Treat Your Managers to an Online Masterclass to Amp Your Strategic Powers

Articulating the changes your team sees, building upon them and linking them to appropriate action steps, all that in one masterclass and a catch-up call

Why book an online maSTERCLASS ?

Masterclass

Getting your team's outlook checked and fitted with the appropriate action steps is a giant leap towards confident, future-oriented leadership

Are you ABSOLUTELY fed up with the short term vision of your organization? Yes, the management team performing well and each of them is working hard reaching their goals. But when it comes to looking just a little bit broader, thinking just a notch faster, and using slightly more data in decision-making, the team can use some work. 

Don't worry. Developing the team's level of thinking is a problem for hundreds of executives. It is as common as rain.

When your organizational context is changing rapidly, like we have experienced in the past year, and you want to make sure your team is able to deal with the next changes, then two session masterclass is made for your team.

WhAT WILL THE PARTICIPANTS LEARN?

Rate and Interpret Contextual Change

We will take inventory of the changes that you see. We will look into worst case scenarios, to check your foresight's depth. We will rate the level of uncertainty in your foresight and discuss the strategies to counter that.

Your take away:

The changes that your team sees... explicated, augmented, and linked to appropriate strategic methods and action steps.

On top of a clear and tangible concept of the near future, participants will learn:

  • Foresight methodologies like scenario planning and option roadmapping
  • Foresight skills, such as critical thinking, abductive reasoning, and collaborative judgment
  • Online collaboration skills, such as asking for clarity regardless of initial feelings, declaring yourself to be "in the dark", generously sharing of ideas and concepts,  the grace to wait patiently until other participants have understood you thoroughly, building onto the ideas of others, and simple netiquette.

how can you keep the momentum?

Best Practice Catch-Up Call

We will schedule a best practice catch-up call, three months after the masterclass. The agenda will be the best practises that originated from the masterclass. We will also build out the skills and insights from the masterclass. 

WhY focus the project on foresight?

Unchain Your Thinking

Foresight is an ideal goal for a management team masterclass because "the future" is an equalizer. Nobody can predict the future, anything may happen and everything is possible: we can work without the usual constraints on our thinking.

Hidden agendas and bad group dynamics belong to the present context, so a foresight projects is relatively free from those barriers. 

HOW DOES ONLINE surpass OFFLINE?

When and How You Like It

Plotting the future of an organization and the strategies to get there... that is an information heavy task. It requires the "jigsaw piece approach": each participant brings her own jigsaw piece consisting of individual knowledge, expertise and responsibilities to the table. Online collaboration is the easiest method to bring the jigsaw together.

Online collaboration is also very effective and light on the agenda, because everyone can work when and how they like it. 

Minimal load, maximal results

Online collaboration still works when:

  • ... the broadest range of information types are in play. Videos, texts, photo's, spreadsheets, sketches, collages, graphics, presentations: as long as it can be uploaded, it's feasible.
  • ... the broadest range of teamwork methods are in play: mindmapping, brainstorming, surveying, whiteboarding, or plain old talking.
  • ... the broadest range of team roles is in play: researching, shaping, designing, warning, discussing, arguing, completing, or dishing out expertise

WhY two calls?

The Benefits of Progressive Insight

"The" Future does not exist. Developing vision and strategy takes progressive insight because the odds are that the first idea does not represent the broader range of possible futures. 

In a single off-site session, decisions are made under time pressure. Valuable insights do not survive such pressure cookers.

There are always multiple viewpoints on trends and disruptive signals, especially in turbulent times. The benefit of a two step process (masterclass and catch-up call) is that multiple viewpoints can develop before their best insights are harvested and brought together in a cohesive idea.

For whom?

Learning Organizations

The online management development project is designed with the learning organization in mind. It is independent of industry or region. As long as the organization is larger than 40 persons and people converse in English or Dutch, you're good to go.

Participants are picked from all disciplines, levels, and branches, with a minimum of 12 people.

how did this approach come together?

Success Has Many Parents

I would love to claim the success of the online management development project for me, but that would not be true. I have asked every expert I knew to help design the program. It is built on the principles of adult education, and enriched with the knowledge of innovation managers, feedback trainers, executive coaches, and the experiences of the hundreds of participants who already did the project.

On top of that, the design is also infused with my own expertise: 10+ years as a facilitator of online meetings. I hosted the first edition back in 2010, with the ancient tools of those days. The design and tools have been reviewed and iterated many times now. Hundreds of hours have been invested.

how certain is the approach?

Success is Guaranteed

I personally guarantee that the project results in at least one tested and working strategy of service, and that foresight skills are enhanced. To measure skill development, participants are assessed at the start and finish of the project.

And to top that off: if you are not satisfied, I will give you your money back.

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Who should attend?

Fee

Application requirements

Format

Awarded

The project will be held at your convenience, so tell me when you would like to schedule it and how many managers will attend (minimal 6)

No payment required at this time

PS. The management team masterclass was developed over 6 years of Ph.D. research and includes the latest scientific insights from psychology and neurology, and plenty of hacks collected from outperforming CEOs. The masterclass leads to successful improvements of your decision-making process by examining the changes that you're seeing, discussing worst cases, rating the level of uncertainty, and fitting the strategic approach to that level

The 6 seat, 2 session project is € 2.750 excluding VAT.