AAU Academy Executive Course

Brain and Management

How to master the complexities of management and leadership in organizations? Practical solutions based on latest neuroscience and organizational psychology.  

30 Years of Education
Track Executive
Instructor Tomáš Klvaňa
Date - - -
Format Two-day workshop
Delivery On-site
Price 13,490 CZK
Language English

Course Description

Research in neuroscience reveals surprising insights into the adult brain and development, and this can be used to improve management and leadership practices in organizations, on several different levels. 

Contrary to previous assumptions, this research into the psychology of adult development confirms that, as we grow older, we actually have the potential to become better at managing complex issues, and integrated and innovative thinking. We can also improve several other skills which, in today’s competitive world, just might make a difference between success and failure.

The content of the course is divided into several theoretical and practical parts, based on the expertise and literature in the field of neurology (Sandra Bond Chapman, Tara Swart), organizational psychology (George Kohlrieser, Robert Kegan, Jennifer Garvey Berger), management theory and leadership (Jean-Francois Manzoni, Amy Edmondson, Jim Collins). The course includes case studies of methods employed by successful leaders and businesses (such as Ray Dalio / Bridgewater Associates or Reed Hastings / Netflix).

The follow up course to this topic is “Intergenerational Management”. For more information about this course, please click here.

Learning Outcomes

  • Improve higher-level executive faculties like priority setting and decision making
  • Become more efficient at managing energized, well-functioning teams
  • Learn to identify and focus on what really matters to achieve higher productivity


The workshop combines lecture sessions, discussions, model exercises and tests.  It uses methods of design-thinking, and a combination of in-class learning, with interaction between participants and the instructor, with work on a modern online platform which supplements classes and enables cooperation between individuals and teams.

Schedule and Course Content

For a detailed course schedule and content, please download the Course Outline.

Day 1 Outline

The course uses two fictional characters: Zuzana (43), female, Polish, based in London, HR manager for Stream, a blue-chip MN entertainment company; and Jan (35), male Czech, based in Prague, IT manager for TechBC, a growing Central European communications technology company; in order to illustrate the importance of the business situations, decision making and leadership.

Morning Session (3 hours)

  • Neuroplasticity
  • Self-awareness
  • Brain’s strategic habits
  • Forms of mind

Afternoon Session (3 hours)

  • Deliberately developmental organizations
  • Model Exercise (Forms of mind)
  • DDO Case Study
  • Mastering Complexity
  • Focused Discussion
  • Quiz & Review

Day 2 Outline

Morning Session (3 hours)

  • Psychological safety
  • Secure base
  • Powerless communication

Afternoon Session (3 hours)

  • The right habits for individuals and organizations
  • Company culture
  • Netflix case study
  • Focused Discussion
  • Quiz & Review

Materials & Lunch Break

Handouts will be provided at the start of class. Lunch will be provided for all participants at Café des Taxis.

Your Instructor

AAU Academy Instructor, Executive and Personal Advancement Courses
Senior International Management Consultant 

Dr. Klvaňa was a Shorenstein Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University (2003). In 2012 he received the Distinguished Leadership Award for Internationals from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Dr. Klvaňa served as the Press Spokesperson and Policy Adviser for President of the Czech Republic, Special Government Envoy for Communications of the Missile Defense Program, and between 2005 and 2010 he worked in various CSR and Regulatory Management functions with British American Tobacco in London, Hamburg, Prague and Brussels. He is also a co-founder of the Aspen Institute Prague.He holds a Ph. D. from the University of Minnesota in the U.S. (1997) and an M. A. from Charles University in the Czech Republic. Currently, he is a senior international management consultant and a leadership coach, and an instructor at the AAU Academy. He is a co-founder and managing partner of a Singapore-based start-up, Extend My Runway.

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We do almost all of our projects in small international teams, and we work together like we would in a business company and synergize our different ideas. There's flexibilities to meet with teachers outside of class, and ask them questions, not just specifically things we learn in the class.

Ann Connolly
Business Administration, United States of America

AAU makes networking incredibly easy to do. I was able to participate in various events that don't necessarily connect to my coursework like conferences, literature festivals, debates, lectures, etc. When I was President of the Diplomatic Club, AAU helped me get in touch with event-organizers, which, for example, allowed us to host an event during the Festival of Democracy organized by the famous Forum 2000 conference.

Anastasia Mezenina
Business Administration, Russian Federation

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