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BUS 161 — The Art and Science of Leadership: New Tools for Organizational Design

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Tuesdays
Course Format: On-campus course
Duration: 8 weeks
Date(s): Apr 4—May 23
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm
Drop Deadline: Apr 17
Unit: 1
Tuition: $450
Instructor(s): Ellen Petry Leanse
On-campus course
7:00—8:50 pm
Apr 4—May 23
8 weeks
Drop By
Apr 17
1 Unit
Ellen Petry Leanse
Empowering people to deliver results is a critical goal for any leader and company. Yet nearly everyone has experienced a work environment where people were disengaged, unfocused, and unproductive. Leveraging neuroscience, design thinking, and emerging practices in organizational development, this course gives leaders new tools for improving team engagement and performance in actionable, impactful ways. Case studies on Google’s exploration of psychological safety, Airbnb’s culture design, Equinix’s transformation of employee evaluations, and other lessons from lesser-known and well-known innovators will help you “think different” about the art and science of leadership.

We will explore the brain science behind motivation and bias, challenge assumptions about organizational hierarchies, look hard at the impact of culture, and understand new ways to forge employer/employee alliances. We will see how to build resiliency, creativity, and a growth mindset on any team. And we will look at ways to improve recruiting, retention, and accountability at organizations of any size.

Spanning the science and the spirit of organizational success, this course will give leaders a new toolkit for building, motivating, and developing teams in ways that work—and generate lasting impact.

Ellen Petry Leanse, Tech Advisor; Entrepreneur; Coach

Ellen Petry Leanse brings thirty-five years of hands-on work in Silicon Valley to her work as a coach, teacher, and strategist. A veteran of Apple and Google, she has advised multiple technology companies, including Facebook, Microsoft, NeXT, Oracle, Intuit, and more than forty startups. Author of a forthcoming book on brain-aware paths to creating impact, she integrates proven product design and strategy expertise with cognitive neuroscience. A member of the Macintosh launch team, Leanse was Apple’s first User Evangelist and forged the company’s pioneering steps into online communities. In 2012, PandoDaily named her one of tech’s top five marketers.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) David Rock, Quiet Leadership: Six Steps to Transforming Performance at Work (ISBN 0060835915)
(Recommended) Reid Hoffman, Ben Casnocha, Chris Yeh, The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age (ISBN 1625275773)