Brian Ahlborn

Brian Ahlborn

Profile Information

  • Company/Organization: Soup to Nuts, Inc.
  • Job Title: Founder
  • Country: United States
  • Program Days Completed: 10

Certificate Holder Biography

Brian is a proven leader with extensive experience managing the daily operations of teams up to 360 members, synchronizing the planning and coordination efforts between multiple departments, and working within teams comprised of diverse individuals, spanning cultural barriers. Brian possesses the ability to establish priorities in complex situations, producing maximum results with minimal guidance in highly unpredictable environments. He is a project management professional (PMP), lean six sigma green belt, and is experienced in enterprise architecture and causal analysis.

As a former United States Army Captain, Brian served with the 3-2 Stryker Brigade and I-Corps where his assignments were consistently among the most challenging. As a civil military officer, Brian mentored two city mayors and 40 city council members, helping the local Iraqi leadership with democracy, governance, and the rebuilding of local infrastructure. While serving as a military advisor, Brian mentored an Iraqi Army lieutenant colonel in the military decision making process and general project management principals, to include: scope definition, constraints and assumptions; phase break down; change, quality, and risk management plans; and after action reviews of over 10,000 personnel.

Brian continued his career at Northrop Grumman as a process improvement analyst. There Brian not only worked on the enterprise architecture team, but also employed organizational psychological principles and research methods (systems theory dynamics; lean six sigma; action science; and the principals of enterprise architecture) to lead the self-assessment team through the development and implementation of a comprehensive evaluation system, incorporating hierarchical, process, and cultural assessments covering all 20,000 employees, departments, and programs.

Brian contributes much of his recent professional success to the MIT Sloan Executive Certificate programs that he attended.
I chose to attend a pair of MIT Sloan Executive Education programs due to Sloan’s outstanding reputation. Initially I was skeptical about how much knowledge I could acquire above and beyond reading books, business journals, etc. but that quickly changed, causing me to attend even more programs and pursue an Executive Certificate. The Sloan programs have given me many invaluable insights that have helped me to demonstrate to executive leadership the importance of coordination, alignment, and the need to marry strategic and tactical thinking with new technologies and trends. The Executive Certificate in Technology, Operations, and Value Chain Management is pragmatic, relevant, applicable, and yet also cutting edge. All quality control / technology / operations executives as well as aspiring CEOs / COOs should seriously consider completing this program.

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