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WSP 92 — Purpose: What It Is, Why We Need It, and How to Find It

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Saturday and Sunday
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 2 days
Date(s): Oct 17—Oct 18
Time: 10:00 am—12:30 pm (PT)
Drop Deadline: Oct 10
Unit: 0
Grade Restriction: NGR only; no credit/letter grade
Tuition: $250
Instructor(s): Leah Weiss
Status: Cancelled
Live Online(About Formats)
Saturday and Sunday
10:00 am—12:30 pm (PT)
Oct 17—Oct 18
2 days
Drop By
Oct 10
0 Unit
Grade Restriction
NGR only; no credit/letter grade
Leah Weiss
Finding purpose in life and work is the key to health, happiness, longevity, and engagement, whether at work, at home, or throughout retirement. Purpose is also the key ingredient for resilience. As Viktor Frankl famously put it, “Those who have a ‘why’ to live, can bear with almost any ‘how.’” The problem is that many of us are unaware of what our purpose is or how to find it. Our calendars and to-do lists rarely prompt us to reflect on and update our purpose so it fits our current stage of life, its demands, and its opportunities. And for those who have clarity in purpose, the challenge often becomes how to effectively link this purpose to the activities that fill our days. This workshop will present an overview of research that reveals how purpose can be enhanced, providing evidence-based tools and strategies that students can experiment with. Students will participate in interactive exercises designed to help them clarify their purpose and then put it into clearer focus in their daily activities. They will identify sources of burnout and disengagement and learn how to apply purpose to the areas of life that are most challenging. By the end of the workshop, students will understand why purpose is essential in every stage of life and where to find it.

Leah Weiss, Lecturer, Stanford Graduate School of Business; Researcher; Consultant; Entrepreneur; Author

Leah Weiss teaches “Compassionate Leadership” at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where she created the course “Leading with Mindfulness and Compassion.” She is a principal teacher and a founding faculty member of Stanford’s Compassion Cultivation Program, conceived by the Dalai Lama. She is also the co-founder of Skylyte, a company that specializes in using neuroscience and behavior change techniques to empower high-performing leaders and managers in preventing burnout for themselves and their teams. She received a PhD from Boston College.