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Find Your Superpower Through IDEO U

Your Superpower is your contribution, the role that you’re put on this Earth to fill. It’s what you do better than anyone else.

Everyone has unique strengths – those things that come effortlessly and naturally to you. From Superpowers to Great Teams, a new online class offered by IDEO U in partnership with SYPartners, guides learners through a discovery process to identify their unique strengths—called Superpowers—and learn to amplify them.

Drawing from the archetypes and attributes of effective leaders, these superpowers range from empathy—a strong ability to understand the needs of others—to systems building—understanding all of the pieces of a process—to creative thinking, grit, and decisiveness, among others. Tapping into your superpower will not only help you to bring your best self to work, it will allow you to create the conditions for the people around you to thrive. Knowing yourself and how you relate to others is key to building strong relationships, great teams, and thriving organizations.

Superpower: Grit


People with Grit have extraordinary levels of endurance, tenacity, and focus. They are the quiet engine of the team—able to keep pushing themselves and the work until it is truly done. They pace themselves for the long haul, ignoring momentary setbacks and the lure of procrastination. They can motivate teammates to keep going too, especially when the work is more of a marathon than a sprint.

Collaboration Tips

  • Encourage People with Grit to take breaks. They won’t always know how or when to do it. And if left to their own devices, they may never stop.
  • People with Grit have a reserve tank of belief and commitment that keeps them going. And that belief can give you a boost when you feel your own levels dropping. It’s like a shot in the arm.

Identify your superpower, build stronger work relationships, and learn how to set the conditions for thriving, collaborative teams in our new class, From Superpowers to Great Teams.

On-Demand Classes:

Hello Design Thinking

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(Now in Spanish)


Power of Purpose

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Unlocking Creativity

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From Superpowers to Great Teams

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Upcoming Courses:

Insights for Innovation

Starts January 16


Human-Centered Service Design

Starts January 16


Storytelling for Influence

Starts January 16


Designing a Business

Starts February 27


From Ideas to Action

Starts February 27


Designing for Change

Starts February 27


Leading for Creativity

Starts February 27