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Jason Pelletier holds himself accountable to what he’s learned at MIT

Jason Pelletier MIT Sloan Executive Education

As a busy government employee, Jason Pelletier was looking for educational opportunities that would fit into and complement his professional schedule. He discovered MIT Sloan Executive Education, where he earned an Executive Certificate in Management and Leadership.

“The courses, curriculum, and leaders at MIT were incredibly refreshing,” says Pelletier, who is Chief of Staff for Human Resources Operations Center (HROC) for the United States Immigration and Citizenship Service (USCIS). “Working in government, we stay pretty well insulated and don’t interface as much as executives in other industries. I’m only able to sneak away for a couple days at a time. MIT provided a way to access top of the line, disruptive, cutting-edge content in a way that fits my nonstop schedule.”

Pelletier was committed to making the most of his time and to operationalizing his learnings. “After I completed each course, I transcribed all my handwritten notes, about 10-15 pages, into digital notes, then I inserted them into a calendar reminder and set it as a recurring, quarterly event. When I get the calendar reminders, I close my door and walk back through all of my notes and supplement them with current events. It’s an opportunity for a self-check and a way to hold myself accountable to what I’ve learned and how I’m bringing that to bear on my work.”

Pelletier completed four courses to earn his Certificate. When asked what he found most valuable, the government executive and former U.S. Army officer said that each course had its “golden apple.” And each program offered tangible, immediately applicable takeaways.

Neuroscience for Leadership recalibrated my entire personal and professional disposition. Within a month I changed a dozen different aspects of my life. I changed my nutrition, picked up guitar, changed my sleep cycle. I’m so glad I took this course first; it set me up well to get my house in order and better understand the science of leading yourself before leading others.”

Next, Pelletier enrolled in Building Game-Changing Organizations: Aligning Purpose, Performance, and People. “What blew me away about Doug Ready’s course was his all-star lineup of brilliant and inspirational guest speakers—captains of industry and commerce. That was amazing exposure.”

“Pivot to Jared Curhan and Negotiation for Executives—the most exacting, intelligent curriculum I have seen in my life. He packed a semester’s worth of PhD-level content into two days. I loved the pace and the intellectual intensity, and the skills were directly applicable.”

Pelletier completed his certificate with a fourth course, Leading People at Work: Strategies for Talent Analytics, taught by Emilio Castilla. “This course was perfectly timed for me. I had recently hired the very first two corporate recruiters for the agency, individuals who must fearlessly recruit and develop talent. This course put a practical structure to measuring effectiveness. Professor Castilla has worked with numerous companies and has real skin in the game—talent analytics is more than theoretical for him. I also want to mention that his accessibility was amazing. He was always excited to help and engage with participants and was genuinely passionate about what he was presenting.”

Pelletier defines himself as a “true believer” of MIT Sloan Executive Education, not only for the curriculum but also the unparalleled business leaders that travel to MIT from around the world.

“In the classroom, you’re connecting with absolute monsters of industry. These peers are themselves amazing resources and add so much value to what is already a world class experience.”

Learn more in these related programs:

Neuroscience for Leadership - This program will provide hands-on application of concepts and techniques deriving from brain research and psychology that can improve your individual leadership performance, as well as that of your team and organization.

Building Game-Changing Organizations: Aligning Purpose, Performance, and People - Participants in this organizational strategy program will learn what it takes to build game-changing companies that make their teams and areas of responsibility world-class talent factories.

Negotiation for Executives - From fundamental principles to specific real-world examples, this program offers a holistic view of negotiation as building relationships that are rooted in mutual trust and respect and that result in success at the bargaining table.

Leading People at Work: Strategies for Talent Analytics - This new program explores a number of strategies used to attract and retain top talent and illustrates how these strategies are being designed and used at cutting-edge companies.

You may also be interested in the Executive Certificate in Management and Leadership - An ideal option for business professionals and technical executives seeking to enhance their general management and leadership skills in order to become effective leaders in a dynamic business world. The curriculum focuses on core business competencies including marketing, finance, negotiations, change management, and systems thinking.


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