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.

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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Landing A Jumbo Jet In A Hurricane

Posted by MIT Sloan Fellows on August 11, 2020

An aviation metaphor is particularly apt for the high-growth enterprise EDZCOM that Mikko Uusitalo, SF ’08, founded in 2014. The company—which operates the fastest high-performance private network systems in Finland for demanding environments such as energy plants, mining operations, and transportation hubs— counts Helsinki-Vantaa International Airport among its high-profile clients. Uusitalo and his team labored for six years to bring their venture to a cruising altitude that would attract a buyer in the global telecommunications sector. EDZCOM was on a…
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Surfing The Waves Of Four Crises

Posted by MIT Sloan Fellows on August 11, 2020

If you ask Rocio Fonseca, SF ’14 , how she is tackling the present crisis, don’t be surprised if she retorts, “Which one?” Before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Fonseca, Chief Innovation Officer of the Chilean Economic Development Agency (CORFO), was navigating three other nationwide challenges—severe economic inequality, social unrest, and the climate crisis. The stakes on each are high. Chile must rapidly innovate its way out of 200 years of institutional siloing or face even more serious economic,…
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Lessons From The Second Law Of Thermodynamics

Posted by MIT Sloan Fellows on August 11, 2020

In the realm of crisis management, few leaders have as venerable a reputation as Thad Allen, SF ’89. Former Commandant of the United States Coast Guard, Allen has been summoned by the country’s leaders to tackle the most formidable challenges of their presidencies. Former President George W. Bush called on Allen to reboot the disastrous Hurricane Katrina recovery effort, and when the Deep Water Horizon oil spill defied containment, former President Barack Obama asked Allen to take the helm. In…
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The Time For Thinking Big Is Now

Posted by MIT Sloan Fellows on August 11, 2020

As our work lives shrink to the size of laptop screens. As our personal lives contract to the size of a room, an apartment, or—if we’re lucky—a house and garden. Even as our minds are narrowed relentlessly to the immediate necessities of day-to-day life, Célestin Monga, SF ’95, says loud and clear that we should be thinking bigger and broader than ever. Monga, a visiting professor of public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, former Managing Director at the United…
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