Now: Personal Creativity and Innovation (BUS-MHR 390)
With the guidance of Michael Camp, I've taken the best of nearly a decade of creativity teaching experience and added some great new elements, including two Harvard Business School cases — on product development at IDEO and retaining talent at Cirque du Soleil.
If you're an OSU undergraduate business student, here is an overview:
Personal Creativity and Innovation (BUS-MHR 390) explores how people, places and practices foster human creativity. Students discuss: What is creativity? How can I become more creative? How can we lead others to greater creativity? Readings include academic, management, spiritual, confessional, and self-development literature on creativity, productivity, happiness and the optimal experience. Assignments include private daily writings and self-assessments of personal creativity. In order to become more creative, students must be willing to look within themselves and share what they find.
A teacher of artists and MBAs, children and adults, Artie bridges the gap between right and left brains in the corporation and within the individual. Students read and discuss the science and art of creativity, share personal experiences, write daily, take weekly field trips, and look deeply within themselves to better understand how to become more creative. In the end, students are more creative, can better relate to highly creative people, and have a personal curriculum for lifelong creative development, including a goal statement on just how the student plans to change the world.
Here are some comments from three wonderful students who took the 2008 MBA creativity class:
"I learned how to recognize and capitalize on creative opportunities. I learned techniques to push the envelope of my creativity."
"This was an interesting adventure of self discovery, a unique experience that is a MUST! An atypical, entertaining, keeps-your-attention instructor who breaks the norm."
"This 'can-opener' will open your mind and emotions and expose your complexities in an environment not only safe enough to discover and explore them but to speak openly about them and with a community of new confidantes. The readings help you understand your struggle and ease you into the realm of deep questioning in an intense and intriguing manner. Expect to test and develop your emotional maturity in an unorthodox MBA setting. Each class is different and you can never get enough; you're not supposed to – this class merely sets things in motion that will help you be more attentive to your whole self beyond this class. Don't expect to be uncomfortable forever – you'll begin to like what you discover about yourself."
On the other hand, some recent students suggested that I offer some warnings to students who are thinking about taking the class. So, let your expectations be guided:
1. The course can be unpredictable. I will lead (and be led) as the classroom conversation strays. Do not expect predictability.
2. The course is deceptively difficult. There is much reading and writing. But the work does not have diminishing returns; incremental effort yields incremental gain.
The syllabus is new and improved (and always under renovation). In its current form, it is here.