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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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…

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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…

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…

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…

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…