Being a creative and innovative leader requires an artful knowledge and execution of keen business and management practices. You are invited to explore the difference between innovation and creativity and how to use each in taking your job and organization to a higher, more competitive level. This course guides you through various theories and practices key to creativity and innovation. You will learn about the Medici Effect; Copy, Transform, Remix; Divergent Thinking, and Mind Mapping. Through lecture, readings, and activities you will explore the most recent discoveries on creativity and innovation by neuroscience and what insights and skills can be developed and applied through the work of Ken Robinson, Daniel Pink, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, and David Whyte.
In this course, you will gain:
• More effective and efficient strategies for innovating and creating in your job
• A well-defined strategy for implementing learned skills at work and at home
• Techniques for applying innovation and creativity to management and leadership
Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.
Textbooks and Materials
All materials are supplied within the online course.
Jim LoPresti, Ph.D., PCC, Founder, CohereUs Consulting Int'l
Jim LoPresti, Ph.D., has worked in both corporate and academic worlds, blending practice and theory, for over thirty five years. He brings proven expertise to his clients in executive coaching, negotiation skills/conflict resolution, leadership through story-telling, resilience and stress management, team building, senior management alignment, introducing and leveraging change, and cultural transformation. With a strong foundation in emotional/social intelligence, he successfully incorporates right and left brain methodologies and neuroplasticity into highly analytical business environments to help inspire “big picture” perspectives.
LoPresti has worked with a broad range of audiences, such as “C” suite executive leaders, senior and middle managers, front line workers, and executive MBA and undergraduate students. Some of the industries where LoPresti has employed his consulting and facilitation skills include large multinational and medium size corporations, private equity firms, academia, information technology, construction, pharmaceuticals and health care, and government. Some of Jim’s clients include: Comcast, Johns-Manville, Century-Link, RJ Reynolds, Sanofi/Adventis Int’l, SAP, UCAR, Oracle, Colorado Dept. of Higher Education, and the National Science Foundation.
LoPresti holds a doctorate in literature from the University of Denver and is a certified professional coach through the International Coach Federation. He was a major contributor to both the first and second editions of Management: A Focus on Leadership by Annie McKee for Pearson/Prentice Hall. Currently, he is a senior instructor at the Business School of the University of Colorado Denver, as well as an independent management/leadership consultant.