Transforming Ambition — Moving from Self-Centered to Other Centered

Abraham Lincoln’s law partner and eventual biographer said that Lincoln was “a little engine that knew no rest.” In other words, he was ambitious. Ambition is a key that unlocks our drive to make a difference. If you are not ambitious, you will probably not make the sacrifices necessary to channel endless amounts of energy…

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Hot New Social Network Opts for Benefit Corp Status

Public benefit corporations are on the rise. Public benefit corporations include considerations beyond shareholder returns in their governing documents, putting values on par with financial objectives. Among the latest is Ello, all the buzz among social network watchers. Unlike its rivals, Ello has said that it will not take advertising and will not mine user…

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Where Does Leadership Live?

This post by Eric McNulty originally appeared at Strategy+Business: For all the business community talks about leadership, there is little exploration of the basic assumptions we make about it—what constitutes leadership, who we should call leaders, and what qualities a leader should demonstrate. Yet those assumptions are exactly what we (and our organizations) base so…

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Doug Conant: 3 Simple Steps To Make Every Interaction Count

This post by Doug Conant, former CEO of Campbell Soup Company and Center for Higher Ambition Leadership board member, provides a concise introduction to his concept using everyday encounters to make a significant difference in the business and in peoples’ lives. He calls them “touchpoints” and we feel they are essential to higher ambition leadership.…

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A Stakeholder Shot Heard Round the World?

Unrest at a family-owned Massachusetts-based grocery chain has implications for the broader debate over shareholder versus stakeholder capitalism   At its inception, the dispute within the DeMoulas family over the future of their chain of 71 Market Basket supermarkets looked like just one more squabble in a privately held company. As it has unfolded, however,…

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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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