To My Classes

Here are a few words I offered to my IEM “students” this morning.  I thought I’d replicate them here as well.

A major part of what we are doing within IEM is related to “professional development.” As graduate students, you already have technical backgrounds and have demonstrated the ability to learn important concepts and methods and apply them. The goal now is to work together to help each of you find ways to leverage and amplify your abilities so that you stand out as leaders. To be successful in that way, you want to develop your professional presence – your ability to communicate, your ability to express complex ideas, your ability to select a framework or construct a narrative that helps your team or organization move forward in the face of tough challenges. You then become a difference maker.

Scenario Planning and Strategy

I’ll mention that there’s an article in the Summer 2017 edition of the MIT Sloan Management Review on scenario planning.  We discuss scenario planning in my strategic planning course (IEM 646).  For those of you who took that course recently, you may want to take a look at the article in SMR.  It’s entitled “Using Scenario Planning to Reshape Strategy.”