Creative Leadership

Tom developed the class “Tools & Techniques for Creative Leaders” for the Illinois Institute of Technology’s Institute of Psychology. He will be offering an all-day one-session version of some of this material for IIT’s Stuart School of Business’ new Mini-MBA Program in May of 2010. Tom draws upon the principles of Servant-Leadership for his work in leadership development.

“The MFA is the new MBA.” So said Daniel Pink in a “A Whole New Mind – Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the World. Creativity and innovation are driving a great deal of global economic development. In fact, the Council on Competitiveness has announced that “Innovation will be the single most important factor in determining America’s success through the 21st century.” So, to paraphrase the famous commercial from the California Milk Processor Board, “Got creativity?” This class will help students assess and develop their own creative abilities and expose them to multiple tools and techniques to enhance their personal and professional creativity. We will explore the role of creativity in the American experience and how it is a driver for economic development. The class will combine readings and individual and team work that will give participants hands-on experience in using creative methods to explore and solve problems.

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