“Everything around us that is human-made is the result of projects that were planned and executed to enhance the world we live in,” says Olivier de Weck, MIT Apollo Program Professor of Astronautics and Engineering Systems and lead faculty instructor of MIT xPRO’s project management course, Project Management: Leading Organizations to Success.
Organizations everywhere are upskilling employees with corporate training that focuses on emerging technologies. But essential skills—what some call “soft skills”—can be equally important in many professional contexts.
System Thinking Is the Cognitive Skill of the 21st Century Look around you, and you’ll see: life as we know it is becoming more and more complex.
Thinking about continuing your education with an online business management course but worried that you don’t have the right background?
Chief Learning Officers (CLOs) are responsible for more than skill building or compliance-based trainings. In the age of remote-first work, when talent retention and overall job satisfaction is a top priority, investing in workplace learning is no longer optional. The Learning and Development (L&D) strategy your company adopts can play a significant role in shaping its organizational culture and capabilities.
"The two questions that companies are asking themselves now is: 'Are my workers set up for success?' and 'Do they have the skills they need to keep up with increasingly new and complex technological changes?'”
Did you know that MIT xPRO hosts free live webinars and Q&As, led by MIT faculty and instructors? These virtual presentations detail the ins-and-outs of MIT xPRO's courses and programs and cover special topics in emerging technology and workforce education. Join MIT instructors to explore topics like systems thinking, supply chain management, additive manufacturing, machine learning, and more in these upcoming webinars:.
There’s a story that John Wass likes to tell to illustrate the value of systems thinking. A CEO is holding the end of quarter meeting with their executive team. They go around the table, and everyone proudly reports that they’ve hit their KPIs. There’s just one problem. The CEO hasn’t achieved the company’s overall profitability goals. “Why,” the CEO asks, “Am I not doing great when all of you are?”
The coronavirus pandemic has up ended the business world, education, and the workplace and landed us in a protracted moment of uncertainty and disruption. Companies are scrambling to manage distributed teams and coordinate work remotely, while retaining customers and finding new sources of revenue. Some must fully reinvent themselves to survive, as their traditional markets have shrunk or disappeared entirely.