Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 18 hours ago
If you've ever thought about pursuing some type of advanced education, the beginning of a new year is a great time to pursue it. To help you get started, MIT is hosting a complimentary Open House for professionals in the Greater Boston area on February 16, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. EST. Attendees can explore the various programs offered to technical professionals and business leaders.
In addition to having an opportunity to mingle with program representatives and alumni, the Open House will give attendees a chance to hear from renowned MIT Sloan Professor Nelson Repenning. In his presentation, Repenning plans to give some insight into the foundations of systems thinking--a discipline that is core to MIT's management approach--including thoughts about:
Structure generates behavior: Context plays a significant role in determining how people behave.
Mental models matter: It is not enough to change a system’s physical structure.
Systems Thinking does not come naturally: Our first instinct is to blame people instead of systems.
System Dynamics Model of Continuous Improvement: Well-intentioned leaders often fall into a "capability trap" when pressured to deliver faster growth and higher earnings, inadvertently undermining essential capabilities needed for success.
Attendees also will have an opportunity to learn more about the individual programs from the departments that are jointly sponsoring the event.
Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 1 month and 1 day ago
If you're a Boston-area professional seeking to make a big impact on your organization and your career, here is your chance. This spring, MIT Sloan Executive Education offers an eight-week intensive program designed for high-potential professionals interested in enhancing their management skills, leadership capabilities, and ability to manifest change.
The popular Greater Boston Executive Program (GBEP) was developed nearly six decades ago in response to the unique management development needs of Boston-area companies. These firms recognized that continuing education in management principles was essential for developing managers who could assume additional responsibilities in their organizations. They wanted to expose their people to current thinking in management philosophy--without taking them away from work for long periods.
With the help of MIT's then president Howard W. Johnson, the sponsoring Greater Boston companies set up the first session of the Greater Boston Executive Program in Business Management in the spring of 1958. From the beginning, participating companies have contributed to the success of the program by their selection of managers, vice presidents, assistant treasurers, controllers, and senior research personnel to attend.
After a one-year hiatus in 2015, the Greater Boston Executive Program was updated and relaunched as part of the MIT Sloan Executive Education portfolio.
Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 1 month and 4 days ago
If you missed any of our webinars in 2016, we have good news--you can access all the complimentary recordings in our webinar library. Jump right in and explore the latest research and innovations from MIT Sloan faculty.
Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 1 month and 28 days ago
There are many reasons to engage in continuing education, including developing core competencies, learning new business skills, or preparing for a new role. However, the benefits of attending executive education programs often extend well beyond the specific skills and frameworks acquired. At MIT Sloan Executive Education, our participants consistently remark on the value of networking with like-minded peers from around the world. And while both our in-person and online programs enable participants to connect and collaborate, our in-person programs—ranging from two days to one month in duration—provide remarkable opportunities for personal connections.
What to expect at MIT
MIT Sloan Executive Education programs are typically held in rooms with tables that seat six to eight participants. Often the tables are round, allowing for a great deal of interaction. Faculty lead exercises that require or encourage table mates to work together. This is an excellent way to meet others in a small, friendly setting. Participants are also often asked to rotate tables, enabling even more interaction.
On the first day of class, breakfast is served in the room where the course is held. Talking to another person as you grab coffee or sit to eat your morning bagel will feel natural. The course breaks for lunch, which is held in the same building where the classes take place, so this is another terrific opportunity to take a seat next to someone you have yet to meet.
In the evening, after the first day of the program, there is a cocktail hour that is held near the classroom. If you missed your chance to talk to someone during the day, this is a very relaxed time to connect with others.
Tips for networking with your peers
If you are planning to enroll in one of our courses, here are a few tips to help you break the ice with the other program participants:
If you're anxious about approaching strangers, just remind yourself that others feel the exact same way! It's often a welcomed relief when one person makes the first overture. Everyone wants to connect with someone else, and it's always nice when someone else takes the initiative to start a conversation.
During breaks, talk to someone who was at your table during class, and bring up a comment that they said during the lecture, or ask them how they like the class so far. Or, sit with someone at lunch and strike up a conversation.
Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 4 months and 5 days ago
Robert Robertson is president of the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute and recently received an Executive Certificate in Strategy and Innovation at MIT Sloan Executive Education. In this interview, Dr. Robertson shares his thoughts about the experience and how he has applied those lessons in his professional endeavors
Initially, what made you consider the MIT Sloan Executive Certificate? The reason I chose the MIT Sloan Executive Certificate was because of the reputation of the School and recommendations from previous attendees.
Can you share some lessons learned from your MIT Sloan experience? Were you able to apply them in your workplace? The scope and speed of change challenges us all to think outside the box, and these programs afforded the means to address that reality. The training was very practical and relevant. The programs provided excellent cases and exercises that engaged everyone, and in addition, there was a very good range of participants, which added value to the work. Also, the ability to link disruptive innovation to my work was very useful.
What were the highlights of your experience with the programs you completed? The instructors, the environment, the materials, and the planning by all involved were highlights of the programs. In fact, I have retained the materials and still use them. They are excellent! All of the faculty presenters were well prepared, and the sessions were definitely world class. It is difficult for me to single out any one instructor in particular. In my experience, all of the professors reached an exceptionally high standard across the board.
Was there anything that surprised you about the programs? What surprised me initially was the consistent quality across all of the courses. Also, the diversity of the cohorts and the ease with which you could work with the participants was really a plus. It was an enriching experience to be able to work with people from so many different factions. For example, I had course mates from the U.S. military, the European commission, and a large Japanese company. The differences in terms of experience that the participants brought to the table were applicable immediately to my current situation.
Were you able to connect with your classmates? If so, what were the benefits of doing so? The networking opportunities were an important aspect of the classes. I have had good connections from the certificate experience and have maintained contacts in Southeast Asia, Hanoi, and Ho Chi Minh, who have shared emerging issues, trends, and problems—and given me good feedback, which has assisted me in my teaching.
Did the programs meet your expectations? Would you recommend them to colleagues? Overall, the programs exceeded my expectations. They were well organized, and the takeaway materials were excellent. I found the programs to be a very useful and well worth the time and energy to attend. I would highly recommend the experience.
Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 5 months and 20 days ago
Joseph Coughlin, Founder and Director of the MIT Age Lab, was recently elected to the all-volunteer Board of Directors of AARP, the American Association of Retired Persons. Thegoverning body of AARP, the Board provides strategic direction, sets policy, and provides governance oversight for AARP. Directors' responsibilities include approving AARP's strategic plan, approving the budget, and monitoring AARP's finances.
Dr. Coughlin--whose research explores how demographic change, technology, and social trends converge to drive future innovations in business and government--will serve a two-year term on the Board.
Dr. Coughlin is the author of more than 150 publications, a regular contributor to MarketWatch, and publishes Disruptive Demographics on BigThink.com. He is one of Fast Company’s "100 Most Creative People in Business" and was named by TheWall Street Journal as one of "12 pioneers inventing the future of retirement and how we will all live, work, and play tomorrow."
Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 5 months and 18 days ago
"Like a good play or restaurant, this course left me wanting more." That was the sentiment from Brad Evans, Nuclear Operations Division Manager at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, when asked about his thoughts on the MIT Sloan program, Leading Change in Complex Organizations. His fellow participants agree. Leaders of change have a tough job, but MIT Sloan makes it easier to navigate by providing frameworks and encouraging executives to look at situations through multiple lenses.
Effective change leadership is an evergreen struggle for many organizations, so it's no surprise that the MIT Sloan program, which runs once a year in mid-May, continues to be popular with executives around the world. The 2016 program attracted 46 participants from 14 different countries spanning North America, South America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Australia.
Some might say leadership and change go hand in hand. Deanna Lomas, Director of Supply Chain at Telstra in Melbourne, Australia, would take that statement a bit further and quip, "Leadership is change … change of oneself, others, and systems to achieve what may seem impossible. This program teaches you the key tools to start the journey."
Participants in the program are introduced to MIT's approach to leadership, the 4 Capabilities Leadership Model that was created here at MIT Sloan. They learn about the power of networks, both inside and outside of their organizations, how to organize for innovation, and effective methods for managerial decision making. True to MIT's motto of "Mens et Manus," which is Latin for "Mind and Hand," the program also offers opportunities for participants to test their new knowledge through case studies and hands-on simulations that put the learning into practice.
Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 6 months and 9 days ago
With business units as diverse as 20th Century Fox, The Times, MyNetworkTV, National Geographic Channel, and Fox Interactive Media, News Corporation touches 70% of the world's population every day. While its vast reach and numerous holdings are a plus in terms of a successful business model, these elements make for a complex organization, along with challenging leadership responsibilities.
Benson's ultimate goal was to enhance the company executives' skill set so that they could manage their IT operations like businesses and better align the IT activities with the company's diverse business units. Weill suggested a custom program because of MIT Sloan's research and expertise in finance, marketing, leadership development, and generating business value from IT—as well as the program's tailored curriculum and one-on-one coaching aspects. "The key to the success of this program was the combination of MIT Sloan’s reputation, a strong customized curriculum, outstanding faculty, and the ability to deliver it all without relieving people of their day jobs," says Benson.
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