A well-run company or inter-generational warfare? Workshop on how to manage a working team composed of several different age groups. Practical solutions based on latest neuroscience and organizational psychology – Module II
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A healthier way of life, scientific advancement, and better healthcare have significantly increased our average life expectancy and with it, the time span during which we are active and productive is extended. Post – industrial societies are aging and the presence of several different generations in the workplace is becoming more of a rule than an exception.
Companies today strive to create a competitive edge by excelling in innovation, creativity, team energy and a winning culture. However, with multi-generational workforce, these goals are becoming harder to achieve. Add to that the cultural, national and even language differences in the workplace, and it’s even more complicated.
Best practices of successful companies prove that the tension inherent in any diversity can be turned into an asset, and an engine of innovation, by creating a well-composed, balanced, and motivated team.
This module is based on the expertise and literature in the fields of socio-demographics / generational cohorts / social psychology, organizational psychology and emotional intelligence in management (Robert Kegan, Daniel Goleman), Theory of Management and Leadership (Grant, Amy Edmondson, Joshua Waitzkin), Theory of Creativity (Frans Johansson), and studies of organizational habits and their targeted changes (Stephen Covey, James Clear). Case studies and examples of good practice from the Harvard Business Review archive will be used, as well as the experiences of successful entrepreneurs and managers, such as Barry Diller, Ray Dalia and many others).
- Gain insight into the inter-generational and diversity dynamic grounded in the psychology of adult development
- Master smart management of diverse teams, based on the Peaks Model
- Use diversity management to unleash team creativity and entrepreneurial spirit
The online workshop combines online lecture sessions, discussions, model exercises, and course reflections. It utilizes design-thinking together with synchronous learning. Interaction between participants and the instructor is encouraged through the online platform NEO, which also enables cooperation between individuals and teams.
Schedule and Course Content
Session 1 Content (2.5 hours)
- Generational cohorts theory and its misapplication
- Emotional intelligence
Session 2 Content (2.5 hours)
- The Peaks theory of the brain
- Focused Discussion
- Psychologically safe organizations
Session 3 Content (2.5 hours)
- Diversity and creativity
- Ray Dalio Model exercise
- Givers and takers in an organization
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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