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One of a Series: MIT Holidays

MIT Closed - Columbus Day

October 14, 2019

Managing Technical Professionals and Organizations

October 22-23, 2019

This program explores a set of proven, practical, and innovative strategies for maximizing the contribution of an organization?s technical resources. It provides key insights on how to retain technical staff, integrate technical professionals into the organization, build more successful project teams, and keep teams high-performing over time.

Drawing on the wealth of research and industry experience of faculty and leading practitioners, Managing Technical Professionals and Organizations explores proven, practical, and innovative strategies for maximizing the contribution of technical professionals. This intensive program focuses on individual contributors and members of project teams, including cross-functional teams, and examines how to work effectively with "prima donnas" and independent spirits. Participants will learn principles and strategies of crucial importance to any organization where R&D, engineering, and/or computer-related technologies lie at the core of the business.

Managing Technical Professionals and Organizations explores seven critical topics:

* transferring technology between and within organizations * developing effective reward and incentive systems for technical professionals * creating a highly motivating work environment * managing and leading creative individual contributors * maximizing the technical productivity and vitality of teams * creating the most effective physical structure for supporting innovation * organizing for innovative product development

The Participant Team

Managing Technical Professionals and Organizations has been strategically designed for executives who manage technical professionals. Past participants have included CIOs, chief technologists, directors of R&D and engineering, engineering and manufacturing vice presidents, corporate strategists, head scientists, project managers, systems information managers, product development managers, and other key members of technical management.


Ralph Katz, Senior Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School and Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Northeastern University's College of Business, has conducted extensive management research, education, and consulting on technology-based innovation, with an emphasis on managing and motivating technical professionals, high performing groups, and project teams.

Cambridge, MA

Transforming Your Leadership Strategy

October 24-25, 2019

"When innovation is king and keeping your finger on the pulse of technology and changing markets is critical, it is no longer the case that someone at the top will figure it all out and everyone else will execute."

Deborah Ancona and Henrik Bresman, "X-Teams: How to Build Teams that Lead, Innovate, and Succeed"

Fierce, innovation-driven competition is forcing a new way of thinking about leadership among senior executives and technical managers throughout the world.

Successful leaders are moving away from "command and control" in favor of "cultivate and coordinate" strategies that allow them to:

*innovate and move quickly from generating ideas to executing and diffusing them throughout the organization.

* unlock crucial information, expertise, and new ways of working together, wherever these qualities reside within or outside the company

In a competitive "flat world" of smart, orchestrated networks, tiny firms that do not need huge capitalization to compete, and new organizational architectures, successful leaders are moving to make their organizations more agile, responsive, and creative.

How are they doing it? How can you do it? In Transforming Your Leadership Strategy, you learn about a powerful, innovative approach to executive leadership that lies at the core of leadership development at MIT, the result of an intensive, four-year research project at the MIT Leadership Center to identify more effective strategies for leading in a networked economy.

Tested in diverse, real-world settings, MIT's unique Distributed Leadership Model allows you to succeed as a leader by being flexible and adaptive in ways you may not have imagined, through the application of two key concepts:

* a 4 Capabilities Leadership Framework that makes it possible to harness, align, and leverage the leadership capabilities that exist all across your organization, and

* X-Teams, a revolutionary approach to creating flexible, outwardly- focused project teams that enables you to both keep current with shifts in markets, technologies, and competition, and accelerate the pace of innovation and change

The Participants

Senior general and technical executives whose organizations compete in an environment of rapidly-changing markets, technologies, and cultures, including: CEOs; Presidents; COOs; Executive Vice Presidents; heads of R&D, Engineering, Manufacturing & IS; Chief Technologists; Corporate Planners; Corporate Strategists; Vice Presidents of Marketing and New Venture Development; and other senior managers with leadership responsibility.


Deborah Ancona, Seley Distinguished Professor of Management, is faculty director of the MIT Leadership Center. She is engaged in research examining core leadership capabilities. Her work includes the design and creation of leadership courses and workshops, a leadership model, and a 360-degree survey instrument.

One of a Series: MIT Holidays

MIT Closed - Veterans Day

November 11, 2019

Cambridge, MA

Essential IT for Non-IT Executives

November 12-13, 2019

Do you feel as though everything regarding IT takes too long and costs too much? Do you lack the language and instincts to make good decisions regarding IT? Is your company falling behind the competition in your use of technology?

Essential IT for Non-IT Executives offers essential IT management training to help non-technical senior business managers work with, oversee, and generate value from IT. Drawing on MIT Sloan research, faculty present strategies for instituting a working relationship between IT managers and business managers based on transparency?clear communication about IT performance and decision processes. The program is not meant to make an IT specialist out of every manager, but to make every manager confident in resolving IT issues and working with IT staff to make better decisions and to deliver better process change.

Through case studies, research reports, hands-on exercises, and interactive discussions with industry experts, participants learn

* how to align IT with their organizations' business goals * how to communicate those goals * how to set business and technology priorities based on those goals

Participants come away from Essential IT for Non-IT Executives with a senior manager's perspective on the most important IT issues of the day. And they leave with a clear sense of their own role in streamlining company performance through technology.

The Participant Team

This program is designed for line managers and corporate strategists who want a better handle on their role in IT oversight and management. The material is especially relevant for non-technical managers with IT responsibilities. In turn, IT managers will gain a better perspective on how to work productively with the company's senior executives. In fact, we strongly encourage participants to attend this program in tandem or as teams of IT and non-IT managers. Away from the habitual patterns of everyday work, colleagues learn to collaborate in ways they've never thought possible. Past participants have included senior managers at the division or corporate level:

* CEOs * corporate and strategic planners * presidents * executive vice presidents * COOs * vice presidents of operations


George Westerman, Faculty Chair and a Research Scientist at MIT Center for Information Systems Research, examines executive-level management challenges at the interface between IT and business units. His reasearch on risk management, innovation, and communicating about value, including award-winning publications, is used by organizations throughout the world.

One of a Series: MIT Holidays

MIT Closed - Thanksgiving Day

November 28, 2019

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MIT Closed - Day After Thanksgiving

November 29, 2019

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MIT Closed - Christmas Day

December 25, 2019