The Relevance of Executive Education

An entrepreneur is defined as a person who has possession of a new enterprise, venture or new idea and is accountable for the inherent risks and the outcome. That means that an entrepreneur is a constantly evolving creature, one who yearns for education and whose job makes it necessary to stay current, fresh, and most importantly, prepared for an ever changing landscape. Any successful VP, CEO, Director, what have you knows that there is more to your education career than grad school….so what comes next?

There are plenty of schools out there with a ‘mini MBA’ style courses, but some of our favorite programs are at the NYU Stern School of Business where the 2-3 day classes combine creativity, innovativeness, and key ideas to focus and freshen up on in the business world.  The courses here surpass executive programs we’ve attended in the past, using practical framework you can apply when you get back to the office Monday. ..and pointers you’ll be excited to share with your team.

We asked a few faculty members from NYU Stern’s School of Business about the benefits and importance of continuing your executive education.’s what they said:

Elizabeth Wolfe Morrison is the Professor of Management and Organizations at NYU Stern. Her classes include Leadership Training for High Potentials and Negotiation Strategies: Deal Makers and Breakers.

“Regardless of their formal position, and regardless of where they are in the career, participants come away from the LTHP program with a deeper appreciation of how they can be leaders.  Our goal is to help participants to see is that leadership is not a rare gift reserved for the select few, but rather, a mindset and approach to one’s work that is available to anyone who has the determination to lead.

Many smart, talented managers fail to live up to their potential as leaders because they don’t know how to sell their ideas or motivate and inspire others. This is why LTHP is so important – we help participants to see how they can be more effective in overcoming leadership challenges and in working effectively within complex organizations.”

Susan Stehlik, Clinical Assistant Professor of Management Communication is the Professor of newly launched (and oh so relevant) class titled Digital IQ.

“I recently spoke to C-suite executives of a growing global enterprise.  They said they were 90% confident about their marketing strategy but were at a complete loss with their on-line marketing.  Executive Education courses, like Digital IQ, give you perspective.  Most executives, especially in the C-Suite wouldn’t be where they are today if they didn’t know their business.  But, the landscape is changing so rapidly, that an executive needs to put it all in perspective.  Programs like Digital IQ give you the language to enter the discussion, and can frame the issues in a manner that makes the conversation back at the office more meaningful.  Sharing the classroom experience with other execs who are questioning similar strategies enhances the learning exponentially.

In short, education like business is much more about having the right questions, than having all the answers.  Executives need to frame those questions as our markets go global.  An Executive Education program puts you in a room with people who share your curiosity and desire to learn – both from the front of the room with faculty who are current on the research and along side of you with participants who add to the perspective with their own experience.”