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Professional Development Course Overview

Our professional development courses offer 2-day training that will enable you to connect to your inner drive and resilience, cultivate purpose-driven engagement at work, and make a lasting positive impact in your organization.

The courses take place over 2 days on campus and provide an opportunity to:

  • Take a step back from the daily work operations and reflect on the overarching strategy that steers your business in the long run
  • Develop a deeper and more holistic understanding of the challenges and opportunities for your business in the context of the world’s grand sustainability issues
  • Renew your understanding of the key global issues confronting business, the environment, and mankind
  • Strengthen your capability for innovation and collaboration
  • Hone your leadership capacity to drive change in the era of disruption, change and uncertainty
  • Make a difference in your organization and grow professionally and sustainably
  • Connect to your values and inner core and gain more clarity about your place in the world

How to Register

The registration for the Professional Development Courses is really easy - simply select a course from our portfolio below and use the Click and Register link to sign up. 

Course Portfolio & Next Dates

The Corporate Board of the 21st Century - Governing Sustainable Organisations

The Corporate Board of the 21st Century - Governing Sustainable Organisations is a 2-day professional development course designed for current and future board members of all types of organizations.

In this course, you will familiarize yourself with the new trends and requirements of board members and learn how to become an effective player in new types of conversations around emerging hot topics. You will also discover which organizations and boards best serve your profile and where you can add value based on your board profile.

The course will enable you to:

  • Gain critical insights to the changing role and responsibility of boards to represent the voice of society and to ensure a continued licence to operate for a business in view of emerging mega trends and reputational issues.
  • Upgrade your skills and competencies through a set of comprehensive tools and frameworks
  • Learn how to seek and assess board opportunities that match your personal goals and values
  • Strengthen your profile to maximize your impact in boards now and in future
  • Refresh your understanding of how to best contribute to board level strategy discussions
  • Develop a understanding of your strengths and how you can best leverage these in difficult situations
  • Build your effectiveness in powerful conversations through role play

Read more about the course here.

Eventbrite - The Corporate Board of the 21st Century - Governing Sustainable Organisations

Sustainability Reporting for Maximized Impact

Sustainability Reporting for Maximized Impact is a 2-day professional development course designed for organizational leaders and managers as well as sustainability professionals who are in charge of reporting and assessing the impact of organizations.

In this course, you will gain critical insights into relevant and credible sustainability reporting while considering completeness and learn about current reporting trends and practices. The course aims at highlighting the opportunities of sustainability reporting for MNEs and SMEs, showing pathways on how to produce a lean but meaningful reports.

The course will enable you to:

  • Gain critical insights about sustainability reporting
  • Learn how to conduct a materiality analysis and how to report about critical issues
  • Acquire a reliable framework to assess sustainability reports
  • Recognize leading practices in impact valuation
  • Report about relevant issues encouraging transformational changes

Read more about the course here.

Eventbrite - Sustainability Reporting for Maximized Impact

SDGs for Business: Creating Outside-In Strategic Opportunities

SDGs for Business: Creating Outside-In Strategic Opportunities is a 2-day professional development course designed for organizational leaders, corporate strategists and sustainability officers across all industries and functions who are in charge of understanding today’s challenges and turning them into strategic business opportunities. It enables participants to implement strategic change in organizations of their choice through understanding the change readiness of the organization and available transformative options for co-creating new strategic business opportunities beyond current business activities.

This program equips you with practical tools and methodologies to tap into this potential and to accelerate the transition to true business sustainability. It enables the participants to reflect and focus on long-term solutions creating a net-positive impact for all.

The course will enable you to:

  • Learn how to assess companies for future readiness and understand where they are in terms of change readiness and business sustainability
  • Gain an understanding of the relevance of the SDGs for business
  • Learn how to use the GAPRFRAME tool as well as the Business Sustainability Typology
  • Learn about innovation process tools for strategic business reinvention
  • Acquire facilitation techniques that can be used to moderate multi-stakeholder groups and to understand stakeholder dynamics$
  • Understand the tools to assess the net positive impact

Read more about the course here.

Eventbrite - SDGs for Business: Creating Outside-In Strategic Opportunities

Playing Big - Activate your Potential, Live on Purpose and Have an Impact

Playing Big - Activate your Potential, Live on Purpose and Have an Impact is a 2-day professional development course designed for individuals who are seeking greater meaning and purpose in their career and broader life.

In this course, you will take a closer look at your current self and uncover the pathway to explore and connect more fully with your true self and its full expression.

The course will enable you to:

  • Take bolder action and reach more people with your work
  • Feel more confident in everything you do
  • Stop feeling too young, too old, or not expert enough to do what you want to do
  • Access your own inner wisdom quickly and reliably
  • Express your own voice and put your unique contribution out into the world
  • Feel less dependent on the approval of others — at work AND in your personal life
  • Know how to sustain long-term action toward your goals
  • Stop undermining yourself with your own words, and have more influence and impact when you speak
  • Understand how to wisely respond to the fear that arises as we live at full potential

Read more about the event here.

Eventbrite - Playing Big - Activate your Potential, Live on Purpose and Have an Impact

Reclaim your Inner Strength: Coping with Stress and Life’s Challenges

Reclaim your Inner Strength: Coping with Stress and Life’s Challenges is a 2-day professional development course designed for individuals who want to develop the ability to step back and connect more often to one’s inner-peace and resources in the context of increasing external demands and daily stressors.

In this course, you will explore new ideas about who you are and how your involvement in business can become (even) more fulfilling. You will visit and discover deeper aspects of your human nature and essence. You will experience new attitudes and techniques enabling you to progressively gain more inner and outer balance in your Life and to upgrade your effectiveness.

The course will enable you to:

  • Clearly distinguish your 4 types of intelligence and understand how they interrelate
  • Develop a vigilance on your stress-level on daily basis and have an idea of which technique they might chose to focus on in order to manage it and, ultimately, master it in the future
  • Be aware of what in you is the product of conditioning and what is not
  • Understand that genuine responsibility is joyful and liberating and cannot possibly be a burden or a fear factor
  • Connect more often to an inner-source from which inner-peace, creativity and wisdom are always available
  • Actualize what success, progress and growth mean for you and your organization

Read more about the course here.

Eventbrite - Reclaim your Inner Strength: Coping with Stress and Life’s Challenges

Strengthening the Value Proposition: Collaboration in Business & Industry Associations

Strengthening the Value Proposition: Collaboration in Business & Industry Associations is a 2-day professional development course designed for business professionals and managers looking to build impactful coalitions in order to ‘punch-above-their weight’ and influence global policy as well as company ‘best-practice’.

This course looks at the role and responsibilities of business, trade and industry associations in influencing membership and driving sustainability best practice. You will look at the ‘good’, the ‘bad’ and, the ‘ugly’: taking a 360 degree perspective on strategy and tools. Critically, you will take an unapologetic view, from the perspective of the associations as well as those that are the users and consumers of their platforms, i.e., members, stakeholders, NGOs, and INGOs. What influence do these organizations have on some of society’s ‘big-ticket’ items - the environment, climate change and other sustainability challenges. Who are the leaders? And who are the laggards?

The course will enable you to:

  • Understand how to leverage your membership in a variety of coalitions
  • Determine the best distribution of corporate resources of the plethora of demands from multi-stakeholder platforms
  • Develop an improved strategy in selling and marketing the value of the collaborative approach to problem-solving
  • Tackle segmentation of issues and affiliations for various ‘end-games’
  • Identify best practices of business coalitions
  • Analyze ‘fit-for-purpose’: where are corporate dollars best spent to influence which issues?

Read more about the course here.
Eventbrite - Strengthening the Value Proposition: Collaboration in Business & Industry Associations

Managing Change in the 4.0 Era

Managing Change in the 4.0 Era is a 2-day professional development course designed for leaders and high potentials wanting to broaden their comfort zone and increase their understanding in a rapidly changing competitive environment.

In a VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous) world, change and discomfort are not only accelerating, they are becoming the new normal. The arrival of digital services opens up a realm of new business models, disintermediation and platforms previously impossible and economically unthinkable at such a large scale. With this transformation, executives are confronted with companies seeking novel business models to monetize their assets and know-how and new worker - employer relationships.The purpose of this course is to help you understand, predict, and empower these changes personally, for your employees and for your company.

The course will enable you to:

  • Name the societal and technological changes and study their effects
  • Differentiate between generations X, Y & Z and their respective needs
  • Explore the strengths and challenges of employing different generations and the drivers behind each generation
  • Understand the slashing trend, its causes and effects
  • Explore the different prerequisites of a business model
  • Apply the Business Model Canvas
  • Investigate different classes of business models and apply them in your field
  • Observe the acceleration of change in and around your company
  • Predict the effect of product and market mismatch in the short, medium and long term
  • Enumerate change implementation measures alongside their advantages and disadvantages
  • Diagnose the maturity levels of change implementation

Read more about the course here.

Eventbrite - Managing Change in the 4.0 Era

Program Details

  • 2 days at Business School Lausanne, from 9am to 5pm
  • Language of instruction is English
  • Simple registration with no pre-course or post-course assignment

Program Cost & Engagement

Program cost for 2018 is CHF 2'018.

Discounts are available for two to five individuals from the same organization attending the same program, for individuals attending more than one course per year, and for social entrepreneurs. Details can be found in the course descriptions here.

Course Calendar

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