Strong leadership and innovation are ideals and skills that should not be limited to the business world. In fact, one could make a strong argument that innovation is needed more in non-profit and government organizations than in corporations. Of course, we’d argue that innovation is needed everywhere. And, that nearly every kind of organization can benefit from it.
MIT Sloan Executive Education strives to innovate in both our programs and our collaborations. Just one of these examples is our partnership with and commitment to the government of Haiti. As announced earlier in the spring of 2014, MIT Sloan Executive Education has partnered with the government of Haiti to bring ministers and senior officials to our campus in Cambridge to learn concepts and tools that can be applied to real-world challenges, such as poverty-alleviation, economic regeneration, and other issues that face the island government struggling to rebuild after the devastating 2010 earthquake.
In early June, Haiti Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe traveled to Cambridge to meet with MIT Sloan Executive Education faculty for a planning session on the next phase of the MIT-Haiti Initiative. This most recent session was a follow up to a November 2013 event, when members of Lamothe’s cabinet participated in the Transforming Your Leadership Strategy program at MIT Executive Education. The next phase in the partnership will also take place in June 2014. Deborah Ancona, Professor of Organization Studies and Director of the MIT Leadership Center, and Michel DeGraff, Professor of Linguistics at MIT, will conduct a workshop on leadership training for 50 leaders involved in Haiti’s ongoing recovery and rebuilding efforts.
“On the ground in Haiti and here in Cambridge, our goal is to make MIT’s resources available to many more of Haiti’s government and education leaders, said Dr. Peter Hirst, MBE, Executive Director of MIT Sloan Executive Education. “We hope to share practical tools and frameworks relevant to many areas of education and management—from STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), economics, and sustainability to leadership, innovation, and strategy.”
Deborah Ancona is the Seley Distinguished Professor of Management, a Professor of Organizational Studies, and the Faculty Director for the MIT Leadership Center. She teaches in the MIT Sloan Executive Education Transforming Your Leadership Strategy program.