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.…

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CVS Health: A Bold Higher Ambition Move

Retailer CVS made big headlines several months back when it announced that it planned to cease selling all tobacco products. On September 3, the company made good on that promise ahead of schedule. CVS said that it would forego the short-term revenue from tobacco and related products as part of its expanding health care business. In…

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Next-Generation Leaders Gather for Second Week of Higher Ambition Leadership Institute

“Leadership is sacred ground,” Doug Conant, former CEO of Campbell Soup Company, reiterated throughout the second module of The Higher Ambition Leadership Institute. The charter class of the Institute gathered in Boston for the second module of the intensive yearlong executive development program last week to discuss intentional leadership and personal leadership strategies. Conant was…

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Social Purpose a CFO Can Love

In a recent Harvard Business Review article, UPS CFO Kurt Kuehn makes the case that social purpose and financial returns are not intrinsically at odds. In fact, they are intertwined in the creation of value over the long term: “My approach is rooted in two beliefs: that companies have a responsibility to contribute to society and the environment, and that every…

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Larry Senn: The Power of Purpose

Larry Senn, dubbed the “father of corporate culture,” brought a dramatic demonstration of the impact of positive culture to the Center’s annual CEO conference in January 2014. Senn asked the assembled executives and thought leaders to stand up. He then gave simple instructions: take the next 30 seconds to thank as many of those around…

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CEOs Discuss the Power of Purpose

A Gathering of Leading Executives and Thought Leaders Purpose drives performance. Whether examining financial returns, customer satisfaction, or employee engagement, firms that embrace the challenge of making a positive contribution to the world outpace their more short-term focused rivals. That was the overwhelming consensus when The Center for Higher Ambition Leadership hosted its third annual…

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