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Learner Career Outcomes

50%

started a new career after completing these courses

29%

got a tangible career benefit from this course

14%

got a pay increase or promotion

Shareable Certificate

Earn a Certificate upon completion

100% online

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.

Approx. 14 hours to complete

Suggested: 3-4 hours/week...

English

Subtitles: English, Portuguese (Brazilian)

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1

Week 1

4 hours to complete

Using Design Principles to Innovate and Find Opportunities

4 hours to complete
10 videos (Total 46 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
10 videos
Course Overview with Ed Colgate56s
Innovating and Finding Opportunities by Design4m
​Design is about People5m
Adopting the Traits of a Design Innovator6m
Uncovering Opportunities with a Design Innovation Mindset4m
Design Research6m
​Tools and Techniques for Design Research5m
Observations to Insights6m
​Generating How Might We (HMW) Questions from Insights3m
4 readings
Meet Your Professors10m
Course Grading & Logistics10m
Suggested Readings (Optional)10m
Optional Reading: Empathy on the Edge10m
Week
2

Week 2

2 hours to complete

Exploring Ideas

2 hours to complete
3 videos (Total 15 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
3 videos
Generating Ideas7m
Storyboarding Concepts3m
1 reading
Supplementary Visuals & Exercises10m
Week
3

Week 3

4 hours to complete

Prototyping to Learn

4 hours to complete
6 videos (Total 51 min)
6 videos
Value of Prototyping13m
​How to Prototype6m
Preparing to Test Prototypes with Users5m
Testing Prototypes with Users8m
The Role of Prototypes in Decision-Making and Leadership14m
Week
4

Week 4

4 hours to complete

Leading Design Innovation

4 hours to complete
6 videos (Total 26 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
6 videos
Communicating about Design & Innovation5m
​Building the Team5m
Creating Space for Design & Innovation4m
ROI for Innovation4m
Conclusion to Course 5 with Dean Blount1m
3 readings
Design Worksheet10m
Example Completed Design Worksheet10m
Optional Reading: Design Thinking Comes of Age10m

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About the Organizational Leadership Specialization

Equip yourself to successfully lead organizations through clarity of purpose and effective collaboration — by building and motivating teams; designing and delivering powerful stories; developing strategies to appropriately influence; understanding underlying customer analytics and applying innovative approaches to deliver impact. How do aspiring managers succeed in an ever-changing business environment? How do they lead different groups to action? This specialization equips aspiring managers to lead change and leverage different roles and functions within for-profit institutions to create lasting value in the marketplace. Throughout the five courses, we will explore how great leaders assess themselves and lead collaborative teams that effectively manage negotiations and conflict. We will discover how leaders communicate through storytelling and employ other communication strategies to influence. Furthermore, we will learn how organizations start with the clarity of purpose that comes from an understanding of customers’ needs, including leveraging data analytics, and use that focus to drive the design of products and services to meet those needs effectively. At the end of the coursework, students will create a capstone project that allows them to apply what they have learned. Each of the individual courses can be audited for free: 1-High Performance Collaboration: Leadership, Teamwork, and Negotiation, 2-Leadership Communication for Maximum Impact: Storytelling, 3-Leadership Through Social Influence, 4-Leadership Through Marketing, 5-Leadership Through Design Innovation....
Organizational Leadership

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  • When you enroll in the course, you get access to all of the courses in the Specialization, and you earn a certificate when you complete the work. Your electronic Certificate will be added to your Accomplishments page - from there, you can print your Certificate or add it to your LinkedIn profile. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free.

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