If you can’t join us for MYLO (see above) or one of our courses at Harvard (see below), please contact us about creating a custom program for your organization. We’ve worked with both small and large organizations from a variety of industries, including education, energy, financial services, information technology, automotive, medical devices, retail, and telecommunications.
Creativity is serious business. Whether in the business, not-for-profit, or public sector, organizations increasingly need people that understand the creative process, know how to manage creative professionals, and can develop an organizational climate that fosters innovation. This course focuses on creativity and innovation, examining the interplay between creativity, organizational processes and systems, and successful innovation. Throughout the course we explore tools and techniques for fostering individual and group creativity, management practices that foster (or inhibit) innovation, methods for developing and evaluating ideas for new products, services, and the business models to execute these ideas, and principles and practices for leading innovation. Using a variety of readings, case examples, discussions, experiential exercises, and a challenging team project, students explore and apply the principles and innovation. See more about this course by clicking here.
Teams are increasingly used in business, the public, and nonprofit sectors, as well as in academia, to tackle more challenging issues that require a diverse set of skills. Strong teams require capable leadership, attention to process, innovative ideas, excellent communication, and an appreciation for different skills and work styles. While much is known about what makes some teams more successful than others, few people are trained in how to effectively create, build, and manage teams. This course focuses on learnings and best practices in team formation, working on a team, leading teams, and managing multiple teams. Throughout the course we use readings, discussions, cases, action learning exercises, and team projects as a platform to dissect common team issues, and strategies and tactics to overcome these challenges. We also cover special issues in working in virtual teams, team communications, working through team dynamics, and tips and traps in managing teams. See more about this course by clicking here.
This intensive course focuses on developing a strategic understanding of how businesses create value by linking market opportunities to business models, execution, and financial outcomes. This course helps students answer some of the most important questions in running a business, including: How do businesses create value? What are the elements of a business model, and how do they fit together? What financial results should a business leader expect? What are the operational levers behind financial outcomes? How do markets evolve, and how should this affect the timing of investments in new areas? Who should be on your competitive radar? How can leaders align organizational systems and structure with their business model to improve organizational effectiveness? Drawing on both classic and current examples, the course is intensely interactive, with an emphasis on team-based problem solving. See more about this course by clicking here.
Managing others may not be complex, but it is certainly not easy. Simple, straightforward management principles can often be deceptively difficult to implement. This course teaches the fundamentals of management from different angles – managing oneself, managing organizational life, and managing others (managing upward, downward, and sideways). Using a variety of readings, written assignments, in-class exercises, and case discussions, the class focuses on understanding individual strengths, preferences, and blind spots – our own and others’ – and working with other people to advance career goals and organizational objectives. Management requires judgment and students should expect to grapple with ambiguous situations that do not have simple solutions. See more about this course by clicking here.
Design thinking is a method of applying creativity to come up with novel solutions to tough problems. It’s the process of immersing oneself in a problem space, thinking creatively around pain points and opportunity areas, then iteratively prototyping totally new solutions. Focused on listening, user empathy, whole-brain thinking, collaboration, and experimentation, design thinking can be applied within any team and in any field; from architecture and design to healthcare and product development. Everything from the Swiffer to the Apple Watch has been a result of design thinking, and the techniques and tools can also be applied to problems in the nonprofit and public sectors. This course delves into the fundamentals of this creative approach by immersing students in the doing of design thinking. Throughout the course, students learn how to empathize with the needs and motivations of the end users, come up with a large number of ideas for solving a problem, hone in on the right value proposition, and start to prototype a new offering. See more about this course by clicking here.