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

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

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

Here’s what he had to say.


David Schwarzbach, chief Financial Officer

“Working from home means so much more than sitting in an office where meetings and lunches used to keep me going. Without those moments, it becomes hard to maintain my concentration throughout the day. I’ve realized that I need to set aside time each day to get up from my chair and start again. I’ve found that taking a few minutes after lunch to weed the garden or walk the dog Jogging is the perfect antidote to Zoom fatigue.”

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Jen Felch, Chief Digital Officer & CIO

“Going into 2023, I am focused on developing the habit of asking better questions. Our innovation and solutions are driven by how well we understand the opportunity in front of us. The right questions bring out the context. Has the ability to extract that can help.” We create something amazing versus the ordinary. Digital transformation doesn’t just happen — people make it happen! The more those people know what and why they are solving problems or who they are solving it for, the more chances they have to please us.”

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naomi wheelless anal Global Head of Customer Success

“Burnout is often at the top of everyone’s mind at the end of the year, especially when we reflect on what we’ve accomplished and how hard we’ve worked. As leaders, we often see burnout on our teams. Let’s act first to reduce it—and try to convince ourselves and our employees that we’re unstoppable. In 2023, I’m resolving to tackle my own executive burnout, and be more authentic about it. To be. I am giving myself the grace and permission to be lit and to have my needs met.

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I have to make sure that I am the best version of myself as that leader to get the best results for my team, company and customers. Our Square sellers probably understand executive burnout better than any entrepreneur, who often wears multiple hats within their business and doesn’t take many vacation days.

Next year, I’m being more thoughtful about the time I’ll take off and mapping it out already. I’m also leaning into my morning routine — time for myself, my family, for movement and prayer — so that I’m ready for anything the universe might throw my way on any given day.


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

“For 2023, I have set some goals for myself and my team as part of the Wellness Action Plan:

1. ‘Say No’ List,

I am a yes person and enjoy giving my time to people and projects, but I know that in 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 channel more energy into the things that matter most in my professional and personal life.

2. journaling,

I carefully plan for the future in the businesses I lead, and I want to have the same kind of intention in my personal life. I will dedicate one hour per week to journaling and creating dreams for the future.

3. attention,

I meditate but I am inconsistent, doing it mostly reactively when I feel stressed. In 2023, I commit to meditating 10 minutes a day, five days a week.

4. Build energy for my teams,

It’s been another long year and opening up to the world has been both wonderful and overwhelming. We ended the year with an Energy Week consisting of structured activities with the theme ‘Focus on Me’, ‘Focus on We’, ‘Focus on Community’. In 2023, we plan to do a few more of these weeks, where we will pause to reflect and re-prioritize energy creation as we move forward.”

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HP Inc.

Savi Baweja, Chief Strategy and Incubation Officer

“Helping my team unleash their entrepreneurial spirit is a priority over the next year. Adopting a more people-centred approach to innovation will be key in 2023 – building our ‘community of rebels’ where incubation and out-of-the-box thinking It’s part of the way we do things every day.

Here are some of the strategies I see necessary to do this:

  • promoting inclusive incubationMake incubation tools and services available to every part of the company, rather than isolating incubation within a box on an organization chart, to help overcome inertia and nurture open innovation.
  • Give teams the confidence to take risks: It’s important to have a culture where you know you’re safe to take risks and try new things, which fosters true entrepreneurship.
  • create an innovation community: In addition to the exchange of ideas and shared learning across the business, we need to encourage mentorship and sponsorship for intrapreneurial employees.

Inside and outside of HP, I’ve seen how encouraging intrapreneurship among employees can help people unlock the most joyful, creative experiences in their careers.

Ultimately, entrepreneurial employees have a passion for being ‘new’, breaking barriers, and inspiring real innovation all around them.”

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sarah fryerCEO

“There are several key habits I will develop in 2023 to help me and the Nextdoor team succeed. First, I will live and work with purpose – finding a place where I can work at what I am good at. I am who I am.” I’m passionate about it, and what the world needs. At Nextdoor, he aims to cultivate a kinder world where everyone has a neighborhood they can count on. This year will bring challenges for many people battling the recession. Our team has the opportunity to impact communities around the globe by enabling people to discover nearby opportunities, earn and save money, make new connections, and offer help in the neighborhood. That’s how we can help local businesses connect with customers in unique, hyperlocal ways.

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Second, I will continue to lead with compassion 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 best lead them through the volatility that 2023 will undoubtedly bring.”


Cameron AdamsCo-Founder & Chief Product Officer

“In 2023 I’d love to read more books. It’s a habit I’ve lost as my days (of work and family) become more full, but it’s always incredibly inspiring to read others’ thoughts.” Novel help inspire me.” creatively and dream of new ideas; Nonfiction inspires me to build a better business and help others at work.

Also I would love to get back to writing more. It was one of the first ways in which I began to explore my area of ​​expertise, spark discussions with others, and – perhaps most importantly – build a great network of like-minded people, who inspired me to delve into creative technology and entrepreneurship. given the opportunities, so it’s always been worth the investment of time.”


Susan Daimler, President

“Constraints force creativity and focus. That’s why in times like these – with budget and resource limitations and for us, an uncertain housing market – I’m especially excited about the work. I want to Our team is constantly asking themselves, ‘Am I working on things that can really move the needle and are thinking of new ways and approaches to get the job done?’ Because, as we enter 2023, we have ambitious goals, a bold vision to digitize real estate transactions and these are the moments where inspired solutions often emerge.”

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