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A leadership reading list: Faculty-authored articles you may have missed in 2017

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 6 days ago

Faculty-authored articles on leadership

MIT Sloan Executive Education faculty are deeply involved in research as well as actively working with organizations around the world. And when it comes to sharing their findings and insights, they are also prolific scholars. In addition to several recently published books, our faculty have contributed dozens of articles to notable publications in 2017. Here are just a few of the articles they’ve authored with a focus on leadership breakthroughs.

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Want to be more productive in 2018? Take more breaks.

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 13 days ago

MIT's Bob Pozen says take a break

Most of us are trying to be more productive. As a result, our calendars often look like the reservation book of the hottest new restaurant. But our back-to-back meetings and constant workflow might be backfiring. According to MIT Sloan Senior Lecturer Bob Pozen, taking regular timeouts can help you refresh your focus and get more done. He says that the question to ask is not how many breaks you should take in a day, but “what is the appropriate time period of concentrated work you can do before taking break?”

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Will the Bitcoin bubble burst?

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 15 days ago

Will the bitcoin bubble burst?

In case you missed it, Bitcoin has gone bonkers. Last week the cryptocurrency smashed through $11,000 per coin—up $1,000 in 24 hours and up more than 900% since the start of 2017. To put this in perspective, in 2013, one bitcoin was worth $12. As of this post, it’s worth more than $10,000. It’s market valuation is currently greater than that of BP oil. But what does this all mean? Is Bitcoin a new asset class worthy of investment, or is the current boom a speculative phenomenon on the brink of bust?

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Digital is not the answer—transformation is.

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 20 days ago

MIT's George Westerman on Digital Transformation

In the business world, everyone is talking about digital transformation—from AI to robots to the Internet of Things. But according to George Westerman, most people are missing the point. Technology doesn’t provide value to a business. Instead, “technology’s value comes from doing business differently because technology makes it possible,” Westerman writes in his recent MIT Sloan Management Review article, “Your Company Doesn’t Need a Digital Strategy.”

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Innovation, failure, and progress in the pharmaceutical industry: Takeda's Andy Plump speaks at MIT

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 21 days ago

Andy plump speaks at MIT

In the Innovative Leadership (iLead) Series by MIT Sloan and the MIT Leadership Center, top thought leaders share their views on business challenges and achievements. Here, Andy Plump—Chief Medical Scientific Officer for pharmaceutical leader Takeda—shares his thoughts on his company’s approach to drug development, as well as the role MIT and the surrounding biotech community plays in it.

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Four members of the MIT Sloan community honored at Thinkers50 Awards 2017

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 29 days ago

Thinkers50

We are excited to announce that four members of the MIT Sloan community were honored last week at the biennial Thinkers50 awards in London: Douglas Ready, Hal Gregersen, Erik Brynjolfsson, and Andrew McAfee.

The Thinkers50 was launched in 2001 as the first-ever global ranking of management thinkers. Its goal is to identify and share the best management thinking in the world, and it has been described by the Financial Times as the "Oscars of management thinking."

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Getting to the root of business success: A dentist earns his Executive Certificate from MIT

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 29 days ago

Mark Lassiter 250

Mark Lassiter, DDS is a successful general dentist practicing out of Norwood, North Carolina. In 2013, Lassiter bought out his business partners and became the sole owner of his practice. With a passion to further grow his business, he began to consider a multi-practice model. “I’ve always had a great relationship with my patients,” said Lassiter, “and I thought it would be exciting to try and repeat this process and what has been so successful for my practice.” But there was a catch. Lassiter had been immersed in clinical dentistry for his entire career. “Basically, I had no idea about business.”

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