Monday, June 14, 2010

Back to school... at Harvard



This week, you will notice that our blog will not offer the usualy daily updates, simply because I am "back in school" for one week.  Every few years, I like to take Executive programs from established institutions as a way to benchmark our LSI programs, and to ensure that our materials stay fresh and always ahead of the curve.  A few years ago, I completed the Executive program from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the areas of operations management, and this year, I decided to enroll into the Executive program at Harvard Business School. 

The honest truth is that I wasn't sure if I will be accepted into Harvard, because they tend to focus primarily on large corporate-based "students", so I was pleasantly surprised to be accepted into the program.  The Executive program I am taking is an intensive, immersion-type program that essentially translates into a 16-hr per day, 7-days-a-week non-stop initiative, with 4 to 5 hrs of assignments each day.  With focus on relevant case studies, the program is highly engaging but also very demanding.


I hope to learn some of the latest trends and studies about corporate strategy, global management, future-oriented customer service, human resource development, to name some of the topics covered.

In any case, I will be drowning in assignments and class work, so the blog will be "light" this week.  I hope to share much of what I learned next week when I will have a bit more time (after catching up on sleep!).
 
In case you are curious about Harvard, here's a brief outline from wikipedia and Harvard websites:

Harvard Business School (HBS) is the graduate business school of Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts. The school offers a full-time MBA program, doctoral programs, and executive education programs. It owns Harvard Business School Publishing, which publishes business books, online management tools for corporate learning, case studies, and the monthly Harvard Business Review. It is ranked 1st among American business schools by the U.S. News & World Report (tied with the Stanford Graduate School of Business. It is consistently ranked in the top ten of other national and global business school rankings, and is one of six Ivy League business schools.
The executive programs demand a great deal from both the faculty who create and deliver the courses and the business professionals who take them. Once accepted into the program, executives are immersed in a leadership training that will challenge their assumptions, disrupt their ordinary ways of doing business, and introduce them to new and unexpected ways of thinking. By participating, they will prepare for the next steps in their careers and lives demonstrating leadership here, in their classes and among their peers. Most important, they will return to their organizations with fresh ideas, new business skills, and a greater capacity for addressing the challenges their companies will face.

Harvard Business School Executive Education is not for everyone. Those who accept the challenge, however, will find unique rewards with lasting impact for their companies and careers. Participants can expect a carefully integrated mix of lectures, presentations, business simulations, small group discussions, and the hallmark HBS case-study method.

2 comments:

Bob B said...

now you will know,how the Blackbelts feel during Extreme kaizen
good luck
Bob B

Lean Sensei said...

That's true.... But we didn't give you guys 5 hrs of homework each day!

Anyways, it's good to study once in a while!