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Looking for MBA courses on Personal Development and Happiness

  • 1.  Looking for MBA courses on Personal Development and Happiness

    Posted 10-21-2020 04:48

    --- Apologies for cross-posting ---

    Dear Colleagues,


    Do you know any courses on personal development taught in the MBA program or any other management degree program?


    I am looking for courses in the broad area of "personal development","managing yourself", "happiness", "how to live". In a nutshell, an academic alternative to the life coaching industry. 

    I am particularly interested in courses that:

    1. Target current or future managers.
    2. Use management and strategy concepts applied to your life.


    I would like to collect the name of the course and, ideally, the syllabus.

    I list some of the courses I know below:

    1. Designing your life – Stanford by Bill Burnett & Dave Evans (based on the homonymous book -
    2. Strategize Your Life with Simple Rules – IESEG by me J Marco Clemente ( )
    3. Designer in Society – Stanford by Bernie Roth (base of the book "The Achievement Habit" )
    4. The Art of Self-Coaching – Stanford by Ed Batista
    5. Interpersonal Dynamics (aka Touchy Feely) – Stanford by Ed Batista
    6. How to measure your life – Harvard by Clayton Christensen (not a full course, but he integrated it in the last session of his strategy course)
    7. The Science of Well-Being Yale/Coursera by Laurie Santos ( )
    8. Creativity and Personal Mastery – previously given at Columbia University by Srikumar S. Rao (


    Please write to me ( if you know any!

    Thank you!

    Marco Clemente
    Associate Professor of Strategy and CSR
    IESEG School of Management


  • 2.  RE: Looking for MBA courses on Personal Development and Happiness

    Posted 10-22-2020 18:59
    Marco, This is not a course, but I also have a similar focus in the last session of my graduate sustainability classes and show this video: More Than Money - What is "The Good Life" Parable (3:05 mins).  I have never used the accompanying book, More Than Money: Questions Every MBA Needs to Answer: Redefining Risk and Reward for a Life of Purpose.  Mark Albion (founder of Net Impact) has several other books, including Making a Life, Making a Living: Reclaiming Your Purpose and Passion in Business and in Life and Passion at Work: How to Find Work You Love and Live the Time of Your Life.
    Best wishes,
    Nancy Landrum
    Loyola University Chicago

    Nancy Landrum
    Loyola U Chicago
    Chicago IL