DEVELOPING LEADERSHIP WITH CREATIVE INSTINCTS

MAKING TO THINK

Making to Think accelerates solutions for industry leaders
by designing experiences that immerse leaders in the arts
to enable them to see, listen, learn, and do in new ways. 

What began as a top-rated workshop at MIT Sloan now also develops creative instincts for global leaders.

UNCERTAINTY

In our data-driven culture, acceleration of complexity and change is creating a surge of uncertainty in which businesses and individuals react impulsively.

At Making to Think, we believe fiercely that successful leaders of the future must embrace uncertainty and navigate proactively and confidently through ambiguity. The research backs us up: from IBM’s Global CEO Studies and Deloitte’s Future of Work, to pwc and World Economic Forum reports, it’s clear that leaders equipped with creative instincts, collaborative intelligence, and next-level problem-solving skills will chart the future of their organizations.

The question is, how will future leaders cultivate these skills?

GAME-CHANGING INSTITUTIONS

working with Making To Think
to develop the creative instincts
that will rewrite our future.

LEADING CHANGE WITH CREATIVE INSTINCTS

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By developing practices that enable us to see more and hear more using proven methods in the arts, Making to Think works with industry leaders to maximize perspectives with shared purpose and build instincts that accelerate solutions in uncertainty.

MEETING

THE

CHALLENGE



One group of people thrives in uncertainty and are expert at making decisions with speed and conviction: Artists.


Artists spend their careers building and honing skills in observation — seeing and listening differently to the world. In uncertain times, all leaders must begin to do the same.


At Making to Think, it’s not about emulating artists — it's about becoming them. We ready leaders who are taking risks and changing the world with the instincts and toolkits for making as a means of thinking rather than the reverse.


Artists thrive in the
new and uncertain.


At Making to Think
we don’t just
emulate them,
we build our
creative mindset
to become them.

MAKE. CHANGE. THINK.

IF WE CAN CHANGE THE WAY WE SEE,
WE CAN CHANGE HOW WE DO.

Start Here:

90 Min Presentation| Shift in Perspective

A provocative jolt to reorient the way we see and listen to ourselves, our teams, and the world around us.

1 Day Workshop| Step Into Uncertainty

Caffeinate your observation skills with methods that develop actionable creative tools. This workshop is designed to daylight visionary thinking within your organization.


3 Day Workshop| Lead in Complexity

Develop deep creative leadership instincts with a customized alchemy of tools for effective collaboration and decision-making in changing environments. Participants learn to hold multiple perspectives at once and form cultures of learning, resilience, and agility.

3 Months - Year Creative Coaching + Consulting

Move from toolkits to instincts. Looking for customized ways to build your organization’s innovation impulse and creative instincts? Let’s talk.

CEO  + Leadership Strategist
AITHAN SHAPIRA

Aithan Shapira, MFA Ph.D. speaks at global venues and advises senior executives and boards of Fortune 500 tech, financial, aviation, healthcare and energy companies on creative leadership strategies in uncertain times and how to ‘lead by seeing and listening differently'. His research on how the arts can transform organizations and leadership has guided initiatives, entertainment experiences, curricula, products and corporate cultures.

Aithan has pioneered top-rated leadership development workshops for MIT’s Sloan Innovation Period and develops emergent research on creative systems; co-founded several successful start-ups linking business, art, and social enterprise; and designs programming for Stanford d.School, Cambridge Innovation Center, MIT Media Lab, C2 Montreal, and Berklee Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship. Aithan draws from deep experience, from the Royal College of Art and Design to living with Aboriginal Australians studying innovation in cultures of survival, directing highest-caliber creative teams in music and fine art, designing experiences and exhibitions, exhibiting and performing internationally as an artist himself, and serving as a visiting critic/professor in studio arts from the Royal College of Art and RISD, to Yale-NUS, Museum School of Fine Arts @ Tufts, and University of Sydney.

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