MIT Sloan Fellows Blog

MIT Sloan Fellows, alumni, and faculty put themselves in situations around the world where they believe they can have the most impact—and dig in to uncover truth in uncertainty, reason in chaos, and tackle the tough challenges from refreshingly new vantages.

Leadership Lessons In A Time Of Global Turbulence

Posted by MIT Sloan Fellows on August 11, 2020

This is a year when just stopping our heads from spinning for a day is an achievement to be celebrated. In the leadership realm, however, the weary have been afforded little rest. Yet, this is what leaders train for and how they define their careers. This is an opportunity to think about the management of organizations deeply, scientifically, humanely, holistically—and to find our way through an unprecedented set of crises that are testing our systems and challenging us to accomplish…
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Acknowledge Uncertainty And Learn As You Go

Posted by MIT Sloan Fellows on August 11, 2020

“The foundation of successful leadership during turbulent times is trust—gaining it and granting it,” says Antoinette Schoar, the Stewart C. Myers-Horn Family Professor of Finance and Entrepreneurship at MIT Sloan. It sounds simple, but Schoar points out that this essential building block was not universally set in place by global leaders during the COVID-19 pandemic. “This crisis has introduced unprecedented levels of uncertainty into our lives, and we must be able to trust our leaders in order to find our…
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Not Making Choices Is Choosing

Posted by MIT Sloan Fellows on August 11, 2020

“The operations of most enterprises and organizations during normal times are designed to address many sources of uncertainty,” says Retsef Levi, the J. Spencer Standish (1945) Professor of Management at MIT Sloan and codirector of the Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) program. “Airlines, for example, have plans to address weather uncertainty, and hospitals are prepared to handle variable loads on their emergency departments.” Levi explains that operating schemes of enterprises across many industries and sectors such as retail, healthcare, transportation,…
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Two Inflection Points, One Strategic Vision

Posted by MIT Sloan Fellows on August 11, 2020

  Pittsburgh Regional Alliance (PRA) President Mark Anthony Thomas, SF ’14, was recruited as a disruptor. “I’ve always been a nontraditional person in my roles,” says Thomas, “and leading the PRA is no exception. My appointment in 2019 came with a clear understanding that I would not be taking a business-as-usual approach.” As PRA president, Thomas is responsible for creating, developing, and executing the area’s economic development strategy to drive job creation and business investment. He spent his first four…
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Navigating Turbulence With Clarity Of Purpose

Posted by MIT Sloan Fellows on August 11, 2020

“It’s natural to react to a crisis in a purely tactical manner,” says Astellas Pharma President Percival Barretto-Ko, SF ’11. “When you do, however, you risk losing the connection to your purpose, your story. By that I mean, what is the narrative thread of our company that carries us through periods of turmoil? If you have clarity of purpose, the same story line should serve you just as well in bad times as in good.” Barretto-Ko became laser-focused on narrative…
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Catching The Updraft Of A Global Pandemic

Posted by MIT Sloan Fellows on August 11, 2020

  Calocurb Ltd. CEO Sarah Kennedy, SF ’11, clearly understands how fortunate she and her company have been in the time of COVID-19. The enterprise she leads is a New Zealand-based, business-to-consumer wellness product manufacturer with high profiles in Australasia, China, and the U.S. “Understandably, the pandemic has heightened everyone’s attention to health,” says Kennedy. “Our product lines support that, and our connections with customers are all web-based, so much of our business has continued as usual.” Which is not…
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