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…

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…

NYU Langone Medical Center

The Higher Ambition Transformation of NYU Langone Medical Center

In a new article in strategy+business, Center Executive Fellow Doug Wilson, Center board member Nathaniel Foote of TruePoint, and Eric J. McNulty of the Program for Healthcare Negotiation and Conflict Resolution at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health chronicle the dramatic transformation of NYU Langone Medical Center, A Center for Higher Ambition Leadership…

Henry Schein Highlights the Power of the Private Sector to Make a Better World for the Displaced

Recently, the UN General Assembly hosted a high-level summit in New York to address the plight of refugees and migrants, with the aim of bringing societies together behind a more humane and coordinated approach. At the world leaders’ summit on Tuesday, President Barack Obama said, “the refugee crisis is one of the urgent tests of…

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.…

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…

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…