I simply had to adapt large parts of the design of “Professional Leadership” to the digital version. For example, the real group rooms have now become the virtual breakout rooms in Zoom. But, other elements I could indeed leave untouched: a consulting round (“Reflecting Team”) remains very much the same at the level of the training design – but it requires even more attention and control when doing it.
We like to integrate activating exercises into trainings in order to allow people to”arrive”, to foster attention or to bring about first insights into a topic or even deepening it. It is just these exercises that oftly take place in classroom sessions and cause action and interaction, possibly physical. Here I had to make much of tuning, finally to create a substitute. For example, through age-old group dynamic and psycho dramatic exercises, which suddenly experience new appreciation.
A special benefit results from á priori showing content on the PC screen via beamer. Thus, it was much easier for me to integrate digitally prepared content. Let me make fun of the typical events in a classic seminar when showing a video. In fact you start up the computer. Secondly you start up the projector. Thirdly you introduce the two of them to each other. Finally you darken the room, only to find out that the sound is not coming …
All of this falls away! In the new design I built in, rather warily, short (!) YouTube films, so as to add to variety and also to meet a certain level of expectation.
To begin with, it’is about a cost effective and clearly presented knowledge transfer at the same time. But I can also readily start an analyzing, classifying and evaluating discussion. This is something of a higher value than separate learning, each partcipant for him- or herself.
Actually, I had just finished to develop a company specific training course on “Professional Management” for a client. Until COVID-19 bit in! Thus, I designed a fully virtual version; I have already done this several times!
Professional leadership, also leadership without formal authority – these are actually well-known topics. Certainly, standard training courses have long been tried and tested for these. Even though there was a need for a very specific new design!
Yet, attendant groups are very different. International design teams or production groups that are managed centrally but are also integrated into regional hierarchies are targeted. Global sales and service teams, but also project teams and “extended workbenches” belong here.
Content is, for instance, about virtual leadership in inter cultural contexts with very diverse teams (gender, generations …). Even more so, agreement on split of labor and who’s in charge, who controls how, review and criticism are touched. Plus team building, conflict treatment and forward upwards on a very demanding level.
With this company specific design, we support the client in his quest to foster and strengthen an open, trusting corporate culture.