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…

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.

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…

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…

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…

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.…

Leadership Essentials

The Trust-based Case for Higher Ambition Leadership

Each January, the global public relations firm Edelman releases its Trust Barometer based on extensive surveys on attitudes toward businesses governments, non-governmental organizations, and the media. The good news from a Higher Ambition perspective is that 75% of those surveyed agree that “a company should take specific actions that both increases profits and improve the…