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Archive: January 2014

Learning sustainable methods for increasing your productivity

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 3 years and 6 months and 17 days ago

By Robert Pozen

Are you feeling overwhelmed at work?  Do you feel like you don't have enough time for family and friends?

If so, take my executive education course at MIT Sloan Executive Education: Maximizing Your Personal Productivity, March 20–21. The course consists of four substantial sessions over two days, with time to network and make friends. Each session will help you master a different and important aspect of personal productivity.

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How to manage effectively in the face of risk

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 3 years and 6 months and 24 days ago

With globalization comes increased risk and uncertainty in nations, environments, communities, and businesses. As growing complexity makes it more difficult to determine the source of risk in these complex systems, it also reveals the interdependent nature of risk within a greater ecosystem. New studies show the best way to manage an organization in the face of risk is to build resiliency—the ability to withstand, recover from, and maintain function through a crisis.  But in order to manage risk effectively, resiliency must be built into the entire interrelated system of an organization.

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What’s really driving academic entrepreneurship

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 3 years and 6 months and 25 days ago

The last two decades have seen a rapid rise in innovation-driven entrepreneurship ventures born in academia. And while the path from classroom to commercialization is a long and winding road, a common-held belief in academic entrepreneurial circles is the assumption that faculty advisors are most often the primary traveler on the road to entrepreneurial success. New research suggests, however, that student innovators—who have more time and flexibility than faculty— drive the momentum of successful entrepreneurial ventures outside of school. (Learn more about the drivers of innovation-driven entrepreneurship in this innovation@work webinar with MIT Sloan Professor Bill Aulet.)

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Launching a successful start-up #3: The beachhead market

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 3 years and 6 months and 27 days ago

This is the third and final post in a series on launching a successful startup. Read the first and second posts here.

In his book, Disciplined Entrepreneurship: 24 Steps to a Successful StartupBill Aulet, Managing Director of the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship, stresses the importance of searching for the holy grail of specificity: market opportunities where the target customer will meet, buy, and adopt your product or service. In the first post in this series on successful start-ups, we stressed the importance of the discovery stage—time spent brainstorming about product and service ideas, defining potential customers, and identifying industry matches. In the second post in this series we focused on finding the start-up sweet spot where your product or service meets not only a potential customer, but a targeted end user—the customer who will buy your product or service and become a loyal brand ambassador, persuading others to buy it, as well.

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The MIT Sloan Advanced Management Program—a transformational experience

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 3 years and 6 months and 30 days ago

It comes as no surprise that like many post graduate programs, the MIT Sloan Advanced Management Program (AMP) is an intensive learning experience geared toward the seasoned professional who needs to balance accelerated learning options with the demands of a full-time career.

What is surprising about AMP is that, in addition to its challenging learning experience, the program has a distinctive feature that differentiates it from similar programs, making it--in a word--transformational. While providing participants with real-time solutions to complex business problems, AMP also gives participants access to MIT’s "innovation ecosystem." This unique component involves interaction with executive panels, tours of Cambridge-area laboratories, and visits to well-known companies like Ambri and Akamai.

With a select group of experienced executives in each class, the Advanced Management Program provides an intimate learning environment as well as access to the School's renowned faculty and research. Because of the small class size, attendees experience one-on-one leadership coaching and individualized, 360-degree feedback assessments from some of the most respected scholars in the world. In addition, AMP fosters connections with executives from around the world and provides the chance to build life-long, global networks with peers who share similar professional experiences.

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My MIT Sloan Executive Education experience

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 3 years and 7 months and 2 days ago

Working for an international organization in Italy, my focus at work has always been on improving the process of innovation in product development. Before coming to MIT Sloan School of Management, I had already worked on building a tool to quantify the innovation process within a company. However, I realized I needed a better conceptual understanding of strategy and innovation involved within any product development across various industries.

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Is there a hole in JetBlue’s digital strategy?

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 3 years and 7 months and 3 days ago

Winter weather—and its associated travel woes—are nothing new to the Northeast or the Midwest. But the early storm (Hercules) of 2014 saw a nearly unprecedented level of cancellations and chaos days after the actual storm. Those most impacted were passengers of JetBlue. The airline blamed both the weather and new FAA rules that extended the hours of rest crews needed between flights. Not only has this incident exposed some core airline operations issues—not planning for the extension in required rest hours and not having the flexibility to move aircraft—but it has also exposed some holes in JetBlue’s digital customer service.

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Political innovation: Developing an innovative political organization

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 3 years and 7 months and 5 days ago

 When you think of the term innovation, you probably do not associate it with politics. This is due at least in part to the historical reluctance of politicians and campaign managers to take uncertain risks that could have a negative impact on the outcome of an election or term. Instead, it is companies in the private sector such as Apple and Google that are disrupting their industries with new, innovative products and services. 

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