Describe how being an innovation leader could potentially enable you to foster positive social change.

Assignment: Individual Reflection: Blueprint for Professional and Personal Growth

Reflect on the process of creating goals for the BP in the previous courses of this program. Think about how you employed creativity to create this plan: you had to consider your currently existing leadership and professional skills, imagine a future version of yourself who has grown and developed in exciting ways, and generate innovative plans to overcome any challenges you might face in the course of your personal and professional development.

As in previous courses, you will now add to your Blueprint for Professional and Personal Growth. You should develop your BP from your learning in this course and design it to help you become a leader who knows how to demonstrate creativity, support creativity within your team, and use foresight to foster creativity and innovation.

Consider the following as you complete this Individual Reflection:

  • What can you do now to integrate the experiences and insights you had in this course with your personal and professional development goals?
  • What are the most important things you are taking from this course that will shape your future and enable you to make a positive difference?

All components of the Individual Reflection should be turned in as one document:

  1. The Executive Summary: Write an Executive Summary of the course to date (2–3 paragraphs) that addresses the following questions:
    • Which content and assignments in this course have had the biggest impact on your ability to foster a culture of innovation within an organization?
    • How have the content and assignments changed the way you think of the role of innovation within the organization and the way you will engage in the creative process?
    • How can the knowledge you gained in this course enable you to make a positive difference?
    • In what ways do you think innovation and creativity can influence positive social change within an organization, community, or more broadly?
    • How have the content and assignments continued to shape your goals?
  2. After considering what you have learned in the course, create a focused and succinct strategy for your personal and professional life that will enable you to be the innovation leader you described in your Week 7 Individual Reflection. As part of your strategy, be sure to include responses to the following:
    • List three areas you could focus on for your innovation strategy relative to your own organization, an organization for which you would aspire to work, or your personal life. Describe the importance of each of the focus areas chosen and provide examples with support from the resources.
    • Describe how you will measure progress toward your success.
    • Describe how being an innovation leader could potentially enable you to foster positive social change. To what extent do you think innovation can contribute to positive social change? Provide an example to support your position.
  3. Your action plan: Write a detailed action plan for one new goal for professional and personal development (you will continue to build on the list of goals you started in your previous course). These action plans should include the following:
    • Your specific goal for professional and personal development with an explanation as to why you selected it. Be sure to provide concrete and specific examples of why the goal is important, the extent to which this goal enables you to be an agent for positive social change, the personal or professional value you expect from achieving the goal, and how the goal relates to the resources you reviewed in the course.
    • Hint: If you want to expand upon a plan or initiative you have already proposed in a previous week, feel free to do so.
    • At least two objectives for the goal you have identified. Provide a rationale that explains how your objectives will help you to achieve your goal.

Refer to the Week 8 BP Rubric for this assignment for specific grading elements and criteria. Your Instructor will use this Rubric to assess your work.

Guidance on Assignment Length: Your BP, including the Executive Summary (which should be 2–3 paragraphs in length and no more than one page single spaced or two double-spaced pages), strategy for your personal and professional life that will enable you to be an innovation leader, and your action plan should be 3–6 pages total (1.5–3 pages total if single spaced). Refer to the Week 8 Individual Reflection rubric (BP Rubric) for grading elements and criteria. Your instructor will use the rubric to assess your work.

Submit your Assignment by Day 5.

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