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BUS 242 — Facing Challenge, Navigating Change: Leadership and the Hero’s Journey

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Tuesdays
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 8 weeks
Date(s): Apr 3—May 22
Time: 7:00 – 8:50 pm
Drop Deadline: Apr 16
Unit: 1
Tuition: $525
Instructor(s): Ellen Petry Leanse, Robert Ellis
Limit: 45
Status: Open
7:00 – 8:50 pm
Apr 3—May 22
8 weeks
Drop By
Apr 16
1 Unit
Ellen Petry Leanse, Robert Ellis
Every leader, entrepreneur, or organization answers a call to something greater—a path of impact and innovation aligned with a personal mission or quest. Yet the journey along that path is inherently uncertain and fraught with challenges. How we rise—or don’t rise—to these challenges shapes not only our ultimate destination, but also the learning and growth we achieve along the way.

This course calls upon a proven map, Joseph Campbell’s “The Hero’s Journey,” to help us navigate uncertainty and challenge. Using this timeless model, even the most forward-looking innovators will discover new tools for summoning the call (their vision, mission, and “why”), surviving the road of trials (finding product/market fit, pivoting, overcoming resistance), connecting with allies (mentors, boards, teams, partners, and catalysts), and understanding the cycles that shape every business journey. Guided by this map we will elevate our understanding of leadership and its effect on our own and others’ heroic journeys, mastering new ways to inspire, motivate, and empower ourselves and the people who join us on the path. This course offers practical, actionable ways to anticipate and master the heroic path that every business leader must take.

Please note: This course includes an optional field trip to the Computer History Museum in Mountain View on Saturday, May 5 at 1:00 pm. Students should expect to spend $20 on admission to the museum. Field trip transportation and ticket cost will be the responsibility of the student. More details will be provided in class. 

Ellen Petry Leanse, Tech Advisor; Entrepreneur; Innovation Coach

Ellen Petry Leanse has spent thirty-five years working with leaders at Apple, Google, Facebook, and more than forty tech startups. At Apple, she served on the Macintosh launch team and led the company’s pioneering work in creating online communities. Combining decades of perspective with insights from neuroscience, design, and mindfulness practice, she advises companies and individuals about impact and the paths to create it. Her new book is The Happiness Hack, a brain-aware guide to life satisfaction.

Robert Ellis, Executive Coach

Robert Ellis has worked for more than twenty years guiding hundreds of global executives and teams, from startup founders to CEOs, to increase impact, presentation skills, and authentic leadership. With a commitment to the inner journey of extraordinary leadership, his work focuses on the skill sets and mindsets that help individuals and organizations deliver their best game. His long-time use of “The Hero’s Journey” as a leadership framework is enriched by his expertise with numerous personal development methodologies, as well as with practices in the healing arts.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.