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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 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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Bringing the Disciplined Entrepreneurship process to Ireland: A Q&A with EDP participant Dr. John Breslin

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 17 days ago

Entrepreneurship Development Program participant John Breslin

Dr. John Breslin is Director of TechInnovate and a Senior Lecturer in Electronic Engineering at the National University of Ireland Galway. He is also a Co-Principal Investigator at the Insight Centre for Data Analytics. He completed the most recent session of the Entrepreneurship Development Program and graciously offered to answer some of our questions and share his perspective on the program.

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EDP participant Suraj Kripalani joins the local innovation ecosystem with BonBillo

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 27 days ago

Suraj Kripalani Entrepreneurship Development Program MIT Sloan

It is an understatement to say that Suraj Kripalani is passionate about social ventures. Like many participants of MIT Sloan Executive Education programs, he’s interested in making an impact on the world. However, few take that charge quite as seriously as this former finance executive.

Kripalani attended the week-long, 2017 session of the Entrepreneurship Development Program and said it was not what he expected. “In fact, it blew through my very high expectations. Completely. And here’s why."

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I, Robot: Anuj Sharma at MIT Sloan

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 1 month ago

Anuj Sharma at MIT Sloan

Calling in to us by phone from across a 12-hour time difference and under a torrential downpour in southern India, we recently spoke with Anuj Sharma, Chairman and President of India Research Centre for Fourth Industrial Revolution. Sharma recently became the very first MIT Sloan Executive Education participant to complete an Executive Certificate by attending some of our programs via telepresence robotics.

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Neil Ackerman has put his MIT Sloan Executive Certificates to work—and to great success

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 1 month and 7 days ago

MIT Sloan Executive Certificate Holder Neil Ackerman

MIT Sloan Executive Certificate holder Neil Ackerman is a highly successful supply chain and strategy executive currently serving as Senior Director of Global Supply Chain Advanced Planning and Innovation for healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson. His accomplishments in supply chain innovation throughout his career have been many—so, it’s hard to imagine a time when Ackerman wasn’t sure where he wanted to go, or how he was going to get there. But for the now-accomplished executive, there were several turning points in his career that required deep thought, new ways of thinking, and giants leaps of faith.

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An interview with MIT Sloan Executive Certificate Holder Keith Patch

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 1 month and 24 days ago

MIT Sloan Executive Certificate Holder Keith Patch

Executive Certificate holder Keith D. Patch is Principal of a technical and management consultancy that assists clients in early stage R&D, productization, operations, and cost savings. He holds four patents, two published patent applications, and has appeared in over 60 publications. Patch, who earned an Executive Certificate in Management and Leadership, recently shared some thoughts about his experiences with MIT Sloan Executive Education programs, and how they have influenced both his professional and personal life.

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Examining leadership through a different lens—literally

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 2 months and 16 days ago

Leadership and the Lens

There are no shortage of methods and means to understand and improve your leadership skills, and few professionals would deny the valuable insights that professional development, coaching, and mentorship can provide. But among all the learning opportunities available, there is one that might surprise you. And it requires you to bring your camera.

Several years ago, MIT Sloan Lecturer and Executive Director of the MIT Leadership Center, Hal Gregersen, wanted to enhance his photography skills. He enrolled at the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, where he became a mentee of renowned photographer Sam Abell. Expecting to see an improvement in his artistic passion, Gregersen was surprised to find that the lessons in image making also enriched his own research on leadership.

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Leading at a new level: An executive's takeaways from MIT

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 6 months and 2 days ago

For Tom Cahill, Senior Director of Global Compensation and Equity at Alexion Pharmaceuticals, executive education programs are and will continue to be the "cornerstone of my external learning for the balance of my career." Cahill recently earned an MIT Sloan Executive Certificate in Management and Leadership and had high expectations for the programs--expectations that he says were consistently exceeded.

"MIT Sloan Executive Education is a truly immersive experience that delivers on its promise to teach, challenge, and engage in ways that produce real development in your capacity and capability as a leader and practitioner." To date, Cahill has completed six programs, including Strategies for Sustainable Business, Maximizing Your Personal Productivity, Neuroscience for Leadership, and Building Game-Changing Organizations.

Tools for reducing his organization's carbon footprint
Strategies for Sustainable Business, taught by John Sterman and Jason Jay, applies MIT frameworks to the topic of sustainability so participants can return to their organizations with practical strategies to incorporate change. As a result of taking the course, Cahill says he has broadened his thinking about sustainability issues and embraced certain sustainability efforts, which are at the forefront of his company's agenda.

In fact, The Connecticut Green Building Council (CTGBC) recently announced that Alexion's global headquarters achieved LEED Platinum certification for Commercial Interiors--the highest level of green building certification through the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Alexion is one of fewer than 15 buildings in Connecticut to earn this prestigious certification. Alexion achieved the certification for implementing a variety of green solutions, including a green roof top, renewable energy sources, high-performance fixtures designed to save water, and materials such as paints and adhesives that provide increased air quality for building occupants. Cahill says he would like to see Alexion continue to push the boundaries in reducing their carbon footprint, become more "green," and also drive employee awareness of how "each of us can effect change for the better."

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