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Syllabus: Designing an Innovation Centered Career

Course title: Designing an Innovation-Centered Career Instructor: Sandra Noonan Course premise: Contemporary tech innovators like Steve Jobs, Jeff Bezos, Larry Page and Sergey Brin have changed the way we live, work, socialize and transact. Their products have birthed new industries, shaped societies and marked whole generations of people. These remarkable individuals are elite innovators who produce, create, and propel change. Often, their success is attributed to innate genius — they are assumed to be whiz kids who won the genetic lottery. That may be true, but it is not the whole story. Aside from fortuitous genetics, specific conditions produced these individuals. We would be remiss if we did not examine the attitudes, mindsets and behaviors that elite innovators have in common, and how these can be taught in the classroom. The Innovator’s Elixir Elite innovators have a propensity to spot problems that others don’t notice or simply take for granted. They combine that skill with an ability to imagine, develop, and bring to life marketable solutions to the problems that excite them. Together, these skills make up the innovator’s elixir, and help to explain their capacity for outsized value creation. The main premise of this course is that the innovator’s elixir comprises principles, personal values and mindsets that can be studied, broken down, and passed on. This is a hybrid course – part career design, part innovation workshop. Students...

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