The Challenge

Credit Suisse wanted to explore what lies behind business success and unearth some of the essential ingredients inherent in entrepreneurial leadership.

Credit Suisse has entrepreneurial drive in its DNA. The bank was founded in 1856 by Alfred Escher to help fund the development of Swiss rail. As part of a restructure in 2018, Credit Suisse wanted to return to this entrepreneurial heritage and its support for innovators under CEO Tidjane Thiam.

Credit Suisse wanted to be seen as an ambassador of not just entrepreneurs, but those working within corporate structures and demonstrating entrepreneurial thinking. This partnership was also considered to be a key opportunity to promote the progressive work of Credit Suisse's Impact Advisory Department.

Many investment banks want to position themselves around successful business leaders but Credit Suisse wanted to drill down further to delve into the mindsets of those successful people. What are the personal drivers that have helped them to succeed? Are these shared amongst others? Through a better understanding, is it possible to reflect on our own business drivers?