If you are intrigued about Prof. Wadhwa’s teachings and the online executive education programs we offer, these on-demand classes are a great way for you to take IPL for a test drive.
Each class consists of a 1-2 hour learning journey with videos, online reflections and discussion from which you will walk away with a powerful set of insights, tools and techniques on each topic.
Purpose: Achieving greater meaning in work and life
Purpose: Designing the optimal scorecard for life and leadership
Why is this important? We are often conflicted between pursuing an inner scorecard – our personal goals, values and aspirations – and an outer scorecard –the expectations that others have of us. What is the right scorecard for us to flourish in life and leadership?
What will you learn? This class engages you in a rich and insightful analysis of the costs and benefits of pursuing an inner versus outer scorecard in life and leadership. You are then invited to answer the question: What is the ideal scorecard to pursue? Prof. Wadhwa helps you get to an objective answer to this question, and highlights powerful moments from the lives of great leaders in their pursuit of the ideal scorecard. You will leave this class with a strong appreciation of the value of consciously crafting your own version of an ideal scorecard, setting the stage for new breakthroughs in the way you operate in life and leadership.
Purpose: establishing the right purpose in life
Why is this important? Many of us are keen to establish a clear sense of purpose in life, but we don’t know how to get there.
What will you learn? What are the costs and benefits of pursuing a life of purpose? Is this the right thing for you to pursue today? What are the steps you can take to get there? This class discusses the power of forging a clear sense of purpose in life, but also its risks. It provides case studies of great leaders from history to help you understand the role of purpose in their lives. It also provides very practical guidance on how you can forge a clear sense of purpose in your life.
purpose: managing time by managing your self
Why is this important? : In our relentlessly fast-paced world, one big challenge we all face is how to accomplish everything we want to in the preciously few moments of the day. This struggle with time drives us to stress, distraction, rushed decisions, strained relationships, and a gnawing feeling that we’re not living up to our highest aspirations.
What will you learn? This class is not about the array of time management tools and tactics being offered to us today by digital experts. Instead, it invites you to reflect on some critical strategic questions about your life & leadership and draws out from these reflections ten principles of time management. You will walk away with an appreciation for how the clock of life is actually on your own mental wrist, ticking at a pace you can direct.
purpose: operating at peak performance by managing your energy
Why is this important? We all experience dips in our energy level from time to time, reducing our productivity and engagement with life and work. We have all developed certain habits, such as drinking coffee, to help get our energy back – but are these the ideal way to do so, or is there a better, scientific way to optimize our everyday energy levels?
What will you learn? This class unveils the powerful new science of energy management, and introduces you to the two most effective everyday techniques to managing your energy. You will leave with practical insights that will help you generate a sustained boost in your everyday energy levels.
growth: aligning your environment with your personaL IMPROVEMENT GOALS
Why is this important? Our environment – both social and physical – has a strong impact on us. It is particularly critical for us to manage our environment when we are seeking to change ourselves, for it may pull us down or lift us up depending on how we shape it.
What will you learn? This class introduces you to powerful findings from sociology, psychology and neuroscience about how we are influenced by our environment. It then lays out a range of practical techniques we can use to redesign our environment so that it supports, rather than hinders, our personal improvement efforts. These insights and techniques are illustrated through case studies from the lives of great leader stories. You will emerge with a much deeper appreciation for the role of your environment in shaping your life and how you can redesign it.
GROWTH: CULTIVATING SELF-DISCIPLINE FOR LONG-TERM SUCCESS
Why is this important? Recent scientific studies show that self-discipline is at the core of success in life and leadership. Most of us are challenged in one way or another in practicing self-discipline – around diet, exercise, emotions, hard work, or exercising patience – and yet we do not have a formal understanding of how we can strengthen our self-discipline.
What will you learn? This class helps you understand what “self-discipline” means, in life and leadership, and provides you a powerful insight into why we all find it hard, from time to time, to practice it. It then taps into the latest scientific research to give you a set of practical behaviors and tools you can use to improve your practice of self-discipline in any arena of life and leadership where it is important for you to exercise it. You will see a marked improvement in your practice of self- discipline – and the success you experience as a result – once you apply some of these behaviors and tools.
wisdom: managing adversity and rebounding from setbacks
Why is this important? Adversities and setbacks are inescapable in every person’s journey in life and leadership. And yet, there is little formal training we are given on how to lead our self and others through such times of tumult.
What will you learn? This class is a powerful and moving journey into understanding adversity and how we can lead ourselves in such situations. It weaves together surprising new findings from psychology with case studies from the lives of great leaders and everyday heroes. You will leave with a practical toolkit on how to manage adversities and rebound from setbacks, and how to make this approach a daily habit.
wisdom: re-scripting beliefs that hold you back
Why is this important? Beliefs like Perfectionism and Fear of Failure are powerful forces in life and leadership that can hold us back or propel us forward – and yet, since they are deeply entrenched in our psyche, we are often not aware of how they are influencing our behavior, performance and outcomes in life and leadership.
What will you learn? This class uses a powerful interactive exercise to surface the wide range of self- defeating beliefs that people hold, and helps you identify beliefs that may be limiting you from pursuing success and happiness in life and at work. You will also learn a practical approach to re- scripting a self-defeating belief into a new empowering belief.
love: the path of love - a great leader documentary and discussion
Love: The winners patH to forgiveness
Why is this important? The question of whether or not we should forgive those who have wronged us has bedeviled humanity since ancient times. Is there a scientific, objective answer to this question? Modern science, and a study of great leaders, sheds powerful light to help us resolve this.
What will you learn? This class reveals some surprising truths about how great leaders have dealt with those who have wronged them, and on the science of forgiveness. Prof. Wadhwa will show you the winner’s path to forgiveness – when and how it is appropriate to forgive vs. not – and will introduce you to specific techniques for pursuing this path. You will emerge with a deeper appreciation for the role of forgiveness, done the right way, in life and leadership.
self-realization: defining your self-identity to maximize your potential
Why is this important? We typically do not formally reflect on our self-identity – it is something that we have unconsciously adopted over the course of our life journey. Recent scientific findings show that our self-identity has a major impact on our behavior and performance, and that it is strongly influenced by social forces. By rescripting our self-identity we can drive significant improvements in our behavior and performance.
What will you learn? This class introduces you to a three-step framework for how to reflect on and rescript your self-identity. Through a combination of science and great leader studies, the class will show you how your self-identity can limit you, and how you can change it in a way that helps you unlock your full potential in life and leadership.
self-realization: the science and practice of self-esteem
Why is this important? Are there times in your life when you feel low about yourself – for example, when someone criticizes you or does better than you, or when you fail at something? How does this affect your behavior, happiness and performance in life and leadership? Self-esteem is one of the most basic of human needs – and yet, one of the least understood.
What will you learn? This class introduces you to recent scientific findings that challenge the idea – popularized in modern times – that we should constantly be seeking to prop up our self-esteem. Prof. Wadhwa lays out a powerful alternative framework for how you can pursue self-esteem and teaches you practical techniques for doing so. Prof. Wadhwa also invited Dr. David Burns, a pre-eminent psychotherapist, to do a live coaching session on self-esteem with Gal Sivan, a Columbia MBA student. As you observe Dr. Burns use powerful techniques from cognitive therapy to help Gal strengthen his state of self-esteem, you will be guided to apply these in your own life.
self-realization: using affirmation and visualization to create intentional change
Why is this important? We are largely unconscious about our mental ticker-tape –the stream of thoughts that go through our mind from one moment to the next. Recent psychological studies reveal that these thoughts have a strong influence on us. The practice of affirmations allows us to shift this flow of thoughts from a subconscious to an intentional level, yielding many practical benefits.
What will you learn? This class introduces you to the wide-ranging impact your thoughts have on your life. It teaches you specific techniques for designing and practicing affirmations so you can use the power of your thoughts to pursue growth and success in life and leadership.
the power of paradox: how to unlock your full potential by embracing opposing ideas
Why is this important? We often look at things in absolute, black-and-white categories. A colleague is either “good” or they are “bad”, you are either “angry” or you are “calm”, a strategy is either a “success” or a “failure”. But what if we were to step away from this binary logic? Are we limiting ourselves in life and leadership by not being able to find the truth in completely opposing thoughts, values, traits, beliefs or emotions?
What will you learn? This talk discusses how great achievers through the ages have stepped up their game in life and leadership by secretly cultivating a powerful discipline of paradox - simultaneously embracing the truth in opposing ideas. Through a combination of stories and scientific findings, the talk sheds light on the power of paradox and introduces you to tools you
can use to cultivate this discipline in your own life. You will walk away with a vastly expanded understanding of your full potential to flourish in life and leadership – and a set of practical steps you can take to achieve it.
how to succeed by not trying: the principal of non-attachment
Why is this important? We have all been encouraged from a very early age to set goals for ourselves in life and to pursue them passionately, since this is the recipe for success. Then why is it that many successful people through history have taken the opposite approach, of disavowing any attachment to goals?
What will you learn? This talk presents seven arguments drawn from the latest scientific research on human nature on why in fact non-attachment to your goals can catapult you to greater success in life and leadership. You will also get practical guidance on how to pursue success through non- attachment in your path in life and leadership.