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Category: Principled Leadership

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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Marrying mindfulness, professional development, and purpose-driven leadership at MIT

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 7 months ago

Charles Betito Filho

Charles Betito Filho is a serial entrepreneur and marketing executive. He founded Hive Digital Media in 2004 and led it to become one of Brazil’s premiere marketing technology companies. Charles is also deeply passionate about promoting clarity and compassion in the business world, so that groups of people can achieve radical meaningful change. To this end, Charles has been studying and practicing mindfulness meditation for more than 12 years. He originally came to MIT Sloan Executive Education to participate in the Global Executive Academy (GEA) and was looking for a school that shared his positive, humanistic kind of outlook on leadership. But what he found here surprised him.

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A carbon commitment worth keeping

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 9 months and 26 days ago

Advocate for Carbon Tax

It’s Earth Day. Like New Year’s Eve, it’s an occasion that often results in resolutions, some harder to keep than others. Maybe you resolved to eat less meat, recycle more, bike to work, or install solar energy. However, it’s easy to feel that your actions aren’t enough. And you’re right—they are necessary but not sufficient. “Our fight against climate change depends on both personal and collective action,” says Jason Jay, Senior Lecturer and Director of the Sustainability Initiative at MIT Sloan. “To make a measurable difference, we need to catalyze change at the level of companies, cities, states, and nations.”

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Blue Nile COO Ruth Sommers says self-reflection and self-care can land you in the job where you do your best work

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 10 months and 15 days ago

Ruth Sommers at MIT

In the Innovative Leadership (iLead) Series by MIT Sloan and the MIT Leadership Center, top thought leaders share their views on business challenges and achievements. As part of this series, Ruth Sommers, COO of Blue Nile, recently shared some leadership lessons learned during her 25-year career as an executive in the retail industry.

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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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Is pride holding you back in your negotiations?

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 1 year and 1 month and 8 days ago

Is pride getting in the way at the negotiating table?

If you’re someone who conducts repeated negotiations with the same counterparts, then you may have experienced that your “subjective assessment”—the feeling you have after one negotiation—affects the success of the next. But what about “sequential negotiations”—multiple back-to-back negotiations with different parties. Does the same hold true?

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Are merit-based decisions in the workplace making us more biased?

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 1 year and 5 months and 20 days ago

Are merit-based decisions in the workplace making us more biased?

Earlier this month, a memo written by (former) Google employee James Damore went viral. The controversial, ten-page letter suggested the company has fewer female engineers because men are better suited for the job. Damore argued that Google’s initiatives to increase diversity is actually a discriminatory policy, and that a liberal bias throughout management makes it difficult to discuss the issue internally. The debates kicked up by this event continue to rage on.

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