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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Burger and Fries with a Side of Nice

A recent post by Daniel Gross at Strategy+Business caught our attention. It chronicled the rise of Shake Shack, a fast-growing casual restaurant chain that combines a basic menu — hot dog, burger, fries, and the like — with exceptional attention to all of the stakeholders in its value chain. This combination has created legions of…

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Four Myths about Corporate Purpose

The purpose of a corporation is always a hot topic at the Center for Higher Ambition Leadership. We see purpose as integral to Higher Ambition strategy, stakeholder engagement, and high performance on both social and financial fronts. Purpose was also front and center at a recent meeting of the Aspen Institute’s Business & Society Program…

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Social Responsibility as Core Strategy: It Pays

“Nice Companies Finish First” was the title  of a Strategy+Business article recently passed on to us by Center for Higher Ambition Leadership board member Doug Conant. Author Matt Palmquist asserted that companies that strive to be socially responsible are rewarded more than those that simply pursue economic gains. As this goes to the heart of…

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Leadership Words to Live By

The full version of this post appears on www.conantleadership.com. Doug Conant is a board member at the Center for Higher Ambition Leadership and lead faculty in our Higher Ambition Leadership Initiative (HALI) development program for emerging leaders. The thoughts expressed in this post are consistent with our philosophy and the HALI curriculum. As leaders striving…

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Henry Schein Named One of Most Ethical Companies

For the fourth consecutive year, Henry Schein, Inc.has been named to the list of World’s Most Ethical Companies by The Ethisphere Institute. This recognition “recognizes those organizations that have had a material impact on the way business is conducted by fostering a culture of ethics and transparency at every level of the company,” according to…

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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…

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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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