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Leading Innovation in the Public Sector: An Interview with The World Bank’s Elizabeth Petheo

Elizabeth Petheo works for The World Bank in Washington, DC. Throughout her career she has led international development projects in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, and Latin America and the Caribbean. She is also a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2014.

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27
March
2014

Five Startup Strategies to Encourage Innovation

Diane Rucker is former Strategic Technology Manager at Seagate in Bloomington, MN and a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2014.

One evening, as I was walking by the MIT Media Lab, I noticed a man ahead of me carrying four or five laptop cases slung over his shoulders. I called out, “Even for MIT, that’s a lot of computers!” Turning to grin at me, he introduced himself ...

19
March
2014

3 Lenses for Management Success

Dedric Carter is a former senior advisor for strategic initiatives in the Office of the Director National Science Foundation in Arlington, Va. and a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2014. He is currently associate dean of engineering and professor of practice at Washington University in St. Louis.

In moving quickly, we can easily become entrenched in our own perspective, oblivious to ...

10
March
2014

The Consistency Trap: How to Avoid Predictable Mistakes

Jason Stack is a Program Officer at the U.S. Office of Naval Research in Arlington, Va. and a member of the MIT Sloan EMBA class of 2014.

While working at my previous company our senior management made a bet-the-company move to fundamentally redesign our product lines. Unbeknownst at the time, the new design had a subtle yet fatal flaw. Once discovered and alerted to leadership, the ...

21
February
2014

Predicting Consumer Behavior with Data Analytics: Example Show of Hands Mobile App

Amjad Hussain is CEO of SilkRoute, a global e-Commerce and supply chain solutions provider in Detroit, MI, and a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2012. He also is an investor in the mobile polling app Show of Hands. Tony Bacos is founder and president of Show of Hands in Beaverton, OR and a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2012.

If you’re not familiar with it, business analytics ...

01
February
2014

Predicting Consumer Behavior with Data Analytics: Example Show of Hands Mobile App

Amjad Hussain is CEO of SilkRoute, a global e-Commerce and supply chain solutions provider in Detroit, MI, and a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2012. He also is an investor in the mobile polling app Show of Hands. Tony Bacos is founder and president of Show of Hands in Beaverton, OR and a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2012.

If you’re not familiar with it, business analytics ...

01
February
2014

How to Make a Reorganization an Opportunity for Renewal and Growth

Fernando Dangond, M.D. is head of medical affairs for neurodegenerative diseases for the U.S. at EMD Serono in Rockland, MA. and a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2012.

Companies invariably go through cycles with ups and downs – and often the inexorable “re-org” period. How you come out of crises depends largely on your personality, your training, and your attitude ...

31
January
2014

Communicating Difficult Truths “Upwards”

Ravi Subrahmanyan is director of system integration at InVisage Technologies Inc. in Londonderry, NH and a member of the MIT EMBA Class of 2016.

Have you had to deal with communicating a difficult truth to someone high up in your company like a CEO, CTO or VP? It’s not always easy, especially when the news is something they really don’t want to hear. I’ve struggled w ...

14
January
2014

An Entrepreneur’s View on Networking at MIT

Serial entrepreneur Roger Cockroft is chairman and CEO of Buhive LLC in Annapolis, MD. and Buhive AS in Norway, and a member of the MIT EMBA Class of 2014.

When you get to a certain level in business, networking becomes a challenge. You become the gatekeeper of your network, and others want to gain access and exploit it. Finding a safe environment can be very challenging if not impos ...

07
January
2014

8 Ways to Make Work-From-Home Arrangements Succeed

Charles Rizzo is CFO at John Hancock Mutual Funds in Boston, MA. and a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2013.

In this day and age, organizations are moving quickly towards remote capability and a mobilized virtual workforce. Flexible work arrangements – meaning employees setting up work-from-home capabilities (WFH) — are becoming a common means for increased employee reten ...

06
January
2014

What is Special About a $2 Bill?

Erik Mintz is Director of Constant Contact's EventSpot product in West Palm Beach, FL. and a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2013.

On Dec 3rd, 2011, I discovered I was not alone in my admiration for $2 bills. On this day, during our first semester at MIT (EMBA class of 2013), we were discussing “financial instruments” with Professor Christopher Noe. Professor Noe took ...

06
December
2013

The Culture Multiplier Model of Leadership: 7 Ways to Enhance Your Management Results

Michael Murray is Industrial segment and area sales director at Analog Devices in Wilmington, MA. and a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2014.

An entrepreneurial approach to managing people can and does work at an established global organization as well as at small companies. It comes down to culture and a willingness to promote an entrepreneurial spirit across the company and to enabl ...

22
November
2013

How a Serial Entrepreneur Applies MBA Lessons to Running a Preschool

Bruce Huang, Ph.D., is a serial entrepreneur, founder of Cranehill Learning Services, Inc. in Dallas, TX and a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2012

As the founder of private schools, my goals are to drive enrollment and offer quality education to preschool through twelfth grade students. In particular, I want to increase enrollment in our preschools, as students who enroll at that ag ...

16
November
2013

Incoming Students Represent “Extraordinary Diversity”

Jonathan Lehrich is a lecturer and program director of the MIT Executive MBA program, and a member of the MIT Sloan MBA class of 2005.

Since the MIT EMBA program was launched, we’ve strived to increase our global reach through both the curriculum and the student body. In fact, the diversity of students’ perspectives is an important part of the program. Classroom learning ...

21
October
2013

4 Ways to Empower Your Team and Achieve Better Results

Erik Waal is senior director of global systems, storage and backups at Monster Worldwide, Inc. in Boston, MA. and a member of the MIT EMBA class of 2014.

Leadership is a term that is completely overused, seldom realized when present, and quickly highlighted when absent. The function of leadership is not only to motivate, but also to empower. Dwight D. Eisenhower perhaps described it b ...

11
October
2013