Four Principles of Transformation: What I Learned from Mark Bertolini, CEO and Chairman of Aetna

A version of this post by Center for Higher Ambition Leadership Executive Fellow Doug Wilson originally appeared on his blog. Mark Bertolini is an innovator. He likes to push the boundaries of common thinking and find new solutions to big problems. One huge problem we face today is America’s bureaucratic spaghetti mess in health care.…

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Trust: The Leadership Skill that Matters Most

Doug Conant, Center for Higher Ambition Leadership board member and chair of the Center’s Higher Ambition Leadership Institute, recently co-authored a compelling article for Harvard Business Review with Stephen M.R. Covey on the topic of trust. Their evidence-based argument is that trust building is not a nice-to-have “soft” skill but rather a core competency for…

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Strategic Capability through Social Good at BD

For decades, BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) has built strategic capability while simultaneously addressing population health issues. Often they have found that focusing on the social need can both benefit society and lead to business opportunity. For example, through their non-profit work supporting Jonas Salk’s efforts toward a polio vaccine, BD developed the first fully…

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Exponential Engagement: Tapping Into the Hearts and Minds of Your Employees

Center Executive Fellow, Douglas A. Wilson, profiles Golden State Foods, its CEO Mark Wetterau, and both the impactful work and unique operational model of the company’s foundation (GSF Foundation) — an entity that has had a marked positive effect on numerous children’s charitable organizations and schools throughout the country.  Golden State Food’s model is invaluable to any CEO looking to create or improve upon employee…

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Southern California Launches Higher Ambition Community

  Steve Thorne and Scott Beck share how structure trumps strategy   Pacific Dental Services (Pacific Dental), a Center for Higher Ambition Leadership member company, has a vision to become the greatest dental company in America. In pursuit of this goal, the company is galvanized by what can be achieved when everyone discovers the untapped…

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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…

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