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No office, no desk, no problem: How our team makes flexible, shared workspace actually work

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 1 month and 19 days ago

Open Office plan at MIT Sloan

It’s no secret that the "open layout" has less to do with improving office feng shui than with packing more workers into a smaller space. However, as the MIT Sloan Executive Education team had discovered from our own experience, a smaller open footprint doesn’t necessarily mean crammed quarters when a workspace is designed specifically for the people using it.

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Clarity over certainty, music lessons, and other notes from FRED Forum 2018

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 2 months and 29 days ago

Notes From Fred Forum

For someone who didn’t grow up with the tradition of Thanksgiving, I’ve learned to appreciate the holiday not only in its historical context (for better or worse), but also as an opportunity to practice gratitude. In the spirit of this perhaps unofficial but delightful tradition, I want to express my gratitude for FRED Leadership, an organization dedicated to cultivating ethical, inclusive, and transformational leadership.

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The human side of the Internet of Things

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 3 months and 14 days ago

The human side of IoT

Dr. Peter Hirst, Associate Dean, shares his takeaways from the recent meeting of the Internet of Things Talent Consortium (IoTTC) at the New York Academy of Sciences in Manhattan. You'll be encouraged to know that despite the gloom and doom around the Internet of Things and what it means for jobs, many leaders, particularly those in industry, are discussing the significant changes they are anticipating as well as the jobs that are being created—and very much needed—requiring very human skills and capabilities.

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Embracing the “hacking” mindset in executive education

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 3 months and 19 days ago

Annual workshop of UNICON at MIT

MIT Sloan Executive Education recently hosted the annual workshop of UNICON, the global consortium of university-based executive education providers. This year we brought our hacking culture alive in pursuit of new ideas, specifically about how to harness digital transformation for the future of executive education. Contributed by Peter Hirst, Associate Dean of MIT Sloan Executive Education.

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The Ruderman Family Foundation and MIT present LEAD20@MIT—a digital advocacy and leadership program focused on disability inclusion

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 6 months and 29 days ago


MIT Sloan Executive Education and Ruderman Family Foundation are teaming up for a unique leadership Program for young digital advocates in disability inclusion. Twenty five young leader will come to MIT Sloan Executive Education for a week-long program intended to strengthen their leadership skills and to help form a network that will amplify the impact of their work. Learn more about LEAD20@MIT – Leadership in the Digital Age.

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Space exploration: MIT experiments in open floor, unassigned seating

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 9 months and 24 days ago

MIT experiments in open floor, unassigned seating

In May, our team, along with five other groups at MIT Sloan School of Management, will move into a gorgeous space with amazing views, cool furniture, and a whole new outlook on how we work. There won’t be any offices, corner or otherwise, for anyone including the most senior managers, and our group, the Office of Executive Education, has gone even further and abandoned assigned seating altogether.

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Leading with integrity, part 2: Doing the right thing is a shared success

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 11 months and 23 days ago

Principled leadership

Leadership can take many forms. Leaders can be humble or egotistic, measured or impulsive, inclusive listeners or single-minded dictators. I believe that it’s important to distinguish between personal qualities that may appear harsh as opposed to truly unethical behavior. Sometimes obliviousness to the effects of one’s words and actions can be mistaken for deliberate disregard for people’s feelings and possibly even for rules and laws. The opposite can be true, also ...

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Leading with integrity, part 1: Does a hard line lead to a slippery slope?

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 1 year and 7 days ago

Leading with Integrity by Peter Hirst

When prominent CEOs resigned from White House advisory councils a while ago, their action sent a message—sincerely held personal beliefs and espoused corporate values trumped potential business benefits of remaining close to political power. The names of these CEOs reverberated through the public discourse attracting considerable praise of their personal integrity. Yet, far too often, business leaders are cast in less flattering light.

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