Kate Isaacs on Solving Wicked Problems

Higher Ambition leaders face what are known as “wicked problems” when they become involved in tackling multi-stakeholder issues. Wicked problems are those where the causes and solutions are difficult to discern. Poverty is a classic large-scale wicked problem. However, with the increased concern about the social impact of business, formerly straightforward challenges have escalated into thorny, complex wicked ones. Our research…


On Being Humble and Hungry: A Conversation with Howard Schultz

Although most of us are familiar with Starbucks coffee, few of us might be aware of all that transpires behind the scenes. At the helm is CEO, Howard Schultz, who has successfully powered through the ups-and-downs of the company’s changing fortunes—including the current kerfuffle over changes to its loyalty program—with a consistent focus on Starbuck’s…

Cradle-to-Cradle balances short and long term considerations

Cradle-to-Cradle Higher Ambition

One of the more interesting emerging areas of co-creating social and economic value is the cradle-to-cradle movement: making goods that are never thrown away because they are continually reused, repurposed, or recycled. The future lives of a product and its components are considered from the beginning as is their impact on the full range of…


Getting Sirius About Higher Ambition

Recently, Center for Higher Ambition Leadership’s Russ Eisenstat and Mike Beer sat down to dissect the meaning, impact, and evolution of higher ambition with hosts Katherine Klein and Jacob Gray on Wharton’s Business Radio on SiriusXM. The show, Dollars and Change, highlights individuals and organizations using their business acumen to change lives. It provided a…


Servant Leadership: Examining the Evidence

Servant leadership is a concept popular among Higher Ambition CEOs. Seeing leadership as a form of service is a natural complement to a stakeholder view of capitalism and a belief that businesses exist to create social as well as financial value. Now empirical evidence is emerging that servant leadership can have a positive impact on…

Leaders are ambassadors for their organizations

Leaders: Your Critical Role as Ambassadors

Leaders must be ambassadors, says Center board member Doug Conant in a recent post at Conant Leadership. He speaks wisely on the power generated by leaders who choose to demonstrate and champion their values, priorities, and both personal and professional mission to achieve the greatest impact on the greatest number of people within their organizations. When they act as ambassadors,…