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

As 2022 draws to a close, top business leaders are laying out 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.

Here’s what they had to say.


David Schwarzbach, Financial director

“Working from home means sitting much more than sitting in the office where meetings and lunch keep me moving. Without these times, it becomes harder to maintain my focus throughout the day. Although I am not someone one who usually makes New Year’s resolutions, I’ve realized that I need to set aside time each day to get out of my chair to reboot. I’ve discovered that taking a few minutes after lunch to weed the garden or take a walk the dog is the perfect antidote to zoom fatigue.

Dell Technologies

Jen Felch, Chief Digital Officer and CIO

“In 2023, I’m focused on making the habit of asking better questions. Our innovations and solutions are driven by our understanding of the opportunity before us. The right questions have the potential to bring out the context that can help we create something wonderful rather than ordinary. Digital transformation doesn’t happen by chance: people do it! The more these people know what and why of the problems they are solving or for whom they are solving it, the more we have occasion to rejoice.”


Naomi Wheeless, Global Customer Success Manager

“Burnout is often a major concern for everyone at the end of the year, especially when we reflect on how much we’ve achieved and how hard we’ve worked. As leaders, we act often first to reduce the burnout of our teams – and try to convince ourselves and our employees that we are invincible.In 2023, I resolve to fight my own burnout and be more authentic about it. I give myself grace and permission to be exhausted and meet my needs.

I have to make sure I’m the best version of myself because that leader will get the best results for their team, their company, and their clients. Our Square salespeople probably understand executive burnout better than anyone, as entrepreneurs who often wear many hats within their company and don’t take many days off.

Next year, I’m thinking more about how much time I’m going to take out and I’m planning ahead now. I also lean into my morning routine – time for myself, my family, movement and prayer – so that I am ready for whatever the universe might 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 myself a few goals as part of my wellness action plan for me and my team:

1. “Say No” List:

I’m a yes person and I like to give my time to people and projects, but I know that by saying “yes” to too many things, I take energy and time away from other priorities. My goal is to say “no” to five requests a week and add more energy to the things that matter most in my professional and personal life.

2. Logging:

I meticulously plan for the future of the businesses I run and would love to put that same kind of intentionality into my personal life. I will dedicate an hour a week to journaling and creating dreams for the future.

3. Meditation:

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

4. Generate energy for my teams:

It’s been another long year and the reopening of the world has been both wonderful and overwhelming. We concluded this year with an energy week that included structured activities on the themes “Focus on me”, “Focus on us”, “Focus on the community”. In 2023, we plan to do a few more weeks of those weeks where we pause to reflect and reprioritize, building the energy as we move forward.”

HP Inc.

Savi Baveja, Director of Strategy and Incubation

“It’s a priority next year to help my team unleash their entrepreneurial spirit. In 2023, it will be important to take a more people-centric approach to innovation – building our ‘community of rebels” where incubation and original thinking is part of the way we work every day.

Some of the strategies that I consider essential to achieve this are:

  • Foster inclusive incubation: Rather than sequestering incubation in a box on an organizational chart, make incubation tools and services available to all business areas, to help overcome inertia and promote open innovation.
  • Give teams the confidence to take risks: Having a culture where you know you’re safe to take risks and try new things is key, which fosters a true entrepreneurial spirit.
  • Create an innovation community: In addition to the exchange of ideas and shared learning within the company, we must encourage mentoring and sponsorship for intrapreneurial employees.

At HP and beyond, I’ve seen how encouraging employee intrapreneurship can help people unlock the joyful and creative experiences they most want in their careers.

Ultimately, entrepreneurial employees have a passion for making the ‘new’ a reality, overcoming obstacles and inspiring true innovation around them.”

The next door

Sarah BrotherCEO

“In 2023, I will cultivate several important habits to help me and the Nextdoor team succeed. First, I will live and work with one purpose: to find that space where I can work on what I am good, what I am passionate about what the world needs. At Nextdoor, the goal is to cultivate a more welcoming world where everyone has a neighborhood they can count on. This year will bring challenges to many people who are battling the recession.Our team has the opportunity to impact communities around the world by enabling people to discover nearby opportunities, earn and save money, establish new relationships and offer help in the neighborhood, and we can help local businesses connect with customers in unique, hyperlocal 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 manage the volatility that 2023 will undoubtedly bring.”


Cameron Adamsco-founder and product manager

“In 2023, I’d like to read more books. It’s a habit that’s faded as my days have become busier (with work and family), but it’s still incredibly inspiring to read minds. novels help me be inspired creatively and dream up new ideas, non-fiction inspires me to build a better business and help others at work.

On top of that, I would also like to get back to writing more. It was one of the first ways I started to explore my area of ​​expertise, start discussions with others, and perhaps most importantly, build a fantastic network of like-minded people. who gave me opportunities in creative technologies and entrepreneurship. has always been worth the investment of time.”


Susan Daimler, President

“Constraints force creativity and focus. That’s why at times like these – with limited budgets and resources, and for us, an uncertain housing market – I’m especially excited about the job. I want our team constantly asks itself, “Am I working on things that can really move the needle and think of new ways and approaches to getting 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 times when inspired solutions often emerge.”

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