Executive, educator, writer and life coach Srikumar S. Rao asks, "Are you ready to succeed?" — and in his famous course "Creativity and Personal Mastery," he teaches his students how to do so.

Why you should listen

Srikumar Rao was an executive at Warner Communications and McGraw-Hill before he created his celebrated MBA course, "Creativity and Personal Mastery." The course -- the only business school course that has its own alumni association -- shows students how to discover their unique purpose, creativity and happiness, through group work and a philosophical perspective. Its popularity has led to write-ups in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Business Week.

Rao is also an adviser to senior business executives, whom he helps find deeper meaning and engagement in their work. He's the author of Are You Ready to Succeed: Unconventional Strategies for Achieving Personal Mastery in Business and Life, and has been a contributing editor for Forbes. His latest book is titled Happiness at Work: Be Resilient, Motivated, and Successful - No Matter What.

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“[Creativity and Personal Mastery] is a forum for self-exploration, meant to help future business leaders define their personal ethics and goals.” — The New York Times

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