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Soft skills matter to your career—and your organization’s bottom line

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 5 days ago

Develop soft skills at MIT Sloan Executive Education

When you think about reskilling or upskilling your workforce (or updating your own skill sets), you probably jump first to technical expertise, such as statistical analysis, SEO/SEM marketing, software development, and artificial intelligence. But the demand for a more talented workforce goes beyond adapting to the new digital world. As companies become more dynamic, interconnected, and flexible by necessity, soft skills such as adaptability, persuasion, relationship mastery, and time management are increasingly valuable. The key capabilities of effective leaders in today’s uncertain and volatile business environment span a wide-ranging set of skills–from the intellectual and interpersonal to the conceptual and creative.

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One of our own completes the Entrepreneurship Development Program—and puts it to use

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 14 days ago

Colleen Berger MIT

Sometimes executives are moved to make a leap from the comforts of their corner office to the wilds of entrepreneurship. This is even true at MIT Sloan Executive Education, where one of our team members decided it was time to blaze her own trail. Since 2014, Colleen Berger has witnessed the impressive impact that our week-long Entrepreneurship Development Program has had on entrepreneurs and their ventures. So, in January of 2018, Colleen enrolled herself in EDP as a first step in exploring a business idea that had been brewing in the back of her mind for some time.

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Andreas Mathismoen strikes a balance between online and in-person learning at MIT

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 20 days ago

Andreas Mathismoen strikes a balance between online and in-person learning at MIT

Andreas Mathismoen is a media and communication professional from Norway who recently completed both online and in-person programs to earn an MIT Sloan Executive Certificate. "MIT has given me a way to further my digital development. Change is coming more and more quickly, and you have to be a student the rest of your life if you’re going to succeed."

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Driving high performance and revenue with the Good Jobs Strategy: Zeynep Ton presents at NACS 2019

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 23 days ago

Zeynep Ton at NACS 2019

Did you know that 42 million Americans currently work in a service industry with an hourly wage under $15/hr? These workers also endure poor benefits, changing schedules, and few opportunities for advancement. Many companies believe they have no choice but to offer bad jobs—especially retailers competing on price. But according to Zeynep Ton, companies can design and manage their operations in a way that satisfies customers, employees, and investors simultaneously.

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Leading people and organizations to new visions is messy: MIT Sloan’s AMP provides the mental models leaders need

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 1 month and 2 days ago

Vanessa Oakley

Vanessa Oakley is the General Manager of Strategy and Business Operations at Chorus New Zealand Limited. Vanessa is also an alumna of the 2019 MIT Sloan Advanced Management Program (AMP). We caught up with her recently to hear why she chose AMP and how she's applying the tools and models she learned back at Chorus.

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Improve your organization’s workflow with visualization, labeling, and limits

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 1 month and 16 days ago

Visual Management

At work, everyone is familiar with the feeling of having too much to do and not enough people to do it. We attempt to use digital tools for communication and collaboration to make work more manageable, but according to MIT Sloan Professor Nelson Repenning, these tools often can’t fix the root causes: poor work design and entrenched organizational behaviors. Knowledge-based organizations can benefit greatly from the quality management and lean production approaches that have been mastered in industries like manufacturing—especially visual management.

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Sample MIT’s approach to entrepreneurship—view the e-book

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 1 month and 21 days ago

MIT's Entrepreneurship e-book

If you’ve got the spirit of an entrepreneur and the desire to realize that potential, we invite you to join your global peers on campus in January for the 2020 session of the highly rated Entrepreneurship Development Program (EDP). In the meantime, if you're interested in learning what sets MIT's approach to entrepreneurship apart, we invite you to view our newest e-book—a compilation of articles and advice from MIT faculty, including EDP Faculty Director Bill Aulet.

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How to achieve multi-generational success for your family enterprise

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 2 months ago

Family Run Enterprise

Conventional wisdom darkly dictates that a family business will generally fail by the third generation. John Davis, Senior Lecturer in the Family Enterprise Executive Education Programs, says this doesn’t necessarily have to be true. He recently presented a webinar about how family enterprises can overcome the challenges of today’s world and achieve multi-generational success.

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