AAU Academy Executive Course

Inter-generational Management

A well-run company or inter-generational warfare?  Workshop on how to manage a work team composed of several different age groups. Practical solutions based on latest neuroscience and organizational psychology – Module II  

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

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 a  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).

Learning Outcomes

  • 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
  • Learn how to turn friction and conflicts into key corporate and organizational assets
  • Use diversity management to unleash team creativity and entrepreneurial spirit


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

Morning Session (3 hours)

  • Generational cohorts theory and its misapplication
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Focused discussion

Afternoon Session (3 hours)

  • Model exercise (Emotional Intelligence)
  • The Peaks theory of the brain Psychologically safe organizations
  • Barry Diller Case study
  • Quiz & Review

Day 2 Outline

Morning Session (3 hours)

  • Givers and takers in an organization
  • DDOs and transcending your level
  • Model exercise (Dalio/idea meritocracy)
  • Focused discussion

Afternoon Session (3 hours)

  • Diversity and creativity
  • Learning and excellence
  • Model exercise (diversity/innovation)
  • 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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Business Administration, United States of America

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Business Administration, Russian Federation

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