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.

Maybe you are too. For anyone looking for inspiration, CNBC Make It asked leaders in various industries what habits they want to improve in 2023.

This is what they said.


David Schwarzbach, Chief Financial Officer

“Working from home means staying longer than the office where meetings and lunches keep me busy. Without those moments, it would be harder to keep my mind. throughout the day. While I’m not one to make New Year’s resolutions, I find that taking a few minutes after lunch to weed the garden or walk the dog is This is the perfect solution to Zoom’s weakness.”

Dell Technologies

Jen Felch, Chief Digital Officer and CIO

“Going to 2023, I’m focused on developing a habit of asking better questions. Our innovations and solutions are driven by how well we understand the space at hand. before us. we create something beautiful and unusual. Digital transformation does not just happen – people make it happen! .”


Naomi Willa, Customer Success Leadership

“Burning out is always more thoughtful for everyone at the end of the year, especially when we think about everything we have achieved and how hard we have worked. Our employees cannot we overcome. In 2023, I am deciding to overcome my own special power, and to be more real about it.

I have to make sure that I am a great example to myself, because that leader will achieve the best results for his team, company and customers. Traders at the Square probably understand the regulatory deadlock better than anyone else, as traders often wear many hats in their business and are not getting many days off.

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Next year, I’m thinking more about how much time I’m going to waste and pre-install that now. I’m also relying on my morning routine – time for myself, my family, movement and prayer – so I’m ready for whatever the universe may throw at me on any given day.”


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

“For 2023, I have set a few goals as part of my success plan for myself and my team:

1. ‘Do Not’ List:

I am a yes person and love to give my time to people and projects, but I know that saying ‘yes’ to many things, I spend energy and time from other things to take have priority. My goal is to say ‘no’ to five questions a week and put more energy into the things that matter most in my professional and personal life.

2. Writer:

I carefully plan the future for the businesses I lead, and I want to put that same kind of purpose into my own life. I will dedicate an hour a week to journaling and creating dreams for the future.

3. Meditation:

I meditate but I am incoherent, I often do it violently when I feel stressed. In 2023, I am committing to meditate 10 minutes a day, five days a week.

4. Build momentum for my teams:

Another long year and the opening of the world has been beautiful and overwhelming. We ended this year with a strong week that included organized activities with the themes ‘Focus on Me,’ ‘Focus on Us,’ ‘Focus on Communities.’ In 2023, we plan to have a few of these weeks where we take a break to reflect and re-prioritize, building strength as we move forward.

HP Inc.

Savi Baveja, Chief Executive & Incubation Officer

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“A priority in the coming year is to help my team to show their entrepreneurial spirit. In 2023 it will be important to use a way that focuses more people on innovation – build our ‘ community of rebels’ where fear and out-of-the-box thinking are part of the way we work every day.

Some of the guidelines I see are important for doing this:

  • Fostering co-creation: Instead of confining productivity in a box on an organization chart, make productivity tools and services available to each part of the company, to help overcome inertia and nurture new ideas.
  • Give teams the confidence to take advantage of: It’s important to have a culture where you know you’re safe to take risks and try new things, which really improves business.
  • Create a new community: In addition to sharing ideas and sharing knowledge in the business, we need to strengthen the mentoring and support for intrapreneurial employees.

Within HP and beyond, I’ve seen the empowerment of intrapreneurship employees can help people unlock the fun, creative pursuits they so desire in their careers.

Finally, entrepreneurial employees have a desire to make ‘new’ happen, are encouraged by obstacles, and inspire innovation around them.


Sarah FriarChief Executive Officer

“In 2023 there are many important habits that I will develop to help me and the Nextdoor team succeed. First, I will live and work with purpose – find that opportunity that can be I work on what I’m good at, what I’m passionate about, and what the world needs. At Nextdoor, that goal is to foster a kinder world where everyone has a neighborhood that can be trusted. the globe by allowing people to find nearby opportunities, earn and save money, make new connections, and offer help to the neighborhood’ We also help local businesses connect with customers in unique, hyperlocal ways.

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Second, I will always lead with understanding and clarity forward. 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 the disruption that 2023 will undoubtedly bring.”


Cameron AdamsCo-Founder & Chief Product Officer

“In 2023 I would love to read more books. It’s a habit that’s gone because my days are getting fuller (with work and family), but it’s so amazing to read other people’s thoughts. Stories help inspire me. creativity and dreaming up new ideas; not fiction that motivates me to build a better business and help others in the profession.

Along with that, I’d love to get back to writing more. It was one of the first ways I began to explore my expertise, start conversations with others, and – perhaps most importantly – build an amazing network of like-minded people who gave me access to creative technology and business, so it was a very worthwhile investment of time.”


Susan Daimler, President

“Obstacles encourage creativity and focus. That’s why in times like this – with limited budget and resources and for us, an uncertain housing market – I’m really interested in the job. what can really move the needle and think of new ways and means to get the job done?’ Because, as we move towards 2023, we have ambitious goals, an ambitious vision to justify land transactions and these are the times when inspiring solutions often arise.

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