THE RAO INSTITUTE
Master your mind. Overcome limitations that hold you back. Experience more joy, flow, fulfillment.
Experience 'Creativity & Personal Mastery', an immersive, transformational program created by Dr. Srikumar Rao to help business leaders, executives, and ambitious professionals achieve more in less time, feel less stressed, and experience a greater level of joy and richness in life.
Why Join Creativity and Personal Mastery (CPM)?

What if, every morning when you wake up, you feel radiantly alive and happy. No matter what happens in your day, you are equipped with the resilience and motivation to make the best and the most of it. 


This is the vision Srikumar Rao has for you, and he has identified a proven framework to help you realize this vision in your life. His course, Creativity & Personal Mastery (CPM), which was first taught at Columbia Business School and went on to become its most popular course, is now available to you.


Creativity and Personal Mastery is the ONLY business school course that has its own active alumni group, comprised of thousands of business leaders, entrepreneurs, MBA students, and ambitious professionals. This like-minded community is helping them to become better leaders, discover their passion, develop resilience, and live deeply fulfilling lives.


Today, you have the opportunity to experience this life-changing program, Creativity and Personal Mastery, and discover fulfillment beyond just financial success


In this 3-module program — you and 24 other selected business leaders will learn vital wisdom and tools to help you achieve a joyful, successful life. All modules will take place during weekends. You will learn how to tap into the essential role happiness plays in personal and professional life.

Creativity & Personal Mastery has been a top-rated course at:
Benefits You Can Expect During This 3-month Program
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Discover the inner blocks to happiness and fulfillment holding you back.
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Experience how releasing these blocks enables you to spring forward.
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Learn how to eliminate stress and the vortexes of thought that suck you into dark places.
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Reclaim your innate confidence, your joy in life.
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Build a personal suite of techniques which liberate and empower.
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Renewed energy to be inspire your colleagues, your workforce, the world.
The 3 levels of transformation ...
  1. Individual attitudinal change: The first shift of consciousness happens at an individual level, where you will liberate yourself from the ego by becoming self-aware of your mental models, inner chatter and more.
  2. Organizational structural change: The next level of change happens within your business. Your organization will outgrow the old command-and-control hierarchies and evolve into radically different ways of internal organization that will foster innovation and success.
  3. Societal value change: From organizational change, you’ll expand to influence societal change and create impact as a better and more creative leader.
Here’s What You'll Experience ...
  • Learn the basic principles of Creativity & Personal Mastery to build a solid foundation;
  • Dive deeply into these principles in small group discussions to apply them in your life and work; 
  • Immerse yourself in these timeless principles to integrate lessons into your life;
  • Get support and accountability by sharing your progress in an online forum twice a week;
  • Connect with the community for additional support.
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Where does CPM take place?
London, UK
Needham House, Hertfordshire, London 
New York, USA
Glen Cove Mansion, NY
Distance Learning
CPM Online is a digital version of the traditional CPM course. It includes a mix of reading assignments, videos, webinars, small group discussions and both individual and small group exercises. It is organized and presented by an online instructor and lasts approximately 85 days.

You will watch a video each week to learn an important CPM principle, then do an exercise for about a week based on that principle.

You’ll meet with a small group to discuss your progress on that exercise and also have 1:1 interactions with the instructor.

Periodically you will meet on a web session as a class. Those class-wide gatherings are generally led by Srikumar Rao, where he lectures, answers questions, and engages the class in a lively discussion.


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Creativity & Personal Mastery LIVE (UK or USA) is limited to 25 leaders and professionals who are ready to make a quantum leap in every area of their life.
Creativity & Personal Mastery is for you if ...
You are an entrepreneur:
  • You want to experience exponential growth in your business;
  • You desire to leave a lasting impact on the world.
You are a Senior Executive:
  • You are open-minded and often function entrepreneurially within your organization to find solutions. 
  • You often tap into your creativity to find solutions and get the results you want. 
You are an Ambitious Professional:
  • You want to lead a life of extraordinary impact and leave the world a better place in tangible ways through your profession.
  • CPM is ideal for physicians, attorneys, surgeons, accountants, financial advisers, architects, software engineers, executive recruiters, and consultants. 
To ensure a personalized, high-quality experience, this class is limited to 25 participants. 
Application Requirements

To ensure the highest quality of Creativity & Personal Mastery, this program is limited to 25 participants.

We aim to provide as much personalized attention as possible, thus the small, intimate group size. For this reason, and to ensure that everyone is on the same page and “ALL IN”, in terms of commitment, enrollment is by application and is not based on a ‘first come, first serve’ basis.

In addition, for the purpose of synergy we are looking to gather a group of entrepreneurs, CEOs, executives and ambitious professionals who have a spiritual bent and would like to infuse this into every part of their life. They are dreamers who are decisive, have integrity, and have a grand vision for the world and their contribution within it.

Meet Your CPM Facilitators
Elisabeth Sperling, Partner

Elisabeth is a teacher, coach and partner at The Rao Institute. Based in New York, she has been working with Dr. Rao for four years, facilitating the New York CPM course as well as the international online course, developing new programs and materials, leading on-site corporate training, and collaborating to plan the future of The Rao Institute.

Elisabeth has been an educator in different capacities all her life, with a passion for sharing conversations and experiences in which all parties are learning and growing together. Her second passion is global interconnectivity, studying and teaching global history and wisdom traditions.

Elisabeth holds a BS from Harvard University in Russian and Soviet Studies and an MA in Teaching from Columbia University. She taught world history to high school students for fourteen years at The Horace Mann School in New York City, and worked on a national level to promote the globalization of history curriculum in secondary schools.

She has also worked as a documentary filmmaker, producing and directing short political and social-issue videos, as well as a feature-length film about creativity in a theater context.

Among other eclectic interests, Elisabeth is a student of meditation, an avid reader, and enjoys vegan cooking and volunteer work.

Davide Pagnotta, Partner

Davide is responsible for managing the operations in Europe as well as creating new content, services and programmes, and bringing topics from Neuroscience and Physics into The Rao Institute’s programmes.

He holds an MSc in Physics, an MBA from London Business School and a Coaching Practitioner Diploma from the Academy of Executive Coaching of London.

For 20 years, Davide enjoyed a very international career in different manufacturing and infrastructure industries, holding Global Sales, Marketing and Business Development roles in various companies. His corporate life culminated in heading a Business Unit for a global Engineering and Construction company. He then decided he had achieved the zenith of his corporate career and joined Dr Rao full time.

Srikumar Rao, Creator of CPM
Dr. Srikumar Rao is a speaker, former business school professor, and head of The Rao Institute, based out of New York. He is also an executive coach to senior business executives, whom he helps find deeper meaning and engagement in their work.

Dr. Rao’s programs have helped thousands of executives, professionals, and entrepreneurs all over the world achieve quantum leaps in effectiveness, resiliency and overall happiness. Graduates of his workshops have become more creative and more inspiring leaders in some of the world’s most successful companies.

He helps leaders around the globe transform their lives so that they can experience abundant joy, no matter what comes their way. Dr. Rao is a TED speaker, author and creator of the pioneering course, Creativity & Personal Mastery
What Students Say
“This course has had a profound impact on my life. Rao’s work is nothing short of transformational. Since taking the course two years ago my life has become infinitely clearer, more enjoyable, far less stressful and altogether more meaningful.”
CAROL MORLEY
Co-founder and CEO, The Imprint Group
"Without being exposed to the coaching tools Srikumar has assembled, it would be hard to imagine a life of Mastery or deep day-to-day, moment-to-moment fulfillment, much less a community of such persons.”
JOSH KLENOFF
Founder and CEO, The Helm
“Many courses focus on creating great technicians. This one is helping to create great leaders and (even more important) to create great people…to live a life that is both personally meaningful and makes a contribution to our world.”
MARSHALL GOLDSMITH
World renowned business educator and coach
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Frequently Asked Questions
How does the application process work?

The application process is simple! Simply fill in the online application form, answer all the questions, and submit it to us. There is no registration fee and no credit card is required to apply. We will review your application and get in touch with you within 5 working days. In case of additional questions, we will schedule a call with you.

What exactly will I experience in the Creativity & Personal Mastery program?

This is an in-person course that will take place over three weekends. There will also be virtual meetings you can attend online during the weekday. The timing will be arranged to ensure it will not affect your daily work routine.

The weekend sessions will be a mix of presentations by Dr. Rao and participants, small group sessions, Q&A and discussion sessions, short videos, and group sharing circles.

What do I need to prepare before participating in this program?

To tailor this program to you and help you get ready for this course,  you will have the following-prework to do before your first weekend:

  • Complete your Personal essay - so we can understand more about you :)
  • Share your Five expectations - these are topics you would like to see covered so we can tailor the program to your needs
  • Suggested Reading
  • Journaling

*Relevant material will be sent to your email once we confirm your program attendance.

What if I miss the in-person session or any online session?

Online sessions are scheduled for small groups to fit their schedules. A member of Dr. Rao's team will work personally with you to help you make up what you missed.

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Here's everything you get when you enroll in the live program (UK or USA):
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An immersive in-person, interactive program, spread out over 3 weekends with additional online sessions in between.
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Interactive talks about life-changing principles by Dr. Srikumar Rao
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Small, immersive group sessions to dive deeply into these transformation principles
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Discussion sessions to get your questions answered
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Short videos to clarify concepts and reinforce lessons you learn
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Group sharing circles to connect with like-minded peers
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Practical exercises to implement the principles you learn into your business & life
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Ongoing online support in between the weekend sessions
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Lifetime access to the video recording of every session of Creativity & Personal Mastery program
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