MIT Sloan Presents New Executive Education Course, Strategies for Career Development: Charting Your Path to the C-Suite

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MIT Sloan is offering a new course for executives, Strategies for Career Development: Charting Your Path to the C-Suite, which aims to help executives understand and communicate the value they bring to the C-suite and provide them with a practical framework for charting their own professional course. It will take place on September 26 – 27, 2019, at the MIT Sloan campus in Cambridge, MA.

This program is geared toward executives currently operating one or two levels below the C-suite, regardless of industry; executives preparing for or in the midst of career change, whether a change in title, responsibility, or industry; and offers valuable insight regarding executive women and glass-ceiling patterns, as well as the role of external recruitment. Strategies for Career Development is designed to help executives understand their strengths as related to the C-suite, and provide them with a framework for professional advancement, as well as provide guidance on entrepreneurial thinking and self-correction.

The course is co-taught by expert advisor and coach on leadership and organizational transformation, and author of Crack the C-Suite Code: How Successful Leaders Make it to the Top, Cassandra Frangos, Ed.D., and Roberto Fernandez, William F. Pounds Professor in Management and a Professor of Organization Studies at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Together, Frangos and Fernandez will present results from their latest research on the changing C-suite landscape, how to navigate bias and break through the glass ceiling, and will present the current trends in executive search.

 Program content will include:

*Four core paths one can follow to reach the C-suite: The Tenured Executive, The Free Agent, The Leapfrog Leader, and The Founder

*Guiding questions that clarify the risks and rewards associated with each path

*Accelerators and derailers that either enhance or detract from one’s chances to succeed

*Advice on how to leverage one’s experience, leadership brand, networks, social capital, and mindset for career advancement

*Importance of maintaining consistency while managing disruption

*Insight on how the evolving role of the CEO affects one’s strategy to reach the top

*Role of analytics and predictive analysis to monitor and rank internal candidates

*Valuable takeaways for leaders orchestrating their succession and/or recruiting their next C-level executives

Expected takeaways include:

*Strategies one can follow to reach the C-suite

*When to follow and when to disrupt company culture

*How the flattening of organizations opens new pathways to the top

*Tips for presenting and marketing personal brand internally and externally

*Current trends in executive recruiting and what to do when contacted by a recruiter

*What today’s business landscape requires of senior leaders

*What to do if one’s plan doesn’t go as planned

All participants will receive 360° feedback to discover insight into their strengths and their areas for development.

For more information about this new executive education offering at MIT Sloan, visit the course Web site.

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