Why should you care: Creating the conditions for excellence

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Spring 2015 Reading Group
Meets: Th 3:30pm - 5:30pm
1 classroom credit

CCE explores how to identify and overcome the barriers to personal and professional excellence, barriers that are often counter-intuitive such as a focus on individual achievement. Through a series of leadership case studies we will investigate the common challenges that hinder even the most effective organizations and individuals as they pursue the desire to grow and increase impact. A belief in or curiosity about the personal point of view is required as we assess how to belong to and lead organizations.

CCE is a new course and in many ways an experiment that is enormously energizing to us. It's a half course at the business school (1.5 credits), and we are delighted to work with students who find themselves in need of another half course with an independent project. Amy Schulman is the most senior female practitioner who has ever joined the HBS faculty. Frances has studied organizational excellence for more than 20 years. Amy and Frances work together helping organizations create the conditions for people to thrive. Organizations ranging from the US State Department to large public financial companies to small start-ups. We are bringing to this class the contexts we have explored deeply, the lessons learned and perhaps most importantly the remaining open questions. We are also bringing our deeply held beliefs about the difference individuals can make. The course has an operating perspective that combines optimism, pragmatism and very little cynicism.

Our definition of leadership: leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence. And having it last into your absence. Many people make the commitment to serve. We want to help a subset set of you to also make the decision to lead.

All course materials are furiously in process.

CCE has a small enrollment cap due to law school enrollment limitations of 20 students for reading courses. We want half HBS and half HLS students to pilot an environment where organizational and legal perspectives can jointly enhance decision-making.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to Amy or Frances if we can be helpful in your decision making.

Subject Areas: Procedure & Practice , Disciplinary Perspectives & Law .

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