Chrissy Couglin, host of Nature of Business, shares the wisdom of higher-ambition leaders — the former and current CEOs of United Stationers, Becton Dickinson (BD), Campbell Soup, and Con-way, Inc.  Listen here.

Douglas Conant, former president and CEO of Campbell's talks about how to improve staff morale with Harvard Business Review.  Get Your Employees Engaged

A collection of engaging interviews with executives from United Stationers, BD, Microsoft India, and Activate Healthcare from Harvard Business Review.

Deanna M. Mulligan, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America shares her decision to sacrifice short-term sales growth in order to keep Guardian’s long-term commitments to its customers. Listen here.



It took three tries before Cascade Engineering, Inc. figured out how to hire people on welfare and integrate them into their workforce. Fred Keller, President and CEO, reflects on the unexpected twist and turns of institutionalizing a good intention. Listen here.






Distinct from other research on “people centric” or “socially responsible companies,” our four-year study examined leadership behavior in creating superior social and financial performance.  

Ed Ludwig CEO of the medical technology company, Becton Dickinson (BD), from 2000 to 2011 says turning around a company in trouble must start with the truth. Read the case study.

Stanley Bergman, chairman and CEO of Henry Schein, writes why CSR should be the focus for any CEO in "In everyone's interest."

David Langstaff, president and CEO of TASC, Inc., on why "Boards of Director: Doing Just Half the Job."



Ed Ludwig, former CEO of BD and Mike Beer, chairman of TruePoint, discuss how leading organizations are optimizing both their performance and people without sacrificing one for the other. Higher Ambition: How Great Leaders Create Economic and Social Value



“United Stationers: Enabling Our Partners to Succeed” by Michael Beer and Russ Eisenstat, Harvard Business School, October 26, 2011 (This case is available at Harvard Business School Press.)

“Becton Dickinson: Opportunities and Challenges on the Road to the ‘Envisioned Future.’ ” By Russ Eisenstat with Michael Beer, Harvard Business School, October 27, 2011. Revised March 7, 2012. (This case is available at Harvard Business School Press.)


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