Strategic Growth Through Acquisition: CHL Learning Visit at United Rentals Explores Higher Ambition Approaches to Acquisition Integration

How does a Higher Ambition organization approach acquisitions?  With strategic clarity and disciplined execution, as well as empathy, humility, and a willingness to learn.  These were the themes that bubbled to the top during our conversations at a recent Learning Visit at the United Rentals headquarters in Stamford CT.  While the integration approach itself can…

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The Flywheel Philosophy

This week, strategy+business published an important article on a topic fundamental to higher ambition firms—how companies can build deep trust based partnerships with their stakeholders to sustainably deliver superior economic and social value. Founding CHL member company Henry Schein Inc.,  the focus of the article,  is a shining example of this kind of long-term value creation. As…

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From Purpose to Action: CHL Learning Visit at Masonite Highlights How Organizations Can Activate Purpose

By Randi Feinberg

A strong shared purpose can inspire people to innovate and reach for more, keep employees engaged and connected, and fuel a company going through a major turnaround or transformation. Yet activating purpose so that it becomes a living part of a company’s core way of operating, rather than just another “corporate slogan on the wall” is not easy. At the May 23rd Center for Higher Ambition Leadership (CHL) Learning Visit hosted by Masonite, CEOs, CHROs and other senior leaders explored how companies are making purpose actionable – and the business outcomes that make the effort worthwhile.

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Starbucks Misstep: Hurdle Or Golden Opportunity?

The recent arrest of two African American men in a Philadelphia Starbucks, captured on video, sparked racial protests, boycotts and a great deal of press. Higher ambition companies, like all companies, will inevitably make mistakes. What is important is that leaders act with integrity and transparency when things go wrong. In his post, CHL Executive Fellow Doug…

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CEOs Transcend Politics and Transform Social Problems: Michigan’s Talent 2025

  Beyond the big headlines, what can CEOs and their organizations do to really move the needle on complex, stubborn social problems: poverty and inequality, unemployment, health and healthcare inequities, and education disparities?  Fred Keller, chair and founder of Cascade Engineering, and Center for Higher Ambition Leadership Fellow Kate Isaacs recently authored an article highlighting…

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Henry Schein Multi-Stakeholder Focus Builds Sustainable Business Value

Henry Schein Multi-Stakeholder Focus Builds Sustainable Business Value By Gwen Gulick 12/11/17   Leaders from the Center for Higher Ambition Leadership’s (CHL) member companies came together in October for a two-day Learning Visit with Henry Schein. A highlight of the visit was a tour of the company’s busy Indianapolis Distribution Center, where CHL members talked…

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Thrivent Financial Embeds Purpose in Business

Thrivent Financial Embeds Purpose in Business April 21, 2017 By Randi Feinberg   “Be wise with money and live generously” read the sign on the wall in the lobby of Thrivent, a Fortune 300 financial services institution.  A nice sentiment, but how are these words brought to life every day for the employees and customers…

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Innovation is Not Extra Credit at the Hospital for Special Surgery

From the Center for Higher Ambition Leadership’s CEO Video Series – Douglas Wilson interviews Lou Shapiro, CEO of HSS – the top U.S. hospital for musculoskeletal health. Doing the same thing better, time after time, is ultimately a prescription for failure. Why?  Because people outside your company will figure out a better way and beat…

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Leadership basics

Leadership Basics Are Still Key to Success

We liked a recent piece by Eric McNulty in strategy+business because it showed how CEOs from two seemingly completely different companies came to the same conclusions about the importance of employees finding meaning at work, supplying pathways for growth and development, and leading for a higher purpose–all themes central to Higher Ambition leadership. McNulty noted the…

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Daily habits are key to effective leadership.

Doug Conant’s Five Habits of Effective Leaders

We enjoyed this recent post by Center for Higher Ambition Leadership board member Doug Conant. It originally appeared on his site, ConantLeadership.com. We find it useful because it helps counter the myth of the heroic, all-knowing leader. Doug draws on his successful tenure as a top executive to reveal what really leads to success as…

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A Roadmap to Get Beyond Short-Termism

Short-termism has received a lot of attention. A recent piece in Harvard Business Review highlighted the findings of a Center for Higher Ambition Leadership research study exploring how to align short- and long-term performance objectives. The study was conducted by Director of Research and Practice Development Kate Isaacs, Executive Fellow David Langstaff, and Executive Director Russ Eisenstat.…

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