our organizations) base so…

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Does Higher Ambition Come with a Growth Mindset?

There is an interesting bit of talent research discussed in the current Harvard Business Review (Nov. 2014). Stanford’s Carol Dweck, the lead researcher, has been looking at the issue of whether people perceive talent as relatively static or as something that can be grown and developed over time. She began looking at this in individuals…

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