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Appreciative Inquiry Instructor Ron Fry holds up a book: "Practicing Positive Leadership" by Kim S. Cameron

At Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University, we've seen the power of knowledge to transform people, organizations and the world. Our thought-leading faculty and their innovative concepts are driving change throughout the world. Join in on that change by participating in our Open Education programs, presented free of charge.

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)

Consider completing an individual MOOC or earning the Inspired Leadership Specialization on Coursera to learn how to overcome the ravages of chronic stress and renew your body and mind by building better relationships and positive approaches to leadership.

Women in Leadership: Inspiring Positive Change

This course, taught by Diana Bilimoria, aims to inspire and empower women and men across the world to engage in purposeful career development and take on leadership for important causes—to lead change with more conviction and confidence—and improve our workplaces and communities for all.

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Inspiring Leadership through Emotional Intelligence 

Emotional intelligence, hope, mindfulness, and compassion help a person reverse the damage of chronic stress and build great leadership relationships. The positive and negative emotional attractors inspire sustained, desired change and learning at many levels. Learn more about inspiring leadership through emotional intelligence with Richard Boyatzis

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Conversations that Inspire: Coaching Learning, Leadership and Change 

Coaching can inspire and motivate people to learn, change and be effective leaders, among other roles in life. Although most attempts are “coaching for compliance” (coaching someone to your wishes or expectations), decades of behavioral and neuroscience research show us that “coaching with compassion” (coaching someone to their dreams and desires) is more effective. Learn more from Ellen VanOosten, Melvin Smith and Diana Bilimoria

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Leading Positive Change through Appreciative Inquiry 

Appreciative Inquiry is a collaborative and constructive inquiry process that searches for everything that gives life to organizations, communities, and larger human systems when they are most alive, effective, creative and healthy in their interconnected ecology of relationships. To appreciate, quite simply, means to value and to recognize that which has value—it is a way of knowing and valuing the best in life. In the language of Positive Organizational Scholarship it means a research focus—a positive bias—seeking fresh understanding of dynamics described by words like excellence, thriving, abundance, resilience, or exceptional and life-giving. Learn more from Ronald Fry.

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Beyond Silicon Valley: Growing Entrepreneurship in Transitioning Economies 

The path for entrepreneurs to grow their companies outside of well-developed entrepreneurial ecosystems like Silicon Valley is challenging. Most markets around the world do not look like Silicon Valley, and they never will. But there are other models to support new businesses. In transitioning markets (where entrepreneurs do not have much access to private sector financing), government officials, donors, and business leaders are experimenting with creative approaches to support the growth of entrepreneurs. This MOOC, taught by Michael Goldberg, is sponsored by the Burton D. Morgan Foundation and Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management.

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