TBC 1320 
3 Credits

Interpersonal Dynamics

Know Yourself: a practical guide to self-awareness, career planning and leadership in life
Ji Gu 顾及
Course Introduction
Ji Gu 顾及
Ji Gu 顾及MBA, Stanford Graduate School of Business

Ji Gu is the Dean of Zhen Academy, an institution founded in 2017 focusing on helping entrepreneurs improving self-awareness and avoid repetitive mistakes in decision making. Since its establishment, Zhen Academy has helped more than 200 alumni to strengthen their self-awareness. Previous students include entrepreneurs who have raised millions, CEOs of public companies, listed company executives, as well as alumni from Peking University, Tsinghua University, Stanford, Harvard MBA and CEIBS EMBA. Graduates of Zhen Academy has financed over $100 million, and their respective businesses are valued at over a billion in USD. She is also the founding program director for “Essential Interpersonal Dynamic Program” at the Stanford Center at Peking University.

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Interpersonal Dynamics

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3 Credits

Course Description

“To know thyself is the beginning of wisdom.” — Socrates.

What exactly do you know when you “know yourself?” This course is not a philosophical discussion, but instead, via the proved methods of teaching self-awareness to hundreds of successful entrepreneurs, CEOs, and executives of companies in various stage while at Zhen Academy, I will show you practical methods to systematically explore who you are.

This course is highly interactive and leverages immersive learning methods to achieve visible improvements in self-awareness.  Topics including analysis of your personal traits, Capability Maps and Broad Value systems and how they relate to your life missions, interpersonal dynamics and influence-building, and emotion management and conflict resolution.  All those topics are designed to help answer the below questions:

  1. What matters to you in life, and why?
  2. What can you do in life, and how?
  3. What will hinder you, and how to avoid it?

Courses Outcomes

On successful completion of this course (i.e. by passing this course), you will be able to

  • Analyze your various traits and characteristics. Understand when those will become your strengths and when they will become your weakness and how to avoid that to improve your chances of success.
  • Learn and practice various techniques in emotion management. Be able to use feelings as a tool for self-discovery.
  • Analyze your decision making process and how your past experience and emotional state influence your decision, either consciously or unconsciously, and therefore improve your decision-making ability.
  • Discover your patterns in interpersonal dynamics, and understand how you influence others, therefore improve at least one aspect of your influences as reviewed by your peers.
  • Practice handling tough scenarios and various type of inter-personal conflicts and demonstrate some ability in crisis management.
  • Analyze your Capability Map, including transferable and non-transferable skillsets and knowledge bases, and write out your potential career options.
  • Explore important goals and objectives in your life by figuring out your Broad Value System and its components.
  • Write out your life’s blue prints and your 3-year, 10-year and 30-year goals.