Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
MSD 133
Course Title:
Brave New Workplace: Strategies to Excel in World of Change
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Course Description

Discover tools and strategies to cultivate creative thinking your competitive edge in these turbulent, exciting times. We are surrounded by simple, obvious solutions that can dramatically increase our income, power influence and ultimately, long-term success. Our challenge is to see them! Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

  • Modify professional image, behaviors, communication style, and mannerisms to improve personal productivity and performance.
  • Chart a course of decision, resolve, and steps toward desired personal and professional results.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Various individual and/or group skill-building activities such as role-plays, case studies, or other exercises geared toward critical analysis of course concepts.
  • Written assignments or oral reports designed to integrate course material into personal experience or experiences of others.
  • Exams comprised of essay and/or objective questions, or an individual and/or team project or paper which requires integration, application, and critical examination of course concepts, issues, and themes.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)


Writing a personal mission statement
Goal setting
Executing a personal improvement plan
Adapting behaviors and communication style

General Concepts
Goal Setting
Strategy generation
Execution plan
Coalition building
Goal setting
Positioning oneself
Adapting behaviors and communication style
Transforming oneself professionally
Personal accountability
Barriers to self-actualization and goal achievement
Giving up being a victim and becoming a victor