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8 top business leaders on the habits they want to cultivate in 2023

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8 top business leaders on the habits they want to cultivate in 2023

As 2022 draws to a close, top business leaders are making plans for the year ahead.

You probably are too. For anyone looking for inspiration, CNBC Make It asked leaders across industries what habits they want to cultivate in 2023.

This is what they had to say.


david schwarzbach, CFO

“Working from home means sitting much more than in the office, where meetings and lunch kept me on the go. Without those moments, it becomes more difficult to stay focused throughout the day. While I’m not someone who normally makes resolutions, On New Year’s Eve, I realized that I need to set aside time each day to get out of my chair and reset. I’ve found that taking a few minutes after lunch to weed the garden or walk the dog is the perfect antidote to Zoom fatigue.” .

Dell Technologies

Jen Felch, Chief Digital Officer and CIO

“As we enter 2023, I am focused on cultivating the habit of asking better questions. Our innovations and solutions are driven by how well we understand the opportunity in front of us. The right questions have the potential to extract context that can help us. we create something wonderful out of the ordinary. Digital transformation doesn’t just happen – people make it happen! The more those people know about the what and why of the problems they are solving or for whom they are solving them, the more opportunities we have to delight us.”


Naomi Wheeless, Global Director of Customer Success

“Burnout is often top of mind for everyone at the end of the year, especially when we reflect on all we’ve accomplished and how hard we’ve worked. As leaders, we often act first to reduce burnout on our teams, and try to convince ourselves myself and our employees that we are invincible.In 2023, I am resolving to address my own executive burnout and be more authentic about it.I am giving myself the grace and permission to be burned out and address my needs.

I must make sure that I am being the best version of myself, because that leader will achieve the best results for her team, company and clients. Our Square sellers probably understand executive burnout better than anyone, as they are entrepreneurs who often have many roles in their business and can’t take many days off.

Next year, I’m thinking more about the time I’ll take off and planning ahead now. I’m also leaning into my morning routine: time for myself, my family, movement and prayer, to be ready for whatever the universe may throw at me on any given day.”


Esi Eggleston Bracey, President of Unilever USA and CEO of Personal Care, Unilever North America

“By 2023, I have set myself a few goals as part of my wellness action plan for myself and my team:

1. ‘Say No’ List:

I am a yes person and enjoy giving my time to people and projects, but I know that by saying ‘yes’ to too many things, I am taking energy and time away from other priorities. My goal is to say ‘no’ to five questions a week and add more energy to the things that matter most in my professional and personal life.

2. Diary:

I meticulously plan for the future of the businesses I run, and I would like to bring that same kind of intentionality into my personal life. I will spend one hour a week journaling and creating dreams for the future.

3. Meditation:

I meditate, but I’m inconsistent, mostly reactive when I feel stress. In 2023, I commit to meditate 10 minutes a day, five days a week.

Four. Generate power for my equipment:

It’s been another long year and the opening up to the world has been wonderful and overwhelming. We concluded this year with a week of energy that included structured activities with the themes ‘Focus on me’, ‘Focus on us’, ‘Focus on the community’. In 2023, we plan to do a few more of these weeks where we pause to reflect and re-prioritize, building energy as we go.”

hp inc

Savi Baveja, director of strategy and incubation

“It is a priority for the coming year to help my team unleash their entrepreneurial spirit. In 2023 it will be important to adopt a more people-focused approach to innovation: building our ‘rebel community’ where incubation and innovative thinking it is part of the way we work every day.

Some of the strategies that I see essential to do this are:

  • Promote inclusive incubation: Instead of hijacking incubation inside a box on an org chart, make incubation tools and services available to every part of the business, to help overcome inertia and foster open innovation.
  • Give teams the confidence to seize opportunities: It’s critical to have a culture where you know you’re safe to take risks and try new things, which encourages real entrepreneurship.
  • Build an innovation community: In addition to brainstorming and shared learning across the company, we should encourage mentoring and sponsorship for intrapreneurial employees.

Within HP and beyond, I’ve seen how encouraging internal employee entrepreneurship can help people unlock the joyous and creative experiences they want most in their careers.

Ultimately, entrepreneurial employees have a passion to make the ‘new’ happen, overcome obstacles and inspire real innovation all around them.”


sarah friarCEO

“In 2023, there are several important habits I will cultivate to help me and the Nextdoor team succeed. First, I will live and work with a purpose: to find that space where I can work on what I’m good at, what I’m passionate about and what the world needs. At Nextdoor, that purpose is to cultivate a kinder world where everyone has a neighborhood they can trust. This year will bring challenges for many battling the recession. Our team has an opportunity to impact communities around the world by enabling people to discover nearby opportunities, earn and save money, make new connections and offer help in the neighborhood.Similarly, we can help local businesses connect with customers in unique and hyper-local ways.

Second, I will continue to lead with empathy and transparency at the forefront. Meeting neighbors in real life helps me understand their needs and wants. And by communicating openly and honestly with our organization, I can better lead through the volatility that 2023 will undoubtedly bring.”


cameron adamsco-founder and product manager

“In 2023 I would love to read more books. It’s a habit I’ve given up as my days have become more crowded (work and family), but it’s always incredibly inspiring to read the thoughts of others. Novels help inspire me .creatively and dream of new ideas nonfiction inspires me to build a better business and help others at work.

Along with that, I would also love to write more. It was one of the first ways I began to explore my field of expertise, started conversations with others, and perhaps most importantly, built a fantastic network of like-minded people who gave me opportunities in creative technology and entrepreneurship, which is why I always It’s been worth the investment of time.”


Susan Daimler, President

“Restrictions force creativity and focus. That’s why in times like this, with budget and resource constraints and for us, an uncertain real estate market, I’m especially excited about the job. I want our team to constantly ask themselves, ‘Does Am I working on things that can really move the needle and think of new ways and approaches to get the job done?’ Because, as we approach 2023, we have ambitious goals, a bold vision to digitize the real estate transaction, and these are the moments when inspired solutions often emerge.”

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