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Leading Change in Complex Organizations

May 13-18, 2018

The 21st century organization is enormously complex, difficult to understand, and even more difficult to manage. A volatile mix of dynamics are triggering changes in the workplace. As the complexity increases, effective managers must have a strong knowledge of the people in the organization and the tasks they perform. And they must have the skills to use that knowledge in practical and flexible ways. This program will present innovative perspectives on organizational change management problems and offers practical ways to solve them. The issues examined apply across organizations, national boundaries, and technical domains.

Examined in a carefully sequenced schedule of daytime (and sometimes evening) lectures and workshops, program topics will include:


  • Forces that are transforming traditional management goals and practices
  • New perspectives on managerial decision makingā??what managers can learn from recent studies on information processing, cognitive biases, and individual problem-solving skills
  • Improving the quality of decisions made under conditions of ambiguity, uncertainty, and risk
  • Techniques designed to insure the success of temporary, problem-focused groups such as task forces and project teams
  • Innovative incentives that organizations can offer to attract, retain, and manage employees who do not respond to familiar workplace rewards or aspire to traditional careers
  • Critical success factors for implementing technological change in environments where failure rates are commonplace and few technologies seem to be implemented smoothly
  • Diagnosing organizational cultures, the role and process of cultural change, and what managers can do to understand and shape that culture

Participants in this program will learn to understand and harness such critical factors as:


  • Strategic organizational design
  • Informal networks
  • Leadership styles
  • Negotiation skills

This program is designed for general managers and senior functional managers who coordinate diverse groups and groups of diverse individuals. It can also benefit staff executives who manage training and education. The benefits of the program are reinforced when three or more managers from the same organization attend. Companies are encouraged to sponsor cross-functional team participation.


Titles of past participants have included:


  • VP, Human Development
  • Executive Manager, Communications
  • Director, Organizational Learning
  • COO
  • Change Manager
  • EVP, Operations
  • Director, Corporate Strategy
  • Director of Organizational Development
  • Deputy Branch Chief
  • Director of Projects and Management Systems
  • Executive Director, Process Excellence
  • Manager, Organization and Methods
  • Manager, Strategic Human Resources
  • Organizational Development Specialist
  • Organizational Development and Training Lead
  • Programs and Business Development Manager
  • Senior Business Engineer
  • Executive Manager, HR

Advanced Management Program

May 29 - June 29, 2018

The Advanced Management Program (AMP) is a month-long senior executive program designed for a select group of experienced executives who are willing to create and sustain a learning community. AMP participants will acquire new frameworks and skills for which MIT Sloan is world renowned; make connections with colleagues who share similar experiences; and develop an expanded sense of themselves as enterprise leaders.

The Advanced Management Program (AMP) is an intense, intimate, transformative learning experience designed to fit the time constraints of seasoned, mid-career executives. This senior executive program is selective and purposely limited to 35 participants. Held on campus at MIT Sloan in Cambridge, Massachusetts, AMP is an exceptional way to:


  • Develop skills and acquire planning/thinking frameworks that are useful to entrepreneurs and those in the C-suite at most companies?especially in the science, engineering, and technology sectors
  • Engage with more than 30 of MIT Sloan?s world-class faculty around both their latest research in advanced management tactics and the ?tried and true? in such areas as strategy, system dynamics, leadership, and innovation
  • Make new, life-long connections with experienced business people from a wide variety of geographies and companies
  • Leverage multiple perspectives to advance important business issues away from day-to-day operating pressures
  • Develop critical leadership and change management skills via individualized feedback assessments and 1-on-1 leadership coaching
  • See new ideas emerging from the labs, centers, and businesses that are part of the MIT/Sloan/Cambridge "innovation cluster"


"I have two business degrees, an engineering degree, and more than 20 years of business experience? only now I can confidently say I understand macroeconomics and how to apply it to planning in my business."
?Supply Chain Leader, Multi-National Mining Company


How AMP Works
AMP delivers on its purpose as the leading senior executive program by combining a number of powerful features:


  • Exposure to MIT Sloan?s world-class faculty and their latest research
  • Access to the ?innovation ecosystem? around MIT through company visits, executive panels, a tour of labs and centers in the area
  • Learning variety: classes and case studies, business simulations, leader panels, 360° feedback and 1-on-1 leadership coaching, team-building experiences, and work on personal assessments, surveys, and projects
  • Connection with other participants of similar experience and ambition through AMP-specific courses, open-enrollment executive programs that draw global participants, and the ACE alumni network

TAKEAWAYS

The guiding purpose of the Advanced Management Program (AMP) is to deepen the ability of experienced executives to make significant and systemic changes in their companies and the world.


What Makes AMP a Unique Program for Senior Executives
AMP is designed to help seasoned executives succeed in a world that is increasingly unpredictable, competitive, and complex. Alumni tell us their experience with MIT and the program is distinctive and special in a variety of ways, including:


  • Participation in the experience of the MIT culture and heritage, especially around innovation
  • Strong focus on taking practical action: ?How does what I?m learning make me a better leader and a more valuable contributor to my business??
  • Personal learning journals that track insights and growth over the program?s duration
  • Individual Projects: content application to a project of real importance and value to each participant and their organization
  • Systemic, cross-functional, and cross-border lenses applied to current business issues
  • Faculty, coaches, and alumni who are committed to applying and generalizing from the latest management thinking and frameworks
  • Integration of personal leadership concepts, skill-building, and coaching with large scale macroeconomic and systems thinking frameworks and tools

AMP Participant Benefits

  • An MIT Sloan email-forwarding-for-life (EFL) address
  • A 20% discount on additional Executive Education programs
  • Invitations to select MIT Sloan events
  • Participation in the MIT Sloan network
  • Inclusion in the MIT Sloan alumni directory

Cambridge, MA

Building Game-Changing Organizations: Aligning Purpose, Performance, and People

June 14-15, 2018

Game-changing organizations rewrite traditional playbooks. They stand out. They often create disproportionate value relative to their size and resources. They have big dreams but know how to get things done. These organizations have a palpable "buzz" to them. They have a breakaway business model, but they also have a breakaway spirit and organizational culture.

Leaders of these game-changing organizations understand the power and importance of telling their companies' compelling stories. They are hard-edged business leaders but they also embrace what others might consider to be the "soft side" of leading: purpose, vision and climate. They know how to integrate the hard and soft sides of leadership into a powerful formula that makes them game-changers. These leaders, and their organizations are: purpose-driven; performance-oriented; and principles-led. The weaving together of these three capabilities simultaneously is what helps them get and stay out in front.

Participants in this new program will learn what it takes to build game-changing organizations that make their teams and areas of responsibility world-class talent factories. They will also discuss the importance of building an authentic and energizing culture, and learn from the successes and challenges of various companies that have been on similar journeys of transformation.

Participants in this program will:


  • Understand what it takes to build game-changing organizations
  • Be provided with the resources and tools to articulate their company's powerful story--what we call their "collective ambition"
  • Examine how to integrate the "soft" side of leading (purpose, vision, culture) with the hard side (strategy, operational priorities, brand) into a powerful formula
  • Understand the importance of building an authentic and energizing culture
  • Understand what it takes to make their companies world-class talent factories

Cambridge, MA

Business Dynamics: MIT's Approach to Diagnosing and Solving Complex Business Problems

June 18-22, 2018

In a world of growing complexity, many of the most vexing problems facing managers arise from the unanticipated side-effects of their own past actions. In response, organizations struggle to increase the speed of learning and adopt a more systemic approach. The challenge is to move beyond outdated slogans about accelerated learning and “thinking systemically” to implementing practical tools that help managers design better operating policies, understand complexity, and guide effective change.


This program introduces participants to system dynamics, a powerful framework for identifying, designing, and implementing high-leverage interventions for sustained success in complex systems. It has been used successfully in diverse industries and organizations, such as Airbus, Compaq, General Motors, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, and Merck. Developed at MIT more than thirty years ago by computer pioneer Jay Forrester, system dynamics led to the creation of management flight simulators that allow managers to accelerate learning, experience the long-term side effects of decisions, and design structures and strategies for greater success.


Through intensive, hands-on workshops and interactive experiments, participants will be exposed to the principles of systems thinking and practical methods for putting them into action. They will be introduced to a variety of tools, including mapping techniques, simulation models, and MIT’s management flight simulators, which they can apply to their own business environment as soon as they complete the program. Throughout the week, participants work in small groups and interact closely with the course leaders, Professors Sterman and Repenning.


Participants will experience the Beer Game, a table game, developed by Jay Forrester. Played with pen, paper, printed plastic tablecloths, and poker chips, it simulates the supply chain of the beer industry. In so doing, it illuminates aspects of system dynamics, a signature mode of MIT thought: it illustrates the nonlinear complexities of supply chains and the way individuals are circumscribed by the systems in which they act.


Cambridge, MA

Building, Leading, and Sustaining the Innovative Organization

October 1-2, 2018

This program is designed to help spark the breakthrough ideas business leaders need to create successful competitive products for the future. Drawing on the latest MIT Sloan research, the program will offer a set of strategies for growing companies in the face of changing markets, technologies, and consumer demand. Specifically, participants will be presented with:

  • Tactics for dealing with the internal politics and resistance to change that can threaten innovation initiatives and early-stage developments
  • Techniques for building innovation streams
  • Processes for collecting competitive intelligence, forecasting technology change, and gathering information on user needs
  • Methods for identifying better innovations more quickly, including the lead-user method for discovering breakthrough products, services, and strategies; and innovation toolkits that enable managers to design their own mass-customized products and services

Takeaways
Participants will learn about the steps required to drive strategic innovation in the organization, including how to:
  • Get the right mix of people and skills to generate innovative ideas efficiently
  • Develop the processes required to support these people
  • Build cultures that encourage innovative behaviors
  • Decide which ideas are right for investment, and which new business opportunities are worth pursuing

Cambridge, MA

Analytics Management: Business Lessons from the Sports Data Revolution

October 3-4, 2018

Analytics are the present and future of sports, on and off the field. While the sports industry is an analytics pioneer, data driven decision-making has become essential to business success in nearly every industry. Starting an analytics program, however, is easier said than done. Taught by renowned sports strategist Ben Shields, this program provides executives insight into the sports industry’s “secret sauce” and helps them apply it immediately to the development of their own analytics program.


The first day of the program focuses on designing an analytics strategy. Faculty will introduce a strategic framework for developing an analytics program. Executives will learn how sports organizations have applied this framework on both the team personnel and business sides. Day one will conclude with an action-learning exercise to guide students in developing a working draft of their analytics strategy.


On the second day, the curriculum will focus on implementation. The success of an analytics program is not only driven by sound strategy but also the ability of an organization (and its executives) to execute through effective leadership and management. Critical topics on day two include making the right technology decisions, building and organizing an analytics team, and communicating data for impact. The day will close with a capstone session on leading an analytics transformation during which participants will share their new analytics vision for their organization.


Note: This is not an advanced data science course. This program is designed for executives who are looking for strategic insights and action plans on the management of analytics.

Cambridge, MA

Applied Neuroscience: Unleashing Brain Power for You and Your People

October 23-24, 2018

This highly experiential course explores neuroscience concepts and techniques to help leaders motivate and inspire their peers and employees in ways that catalyze innovation and increase business success. 

The course will take a deep dive into neuroscience concepts and techniques to help you—brain and body—through a method of unleashing potential in yourself and others.


Through a balance of theory and application, neuroscientist and MIT Sloan Senior Lecturer Dr. Tara Swart will examine the latest neuroscience research and how it can inform your personal and professional practices. Program topic areas include:


  • How to boost, refuel, and re-direct your cognitive resources
  • Embodied leadership and somatic practices (MIT’s “thin slices” research)
  • Creative and intuitive ideas for revolutionizing collaboration
  • Neural pathways that underlie procrastination, risk profile, and resilience (Swart’s Neural Tethering Model© based on research from MIT’s financial engineering department)
  • The impact of gender and cultural diversity on confidence and creativity in organizations and teams
  • Working with technology to empower human potential

Hands-on exercises will include enacting successful scenarios through creative, visual activities, guided meditation focused on peak performance, and optional yoga.


Cambridge, MA

Building Game-Changing Organizations: Aligning Purpose, Performance, and People

November 1-2, 2018

Game-changing organizations rewrite traditional playbooks. They stand out. They often create disproportionate value relative to their size and resources. They have big dreams but know how to get things done. These organizations have a palpable "buzz" to them. They have a breakaway business model, but they also have a breakaway spirit and organizational culture.

Leaders of these game-changing organizations understand the power and importance of telling their companies' compelling stories. They are hard-edged business leaders but they also embrace what others might consider to be the "soft side" of leading: purpose, vision and climate. They know how to integrate the hard and soft sides of leadership into a powerful formula that makes them game-changers. These leaders, and their organizations are: purpose-driven; performance-oriented; and principles-led. The weaving together of these three capabilities simultaneously is what helps them get and stay out in front.

Participants in this new program will learn what it takes to build game-changing organizations that make their teams and areas of responsibility world-class talent factories. They will also discuss the importance of building an authentic and energizing culture, and learn from the successes and challenges of various companies that have been on similar journeys of transformation.

Participants in this program will:


  • Understand what it takes to build game-changing organizations
  • Be provided with the resources and tools to articulate their company's powerful story--what we call their "collective ambition"
  • Examine how to integrate the "soft" side of leading (purpose, vision, culture) with the hard side (strategy, operational priorities, brand) into a powerful formula
  • Understand the importance of building an authentic and energizing culture
  • Understand what it takes to make their companies world-class talent factories

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