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Achieving Personal and Professional Success Specialization

Last Updated on 28 August 2023

Based on four of the most popular courses taught at the Wharton School, Achieving Personal and Professional Success is designed to introduce the tools and techniques for defining and achieving success at home and at work. You will learn how to find your passion and core values, how to apply these values to your own life, how to work well with others, how to communicate effectively, how to set goals, how to use influence to achieve these goals, and even how to say you are sorry. Through exercises, self-diagnostic surveys, quizzes, and many case studies, you will discover how to define not only what you want, but also the best way to get it.

Course Duration

Approx. 4 months to complete (2 hours per week), flexible schedule.

Course Content

Offered by the University of Pennsylvania, there are four courses in this Specialization:

Course 1: Success
This course is designed to help you define what success means to you, and to develop a plan for achieving it. Wharton Professor G. Richard Shell, an award-winning author and the creator of the popular Wharton School course on the meaning of success, created this course to help you answer the questions that arise when you consider how best to use your life. Drawing on his decades of research and mentoring, Shell offers personalised assessments to help you probe your past, imagine your future, and measure your strengths.

Course 2: Improving Communication Skills
Taught by award-winning Wharton professor and best-selling author Maurice Schweitzer, this is an essential course designed to give you both the tools you need to improve your communication skills, and the most successful strategies for using them to your advantage. You will learn how to discover if someone is lying (and how to react if they are), how to develop trust, the best method of communication for negotiation, and how to apologize. You will also learn when to cooperate and when to compete, how to create persuasive messages, ask thoughtful questions, engage in active listening, and choose the right medium (face-to-face conversation, video conference, phone call, or email) for your messages.

Course 3: Leading the Life You Want
Taught by acclaimed Wharton professor, best-selling author, and former Ford Motor Company executive and head of its Leadership Development Center, Stew Friedman, this course provides you with the skills you need to lead in all four domains of your life: at work, at home, in the community, and in your private self (mind, body, and spirit). You will explore the core principles of leadership and learn the skills you need to bring them to life.

Course 4: Influence
In this course, you will learn how to develop influence and to become more effective in achieving your organizational goals. Professor Cade Massey of the Wharton School has designed this course to help you understand the framework of power and influence and the dynamics of effective networks, and shows you how to develop your skills of persuasion and leverage.

Course Outcome

Upon completing this Specialization, you will be able to define what success means to you, apply your core values and principles at home and at work, communicate effectively and influence others to achieve your goals.

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