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…

Details

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…

Details

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…

Details

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…

Details

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…

Details

Doug Conant: 3 Simple Steps To Make Every Interaction Count

This post by Doug Conant, former CEO of Campbell Soup Company and Center for Higher Ambition Leadership board member, provides a concise introduction to his concept using everyday encounters to make a significant difference in the business and in peoples’ lives. He calls them “touchpoints” and we feel they are essential to higher ambition leadership.…

Details