Douglas Ready

Senior Lecturer


Douglas ReadyDoug Ready is Senior Lecturer in Organization Effectiveness at the MIT Sloan School of Management. His research into aligning purpose, performance, and principles has led to the popular concept of implementing a company's Collective Ambition. Dr. Ready's research and writing also focuses on strategic talent management and enterprise-wide change. He has authored numerous highly popular Harvard Business Review and Sloan Management Review articles on these topics, including "The Power of Collective Ambition", "Make Your Company a Talent Factory", and "Leading at the Enterprise Level", among others.

Ready is also the Founder and President of the International Consortium for Executive Development Research (ICEDR), an internationally renowned collaborative in talent management and leadership development, comprised of many of the world's leading companies and business schools. Professor Ready works with top management teams, helping them to mobilize their leaders to bring about large-scale change. He has led major change and leadership development initiatives for companies including: Continental AG, Ford Motor Company, Four Seasons, Hess Oil, HSBC, LG Group, PwC, Royal Bank of Canada, Samsung Group, and United Technologies Corporation.

In 2013, Dr. Ready was named to the Thinkers50 list, a global ranking of the world's leading management thinkers.

Ready holds a BA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; a Masters from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government; and the PhD from the Cranfield School of Management in the UK.

Faculty Media

  • Developing the Next Generation of Enterprise Leaders

    Aspiring corporate leaders first learn to build and implement visions for their individual business units. But as they advance in their careers, executives also must learn how to lead with an...

  • Thinking Like a Leader: Three Big Shifts

    Leadership thinking can be learned but is difficult to teach. It is a matter of asking questions and presenting challenges that help someone discover the mental model that enables their “best...

  • Seven Types Of Stories Every Leader Should Tell

    As Douglas Ready wrote in the MIT Sloan Management Review, research on storytelling in executive development found storytelling outperformed many other development initiatives in creating...

  • So Many Bad Bosses, So Few Good Leaders?

    Search for the term "bad bosses" online and you might be shocked at the results. One survey reveals two in ten people say a manager has hurt their career; another states one in five workers have a...

  • Doug Ready Webinar: Game Changing Talent Strategy From Inspiration to Implementation

    This is the recording of the webinar that took place September 25, 2014. Doug Ready discussed topics, such as:* Why developing great talent matters* The business benefits of a better organizational climate* Why many leaders today are highly effective "builders" but not effective "brokers"* The hallmarks of game-changing talent strategy The webinar also includes a talent strategy case study, and participants receive a take-away audit of their own talent strategy.

  • Put the Company’s Interests Ahead of Your Unit’s

    "Would you ever consider handing off a member of your team, and allow your unit to fall short, to benefit the greater good of the company? If you would, you fit the definition of an “enterprise...

  • Doug Ready Named to the Thinkers50 List

    Dr. Douglas Ready is the founder and CEO of the International Consortium for Executive Development Research and senior lecturer at MIT's Sloan School of Management. His articles in the Harvard...

  • Video: Doug Ready's Big Idea

    Dr. Douglas Ready is a Senior Lecturer in Organization Effectiveness at the MIT Sloan School of Management. His research into aligning purpose, performance and principles has led to the popular...

  • MIT Sloan Professor Ranked One of Fifty Top Global Management Thinkers

    MIT Sloan Senior Lecturer Douglas Ready has been named one of the 2013 Thinkers50 top global management thinkers. The biennial publication is recognized as the go-to source of the most influential...

  • Building a Game-Changing Talent Strategy

    Doug Ready, Faculty Director for MIT Sloan Executive Education's new Building Game-Changing Organizations program, has a cover story in the January-February issue of Harvard Business Review.


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Game-Changing Talent Strategy: From Inspiration to Implementation
Learn what it takes to develop world-class talent and a high-engagement culture.