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Hal Gregersen says questions are the answer

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

Hal Gregersen at the MIT CFO Summit

The ability to continuously question everything is probably the most important attribute an effective leader possesses. Hence the focus of Hal’s new book Questions Are the Answer. Questions help unlock what’s working and what isn’t. They help propel conversations and innovations forward. But to maximize your results, there are a few ground rules.

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Thomas Friedman says lifelong learning is critical for keeping pace

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 2 months and 24 days ago

Thomas Friedman MIT Lifelong Learning

Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author Thomas Friedman sees the world at a turning point. In a recent lecture at MIT, Friedman shared his belief that technology, globalization, and climate change are reshaping our institutions—and fast. “When the pace of change gets this fast,” Friedman says, “the only way to retain a lifelong working capacity is to engage in lifelong learning.” And we couldn't agree more.

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ACE holder Joanne Markow says seize the day and always finish what you start

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 4 months and 2 days ago

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Joanne Markow is an executive and entrepreneur who recently earned her Advanced Certificate for Executives in Management, Innovation, and Technology (ACE). The ACE is a special Executive Certificate for participants who attend 25 program days (including at least 10 days of in-person programs) and complete at least two programs from each Executive Certificate track within a four-year period. We recently caught up with Joanne to learn more about her journey at MIT—from her first classes in 2014 to her online program experience, immersion in the MIT community, and the experience of earning an ACE.

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Six questions your organization needs to address to thrive in the digital era

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education and Peter Weill - 5 months and 12 days ago

Peter Weill

The good news about being in the middle of a digitization era is the plethora of new technology available that allows companies to reinvent themselves. However, the challenge about digital transformation is that it involves massive change.

MIT Sloan Senior Research Scientist Peter Weill shared his thoughts on this conundrum in a recent webinar—Six Questions for Digital Transformation—adding it’s not about the technology per se, but about the way in which we change our organizations that matters. Weill, along with MIT colleague Stephanie Woerner, recently published an HBR Press book—What’s Your Digital Business Model? Six Questions to Help You Build the Next-Generation Enterprise—says the goal of the book was to understand how companies can thrive in the digital era.

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Six reasons firms can't innovate

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 7 months and 15 days ago

Six reasons firms can't innovate according to Bill Fischer

Recent studies show that when it comes to innovation, corporate strategists don’t walk the walk. They know that real change is required to succeed, but the vast majority of growth efforts are allocated to continuous innovation instead of disruptive risks. In a recent Forbes article, MIT Sloan Visiting Professor Bill Fischer outlines six reasons strategists feel stymied and explains why they have it all wrong. —from assuming they know the customer well (when they really don’t) to overemphasizing short-term results. He argues that short-sightedness is what’s keeping innovation down.

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Driving strategic innovation with Kirsten Rose

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 8 months and 13 days ago

Kirsten Rose at DSI with peers

Kirsten Rose is the Head of Low Emission Technology at the world-leading resources company BHP, based in Melbourne, Australia. In September of last year, Rose was awarded a Chief Executive Women scholarship to attend the week-long, MIT Sloan Executive Education program, Driving Strategic Innovation: Achieving High Performance Throughout the Value Chain. Rose shared some of her thoughts and takeaways from the program with us.

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An interview with ACE holder Franco Amalfi

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

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Franco Amalfi is an accomplished executive with more than 25 years of experience in value selling, management consulting, software development, software implementation, program management, and business development. He recently completed his Advanced Certificate for Executives in Management, Innovation & Technology at MIT Sloan and shared some of his thoughts about his ACE experience with us.

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Partnering with universities in innovation ecosystems: How to unlock more value

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 11 months and 14 days ago

Businesses partner with higher education to foster innovation

Collaborations with colleges and universities have become de rigueur for businesses that want to get and stay ahead of the competition. Recent research by MIT Sloan Professor Fiona Murray suggest that there are several scenarios that drive these connections, such as a desire to discover new talent, a need to solve short- and long-term problems, or simply a wish to supplement an existing knowledge base.

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