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Success

School: Wharton School

Platform: Coursera

Registration Link: REGISTER HERE

Start Date: August 7, 2017

Workload: Not Available

Instructor: G. Richard Shell

Credentials: For over 30 years, Shell has served as Professor of Legal Students and Business Ethics — a department he has chaired since 2001. An expert in persuasion, influence, and psychology, Shell has authored four books, including Springboard: Launching Your Personal Search for Success, which earned a “Business Book of the Year” award from CEOREAD. He earned a similar award in 1999 for Bargaining for Advantage: Negotiation Strategies for Reasonable People. Shell is also a highly decorated teacher, garnering over two dozen awards at the undergraduate, graduate, and executive levels, including both the Undergraduate and MBA Excellence in Teaching awards in 2017. Outside class, he is a consultant, who clients have included Google, Johnson & Johnson, the World Economic Forum, and the Navy SEALS.

Graded: Students must complete all grade assignments to pass the course.

Description: What is success? How am I holding myself back? What can I do to be more successful? To answer those questions, many experts would encourage you to draft a plan, partner with an “accountability buddy,” and review your progress weekly. For Wharton’s Richard Shell, it starts with something more: self-awareness. That is a big part of his “Success” class, which is based on decades of research. In this course, students will begin by asking questions about themselves — their true beliefs, motivations, goals, and talents. In doing so, they will define what success really means to them. At the same time, students will examine the values and habits followed by highly successful people, along with the best practices for achieving both success and happiness (they are sometimes mutually exclusive) in both their lives and careers.

Review: “This was a wonderful course that helped me to understand myself and my definition of success better. Although some information seemed a bit boring and unnecessary to me personally (maybe because I’ve known it before), the exercises were truly unique and which I never heard of before. Professor Shell is very interesting to listen to! Very pleasant and wise person.” For additional reviews, click here.

Additional Note: This is the first course in a three part specialization from Wharton called “Achieving Personal and Professional Success.” To learn more about these courses and register for them, click here.