Leading for Creativity: Empower Individuals and Teams

Innovation Enterprise Academy partnered with IDEO U

Innovation Academy has partnered with IDEO U to bring you Leadership for Creativity

“Leadership isn’t some burden or rite, it’s a craft. If you practice it enough, you can master it.”

– Tim Brown, CEO of IDEO

Course Description:

Leading for Creativity teaches approaches that empower individuals and teams to search for innovative solutions. You’ll learn how to break down a bold vision into actionable challenges; make adjustments to culture by designing rituals and space; and guide teams into the unknown through the process of experimentation. Tim Brown, along with some of IDEO’s most experienced leaders and inspiring creative partners, will help you unlock the potential of your team or organization.

Course Details:

1. Introduction: Unlock the power of questions to inspire others to navigate their work with confidence.

2. Leading with a Strong Point of View: Set a new course for your team or organization by crafting a well-framed challenge.

3. Leading through Culture: Design rituals that reinforce the beliefs and behaviors of creative teams and organizations.

4. Leading Alongside: Stay present and engaged with the work of your team as they experiment with innovative ideas.

What Makes this Course Different:

Leading for Creativity shares IDEO’s best practices on nurturing and inspiring creative organizations. These teachings are born from thirty years of practice with the top leaders and innovators around the globe. We’re releasing this point of view only through IDEO U, because we believe the world needs more creative leaders to tackle today’s toughest challenges.

Tim Brown, IDEO’s CEO, shares his personal leadership philosophy through this course. Over the years, he has advised senior executives and global Fortune 100 companies, participated in the World Economic Forum, and published a book on how design thinking transforms organizations.

This course takes you from the U.S. to China, Peru and beyond, to capture wisdom from leaders spanning diverse industries. You’ll explore these unique perspectives and have the opportunity to take these insights back to your team or organization.

How it Works:

Learn from some of IDEO’s most creative leaders through bite-sized videos

Watch creative leadership approaches in action through case studies from IDEO and other global organizations across industries

Work on challenges that you’re facing today with other like-minded leaders around the globe

Get frameworks and activities that you can practice with your team

Enter a dialogue with IDEO practitioners, community guides, and Tim himself

What You’ll Get:

A set of leadership approaches that will help you bring your unique vision to life out in the world

Downloadable activities that invite you and your team to co-create solutions to sticky challenges

Supplemental resources for you to go deeper with the course content

A certificate and course badge to post to your professional network

A network of likeminded leaders that spans across industries and functions

About the Course Leader

Tim Brown

CEO and President

Tim Brown is CEO and president of IDEO. He frequently speaks about the value of design thinking and innovation to business people and designers around the world. He participates in the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, and his talks Serious Play and Change by Design appear on TED.com. An industrial designer by training, Tim has earned numerous design awards and has exhibited work at the Axis Gallery in Tokyo, the Design Museum in London, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He takes special interest in the convergence of technology and the arts, as well as the ways in which design can be used to promote the well-being of people living in emerging economies. Tim advises senior executives and boards of global Fortune 100 companies. His book on how design thinking transforms organizations, Change by Design, was released by Harper Business in September 2009.

About the Sponsors


We believe the world needs more creative leaders. IDEO U is an online school where anyone can unlock their creative potential through design thinking and collaboration.

Innovation Enterprise Academy

The Innovation Enterprise Academy is a leadership and management training provider. We offer a range of workshops, immersive onsite programs, online educational programming and OnDemand presentations - all of which are delivered by leading industry experts. They provide tried and tested insights that can be applied to your organisation, delivering immediate, measurable results and giving you the knowledge and skills to confront real world challenges.


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