July 2017 News

Interview with Dean Annette Ranft

In this month’s featured staff interview, we chat with Dean Ranft, who speaks about Executive Education’s unique program and our ability to bring partners from across campus and draw into their expertise. Additionally, Dean Ranft highlights the major strategic challenges facing businesses today, for example, the rapidly accelerating accumulation of data.

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Inventing The Future

Innovation is as essential as it is difficult. Organizational cultures capable of “inventing the future” are rare, but the discipline of design provides people with tools and techniques to think differently, see new opportunities, and create impactful, innovative solutions. To help participants think and do differently, NC State Executive Education utilizes the ExperienceInnovation™ simulation from ExperiencePoint. This simulation, built in collaboration with celebrated design consultancy IDEO, is an expert-guided workshop that explores the fundamentals of IDEO’s design thinking approach. During a 4-hour session, participants tackle a business challenge in a team-based competition. Outcomes: Improved confidence and competence in innovation efforts, and foundational knowledge of design thinking to apply to real-world challenges. To learn more about ExperienceInnovation™, or other opportunities to learn about design thinking, please contact Dr. Leigh Shamblin at lsbrown2@ncsu.edu.

StateView Hotel Opening This Summer

StateView Hotel, scheduled to open in Summer 2017, will be the perfect place for participants in Executive Education programs to stay. The StateView Hotel will feature 164 guest rooms and suites, a signature restaurant and bar with private dining, fully-equipped business and fitness centers.

What Is More Important For Creating Successful Teams, Design or Coaching?

From insights to innovation. Executive Education helps our participants learn how to successfully address real world problems from leading teams to leading organizations. Kirkman’s research focuses on leadership, international management, virtual teams, team leadership, and empowerment. Click to read more about the six important factors for team success and tactics for strengthening team performance. Additionally Kirkman’s new book, 3D Team Leadership, is a complete guide for the complex challenge of teaming today.