The Walk in the Woods – Short Term Growth, Long Term Abundance

Center Executive Fellow, Douglas A. Wilson, reflects on the power of taking a truly long term view of your business.  We agree with Doug that focusing on the long term opens up one’s thinking about fundamental questions of organizational purpose and capability. He also provides an important perspective on the theme of the recent Center for…

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CEO Conference Kicks Off Ambitious Year

More than three dozen CEOs and other executives gathered with leaders of the Center for Higher Ambition Leadership for its annual CEO Summit outside of Boston in early January. The executives represented companies ranging from the Fortune 500 to the mid-market from across North America and Europe. The theme for the 2016 conference was Building…

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Hiring: Events and Communications Coordinator

We’re hiring! Growth at the Center has created an opportunity for an Events and Communications Coordinator. This full-time position is well-suited for a college graduate with 1-3 years of professional experience with excellent interpersonal and organizational abilities as well as strong organizational, communications, and social media skills. Responsibilities include managing the logistics for several professional…

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Reviews should improve performance

Performance Reviews: A Higher Ambition Approach

Center for Higher Ambition Leadership co-founder Michael Beer has written for years about ways to improve the performance appraisal process — one that continues to be dreaded by many managers and their subordinates. More recently Doug Wilson, an executive fellow at the Center, has offered insights on how to increase the impact of performance appraisal.…

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Trust is essential to leadership

Trust Building: Insights from Doug Conant

Doug Conant is known as a master of relationship building. As CEO of Campbell Soup Company he became well-known for his ability to make every interaction a building block of trust and engagement. Here is one of his tips from a recent blog post, Declaring Yourself: Here’s how it works: the first hour of the first…

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Michael Beer’s Latest on Employee Engagement in HBR

Michael Beer, professor emeritus at Harvard Business School and co-founder of the Center for Higher Ambition Leadership, is among the most prolific contributors to the body of knowledge around high commitment, high performance organizations. He recently shared his latest thoughts on employee engagement on HBR.org, the Harvard Business Review website. Noting that transactional environments lead…

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The Profits in Purpose

At a recent Fortune magazine global forum, CEOs Mark Bertolini (Aetna, a Center for Higher Ambition Leadership member company), Chip Bergh (Levi Strauss), and Walt Bettinger (Charles Schwab) all spoke about how articulating a social purpose has helped drive healthy profits for their organizations. At Aetna, the initiatives focus on compensation and benefits for lower…

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REI’s Simultaneous Solve

Outdoor gear retailer REI made headlines when it announced that it would close all of its 143 stores on the day after Thanksgiving – the day that has become known as “Black Friday” replete with middle-of-night store openings and long lines of shoppers jostling for special deals. Viewed through the lens of Higher Ambition, this…

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Managing the Dual Imperative of Short/Long Term Performance

An Interview with David Langstaff and Kate Isaacs Higher Ambition CEOs wrestle with a dual imperative: deliver results in the short-term, and build capacity to create long-term value. Successfully navigating this path is not easy, especially for leaders who feel pressure to meet short-term investor expectations. Frustration with “short-termism is not new. Unfortunately, like the…

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Our New Leadership Podcast with Doug Wilson

Center for Higher Ambition Leadership Executive Fellow Doug Wilson (right) has embarked on a series of webcasts with leaders who have insights and wisdom to impart, Lessons Learned: Proven Leaders Speak on Leadership. The most recent podcast featured an interview with Dick Gochnauer, former CEO of United Stationers (now Essendant) on The Power of Purpose.…

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Bringing the Whole Person to Work

Many member companies of the Center for Higher Ambition have expressed that they feel that their associates are more than an engine of production — they are people, individuals with distinct talents, perspective, experience, expertise, and interests. And they believe that it is best for both the company and the individuals when they can “bring…

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