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Indian Institute of Management Bangalore

Nurturing Creativity and Excellence

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The last few decades have belonged to a certain kind of person with a certain kind of mind – computer programmers who could crank code, lawyers who could craft contracts, MBAs who could crunch numbers. But the keys to the kingdom are changing hands. The future belongs to a very different kind of person with a very different kind of mind – creators and empathizers, pattern recognizers, and meaning makers”. – Daniel H. Pink in A Whole New Mind: Why Right Brainers Will Rule the Future.

There is an increasing realization in the corporate world that managers are relying primarily on their left brained analytical minds to work on problems and issues, which would have well benefited from a combined use of both sides of the brain. The demand for right-brained thinking is now more in demand than ever because of the ways in which the global workplace is morphing. Left brained tasks are increasingly getting automated, leaving the more complex, big picture, conceptual tasks to be done by human beings. As a result the left-brain capabilities of analytical thinking and logical analysis are necessary but not sufficient. To be successful in the coming era, managers will also need to hone their right-brained qualities of inventiveness, storytelling, empathy, meaning, and play.


In this program, we aim to enable participants to start using their whole brains to touch excellence in their respective domains. We examine how we can leverage the workings of our own minds better in order to be more creative as well as effective. This program has been designed so that learning can occur simultaneously at two levels - intellectual and experiential. In the first (intellectual) level we explore the workings of the mind from a psychological and neuroscience perspective to understand the workings of the brain better. We examine the interrelationships between mental models or scripts, emotional states, and analytical functioning. We examine how we can leverage the power we have over crafting our own mental models and emotional states so as to touch excellence in analytical as well as creative thinking. In the second (experiential) level we engage with participants directly using three different lenses, in the form of three different art forms - theatre (role plays), storytelling and music (percussions). Each art form is used on a different day as the chosen medium of expression, exploration and discovery to enable participants to touch and discover for themselves the magic of right brain engagement.


During this course, we will introduce participants to some key ideas related to the workings of our mind. We will build on scientific findings in the areas of neuroscience and positive psychology to understand how we can leverage our own minds to support us better as we work. Participants will be guided to explore and examine some of their own mental models and beliefs underlying work and the influence this can have on their everyday experiences at the workplace. We will also have a module that focuses exclusively on stress management by examining how the neurochemistry of the brain is influenced by potential stressors at the workplace. Participants will be trained in tested methods of energy and stress management that can help them cope with potential stressors in a productive manner, so as to aid them in their quest for excellence.We will introduce participants to the concept of multiple intelligences (as developed by Howard Gardner) because we believe that one of the reasons for the current over-reliance on left brained thinking is the way our educational systems have been designed. Most standard educational paradigms emphasize reductionist thinking using certain forms of intelligence (like logical, numerical, and verbal) over other forms of intelligence (like musical, visual, kinesthetic, natural, self and interpersonal). This way we have all literally been ‘coached’ over the years to rely and hone our left-brained skills and dismiss the supposedly more intangible right-brained skills. It is time now to therefore consciously coach ourselves to discover and use our other forms of intelligence which we may have neglected or not leveraged to full potential. During this program participants will also take part in experiential sessions of theatre, rhythm, and storytelling as a medium of inquiry, exploration and discovery. These sessions have been designed with the aim of providing a starter platform for participants to consciously experiment with using their right brain skills

Who should attend

This program is targeted towards executives in a managerial role who either work in teams or are responsible for teams. It is recommended that participants have at least five years of managerial experience to be able to appreciate the nuances of interpersonal dynamics.


Ramya Ranganathan teaches Post Graduate, Doctoral and Executive Courses on Organizational Behavior, Crafting Careers, Aligning Personal Values and Goals, Managing Inner Worlds, Positive Psychology, Nurturing Creativity and Excellence, Intrinsic Motivation, Emotional Intelligence, Managing Stress ...
Dr. Sari Mattila received her Ph.D. degree from Tampere University of Technology in the field of Management and OB/HR after an integrated Master's Degree in Philosophy from the University of Joensuu (now part of the University of Eastern Finland). She has previously taught at IIM-A, Institute of ...


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Harsha B, General Manager from India 2018
Course quality: good
Instructors: very good
Other (e.g. materials, infrastructure): good
Primary takeaway: Creativity and pursuit of excellence can come about when every member of your team is aligned with the overall objective- Neurons that fire together wire together was something that was often repeated in the course !
Things to improve: Can be made a bit more engaging