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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From Purpose to Impact

It is one thing to talk about purpose-driven leadership and quite another to turn that espoused purpose into real-world impact, according to Nick Craig, president of the Authentic Leadeship Institute, and Scott Snook, a senior lecturer at Harvard Business School. Here at the Center for Higher Ambition Leadership, we’re all about turning aspirations into practice; we think…

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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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Changing from Maximizing Proft to Maximizing Impact

Third in a series on the Higher Ambition session at the Academy of Management’s 2013 annual meeting. Cascade Engineering CEO Fred Keller (left) participated in the Higher Ambition panel at the recent Academy of Management annual meeting in Tampa, Florida. In Keller’s view and experience, seeing social and financial good as an either/or choice is…

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