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Blue Nile COO Ruth Sommers says self-reflection and self-care can land you in the job where you do your best work

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 23 days ago

Ruth Sommers 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. As part of this series, Ruth Sommers, COO of Blue Nile, recently shared some leadership lessons learned during her 25-year career as an executive in the retail industry.

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The coaching approach in MIT Sloan's Advanced Management Program

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 30 days ago

1:1 Leadership Coaching in AMP

Our MIT Sloan Advanced Management Program (AMP) provides executives with a unique, month-long opportunity to step away from work, to learn, practice, and benefit from 1-to-1 leadership coaching and individualized feedback assessments. AMP participants are paired with an executive coach for individualized, confidential sessions during the program. These coaching relationships are often so powerful that the participant elects to continue the sessions beyond completion of the program.

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7 characteristics of effective strategic priorities

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 2 months and 27 days ago

Strategic Priorities

A recent survey of more than 400 global CEOs revealed that the ability to execute strategy was their #1 challenge. Why? And what can be done about it? MIT Sloan Senior Lecturer and global strategy expert Donald Sull says leaders can improve strategy implementation by translating the complexity of strategy into guidelines that are simple and flexible enough to execute.

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Three analytics integration lessons from the sports data revolution

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 4 months ago

Three analytics integration lessons from the sports data revolution

You may not think of your organization as a sports team, but when it comes to data and analytics, there are more similarities than you might think. Those similarities can reveal how analytics, if effectively deployed, can lead to better decisions and more successful organizations. According to Ben Shields, Senior Lecturer at MIT Sloan, executives can view sports as a petri dish for how their organizations can maximize the value of analytics. Although there are many lessons to be learned from the sports industry revolution, one especially valuable innovation is analytics integration—the ability of an executive to integrate an analytics program within the rest of the organization.

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

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 4 months and 14 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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Innovation, failure, and progress in the pharmaceutical industry: Takeda's Andy Plump speaks at MIT

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 4 months and 30 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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Getting to the root of business success: A dentist earns his Executive Certificate from MIT

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

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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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How to cultivate the challenge-driven leadership of MIT at your organization

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 5 months and 21 days ago

How to cultivate the challenge-driven leadership of MIT at your organization

Tackling tough problems requires innovation and a diverse range of talent, along with the desire to take an unconventional approach. According to Deborah Ancona and Hal Gregersen of the MIT Leadership Center, these talents and traits are intrinsic to challenge-driven leaders. In a recent article published to strategy+business, Ancona and Gregersen explain that challenge-driven leaders also tend to be experts in their fields and entrepreneurial in spirit.

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