Archive: February 2014

The real-world value of an MIT Sloan Executive Certificate

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 7 months and 28 days ago

“It’s like getting an MBA in two weeks,” says Tauseef Ayaz, who recently completed anMIT Sloan Executive Certificate in Management and Leadership.

Executive certificates are earned by taking four courses—three in a chosen track, and one more in any of the three tracks. Ayaz earned his certificate with four Management and Leadership programs that really pack a punch: Transforming Your Leadership Strategy;Essential Law Executives: The MIT AdvantageStrategic Marketing for the Technical Executiveand Fundamentals of Finance for the Technical Executive

An account manager at Nokia—a global leader in mobile communications—Ayaz says he found the courses challenging and in line with his career. In addition, he says the short-term schedule allowed him to complete the certificate without too much time away from the office. “The program’s flexibility was very helpful. It was just the right amount of time and effort.”

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Challenges and solutions for women entrepreneurs

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 8 months ago

In a recent report from The Daily Finance, Dell had successfully launched its first female global entrepreneurship and development index, or GEDI, created to measure high-potential female entrepreneurship based on individual aspirations, business environments, and entrepreneurial ecosystems. According to the female GEDI, the U.S. was ranked the best country—number 1 out of 17 countries indexed—to be a female entrepreneur.

According to Professor Fiona Murray of MIT Sloan, however, women still have a long way to go. In an interview with Rob Matheson of MIT News, Murray expands on the specific inequalities in female entrepreneurship and what businesses and higher education can do now, to build a better future for female entrepreneurs.

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Networking your way to new products

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 8 months and 4 days ago

Many companies get it wrong when it comes to creating new products. They focus on what they need for revenue streams, how to evolve current products into new extensions, and immersing themselves in their R&D labs. Then they take the new product out to a focus group to get feedback.

This process, however, is backwards. Innovative products really come from users who have a need for something. And often, those users are finding workarounds to solve their needs. Research conducted by Eric von Hippel, Professor of Management of Innovation and Engineering Systems at MIT Sloan, in collaboration with Steven Flowers, Jeroen de Jong, and Tanja Sinozic, found that 6.1% of consumers over the age of 18 in the U.K. had created or modified a product for their own use within the last three years.

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Are companies missing out on great candidates?

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 8 months and 4 days ago

As of January 10, 2014, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of “long-term unemployed” Americans (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) was 3.9 million, accounting for 37.7% of the unemployed.

Unfortunately, as reported in a recent Boston Globe article about worsening job prospects for the long-term unemployed, “Research by Rand Ghayad, a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, has shown that employers frequently screen out job candidates who have been unemployed for more than six months.” That means the prospects are dim for many of those long out of work. And many of these people are educated, white-collar, experienced workers.

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The ins and outs of managing up and down

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 8 months and 6 days ago

This is the final post in a series about Bob Pozen’s approach to personal productivity and high performance.

Our first and second posts in this series have focused primarily on Bob Pozen’s tips for improving your productivity as an individual. Below, we suggest approaches to improving productivity within an organization through the proactive management of relationships at work.

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An interview with MIT Sloan Executive Education participant Markus Greif

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 8 months and 11 days ago

Markus Greif, Manager in Transaction Advisory Services at international consultancy firm EY, spoke recently with MIT Sloan Executive Education about his experience at the School; why he chose MIT Sloan for his post-graduate studies, as well as the benefits he received from the programs.

What executive education courses have you taken at MIT Sloan?
During 2009-2010, I attended Understanding and Solving Complex Business ProblemsLeadership Accountability and the Law (nowEssential Law for Executives: The MIT Advantage);Understanding Global Markets: Macroeconomics for Executives; and Reinventing Your Business Strategy. In addition, I received an Executive Certificate in Strategy and Innovation in 2010.

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Five tips for improving every-day productivity

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 8 months and 12 days ago

This is the second in a series of three posts about Bob Pozen’s approach to personal productivity and high performance.

We’ve all been there—staring down the week’s to-do list with the best of intentions, only to find, at the end of the week, that we didn’t accomplish everything that was required us. Our tasks get carried over into the following week, and before we know it, we’re caught in the paradox of being simultaneously too busy and minimally productive.

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Ready, set, prioritize

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 8 months and 17 days ago

This is the first in a series of three posts about Bob Pozen’s approach to personal productivity and high performance.

What stands between you and the more productive version of you—the person who meets his or her personal and professional goals on a daily, monthly, and yearly basis? Robert Pozen provides concrete answers to this question in his new course, Maximizing Your Personal Productivity, offered on March 20-21 by MIT Sloan Executive Education.

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