oikos LEAP is designed to inspire young leaders to become more responsible and sustainable in their decision making and equip them with insights, knowledge and tools to do so.
oikos LEAP challenges participants to reflect on themselves and their values. Whilst adopting and sharing the lessons learnt in their chapters, participants practice sustainable leadership. The result is strengthened chapter performance and greater impact in line with the oikos mission. These basics will, moreover, accompany participants throughout their lives and result in change towards sustainability.
LEAP Advanced is the most intensive of three LEAP tracks. The program is open to all oikos members.
Duration: 9 months.
Time: Circa one hour per week (on webinars, reflections, individual coaching and peer2peer discussions) + two onsite meetings (in October 2018 and in March 2019. Hours invested in the practice aspect of oikos LEAP vary according to participants’ individual engagement in their chapter or community.
Eligibility Criteria: A selection process will take place from 4th of June to 9th of September 2018. Selected participants will be notified in September.
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During the Foundations Meeting (7 days) and during the Mid-term Meeting (2 days), Advanced Track participants engage in intensive leadership development days. This is a key part of the programme as participants have the opportunity to meet and interact face-to-face. Participants will acquire, not only knowledge enabling personal growth but also practical skills to improve leadership in their chapters.
The On-Site Meetings took place on October 19th to 25th, Leysin, Switzerland and before the Spring Meeting 2019. Read about the Midterm Meeting in March in Belgrade here.
Webinars are monthly learning modules addressing topics such as ‘creating and driving a vision’ and ‘leading for more sustainable education’ (see more topics in the scheme above). The webinars will be conducted by experts and recorded (when consented by the expert). In 2017/18, we had the following webinars:
Monday, December 3rd, 6pm CET
“Transpersonal Leadership for the 21st century” John Knights – Exclusive Webinar (Open only for Advanced Participants)
“My purpose is to support leaders on their journey to become excellent Transpersonal Leaders.”
He is an international thought leader in the development of leaders and an experienced coach, mentor and facilitator of individuals (especially Chairs, CEOs and senior managers), teams and peer groups.
John has a Senior Executive Coaching Award from The Oxford School of Coaching & Mentoring, lectured at the University of Oxford on leadership development and was Honorary Lecturer at the University of Chester in the field of Work Based Learning. He is an expert in Transpersonal Leadership which incorporates emotional intelligence, spiritual intelligence and neuroscience John also has recognized expertise in culture change, corporate strategy, organizational development, acquisitions and joint ventures, business finance, and marketing and sales.
Wednesday, February 6th, 6:30pm CET
“The importance of culture and how to create engagement” Colin Browne ( Open for all oikos members)
Colin is the founder of the South Africa-based Happy Sandpit think tank which researches and develops solutions around organisational culture, leadership and employee engagement. He is the author of the book How to Build a Happy Sandpit, based on real-world research inside nearly 100 Southern African organisations into how they use culture to drive great engagement, and the role of leadership in all that. He is a busy speaker and lecturer at leading business schools and at conferences in Africa, the Middle East and Europe.
To have access to the webinar and recieve the zoom link and password please register your email here. We will send you the link on the 5th of February.
Wednesday, February 27th, 6:30pm CET
“Procrastination” Timothy A. Pychyl (Open only for Advanced Participants)
Tim is the Director of the Centre for Initiatives in Education and an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Carleton University. He has garnered an international reputation for his research on the breakdown in volitional action commonly called procrastination. In addition to his scholarly publications as well as books such as Solving the Procrastination Puzzle (2013, Penguin) and Procrastination, Health and Well-Being (Elsevier, 2016; co-edited with Fuschia Sirois, University of Sheffield), Tim produces the iProcrastinate podcast (iTunes) and writes the Don’t Delay blog for Psychology Today (see procrastination.ca for more information).
Tim’s research is complemented by his passion for teaching for which he has won numerous awards including the 3M National Teaching Fellowship, the Ontario Faculty Associations Teaching Award, The University Medal for Distinguished Teaching, the Graduate Faculty Mentoring Award, and, most recently, the Carleton University Student Association Teaching award. Tim has been an invited speaker across the country working with professors in universities and colleges to enhance teaching and learning.
When not on campus, you will find this self-described “dinosaur dad” at home on his hobby farm with his wife and children (ages 13 and 11). Together they care for their huskies and horses while enjoying the restorative countryside of the Ottawa Valley.
Throughout the programme participants will be able to reflect on their oikos LEAP experience by completing reflection guides. During the regular peer-to-peer calls, participants will be able to share challenges and lessons experienced. Participants are encouraged to share their own experiences as opportunities to learn and grow, both personally and as a group.
Participants will be assigned to a professional coach in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential. The goals of the coaching sessions will be defined by each individual’s needs.
A core goal of oikos LEAP is that participants put the lessons learnt into practice. This can occur in any activity, but should be specifically helpful in the day-to-day chapter work. Practical experience is an integral part of the reflection process.
Current LEAP Advanced participants are working in organizational teams for oikos meetings with up to 150 participants, in international strategy teams within oikos, and lead small-scale projects with multiple team members on the local level. The lessons from webinars and reflections are directly applicable to these situations and can equip participants with a better skill set to manage smaller and bigger problems when working in teams.
Each participant is advised to also share their learning with a group of people from outside oikos LEAP. This could be their teams or a group of close friends. We believe that the best way to learn is by explaining lessons learnt to others. This exercise can be the most rewarding part of the programme: you teach what you have learnt.
A collection of learning material (books, articles, videos, etc.) will be at the disposal of the participants. It is up to each participant to take advantage of the material and deepen one’s understanding. The creation of the Toolbox is a common effort of the participants and the organising team, taking place via their intranet on Podio, which participants also use to communicate on everyday problems they incur.
The Webinars address topics that give participants a taste of the importance of responsible leadership. By listening to some of the best experts in the field, you will truly enrich your understanding in the addressed topics. Check out all the webinars on our Youtube Channel here and find a collection of them below:
Our speaker, Tim Peek, is an Emmy award-winning journalist, former NBC News executive, and today works as a leadership consultant and coach. He has spoken to investment groups, professional associations and at corporate annual meetings about the ways consciousness and strategy interact in the business world.
Dr Geoff Scott is Emeritus Professor of Higher Education and Sustainability at Western Sydney University, Australia. From 2004-12 he was Pro Vice-Chancellor (Quality) and Executive Director of Sustainability at UWS. During this time he led a range of successful external quality audits and established RCE-GWS. He is a widely published author on change leadership, professional capability, assuring achievement standards and quality assurance in higher education. His book Turnaround Leadership for Higher Education with Canada’s Michael Fullan (2009) was nominated for the 2010 US Colleges Bellwether Award.
He is a former director of the Australian Council for Educational Research, a Fellow of the Australian College of Education, a member of TEQSA’s Panel of Experts and a higher education auditor and consultant in many countries. From 2014-16 he was a National Senior Teaching Fellow with Australia’s Office for Learning and Teaching. In 2007, he was the Recipient of the Australian Higher Education Quality Award.
Find out more about his work at www.flipcurric.edu.au
Daniel calls himself a “third culture kid at home in innovation, entrepreneurship, startups, social business, sustainability, and all things digital.” His background ranges from music, over marketing and events, to a number of social startups.
Daniel is passionate about building communities that empower people to take collaborative action on their ideas for a better world. He has conducted numerous projects and grown businesses in the sustainability realm. To name a few, he co-founded MakeSense, an online matching-platform for social entrepreneurs, co-authored the book “Phase 0 – How to make some action” (http://www.phase0.org/), established the silent climate parade and now works with the UN environmental program to connect the landscape of green entrepreneurs in the MENA region.
Find out more about Daniel & his projects at projecthires.com.
Check out his Webinar here:
Julian Treasure is chairman of The Sound Agency, a UK-based audio branding consultancy specialising in soundscapes that increase dwell time in major shopping malls worldwide. His book Sound Business is the seminal work on intentional, effective business sound. Julian has been widely featured in the world’s media and is a top-rated international speaker. His five TED.com talks on sound and communication have been viewed over 20 million times; the latest is in the top 30 TED talks of all time.
Check out his webinar here:
Michèle Joanisse is a seasoned development professional with 23 years of work experience in the philanthropic sector. During her career, Michele raised over 330 million euros for medical education, research, and humanitarian projects.
She currently holds the position Head of External Relations at DNDi – Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative in Geneva since October 2012 where she is leading a campaign to raise €200M by 2018 to find better treatments for neglected tropical diseases such as malaria, sleeping sickness, Chagas disease, leishmaniasis, filarial diseases and pediatric HIV. She is working with an international team of 14 staff based in New York, Rio and Geneva. To date, her and the team secured €187M for R&D projects from governments, foundations and high net worth individuals in Seattle, London, Geneva and Tokyo.
Prior to DNDi, Michele raised funds for the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University in Montreal, Canada for seven years. From 2006 to 2012, she lead a CDN$130M campaign and exceeded her goal by CDN$25M two years ahead of campaign close. Specifically Michele secured multi-million dollar gifts from alumni, the corporate sector, foundations and high-net-worth individuals to advance epigenetics research, nursing, autism, pediatric musculoskeletal diseases, urology, cancer, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer diseases and established a series of university-hospital endowed chairs, doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships and student awards.
From 1998 to 2006 Michele lead the fundraising team at Médecins Sans Frontières in Canada. During her eight year with MSF, she grew the fundraising program from a CDN$1M to CDN$22M annually through a multi-facetted direct marketing strategy which included direct mail, street canvassing, telemarketing, online fundraising along with establishing a major gifts & planned gifts (legacies) program. She also developed & directed three ambitious fundraising strategic plans and lead a London-Berlin-Amsterdam-Toronto strategic planning exercise to map-out the best financial investment strategy to raise funds globally. She continues to be involved with MSF as a volunteers and moderates international debates for the movement.
Experienced in generating revenues through diversified fundraising program, Michele has manage large departments and complex cross-sector partnerships to meet her targets. She is fluent in both English and French with a deep knowledge of the medical and educational sectors. She graduated from the University of Ottawa with a BA in Communication and Management and is currently completing a Certificate in International Organisation Management at the University of Geneva.
Check out her webinar here:
Dr. Majidi is a university professor and international consultant in sustainable socioeconomic development and cross-cultural management. He has served as the Chair of International Business Administration (IBA) Department at the American University of Paris (AUP) and Director of a graduate program he created on cross-cultural and sustainable business management. In these positions he has strategized and implemented a new vision across the department to integrate business management education with liberal arts and aligning its learning objectives with the United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education (UN PRME) objectives creating a balanced technical skills and holistic understanding educational approach. His recent professional interest and academic research are focused on cultural values and sustainable development while extending his work toward secular spirituality and sustainability. He advocates social entrepreneurship as an effective initiative for socioeconomic transition toward sustainable development.
His consulting projects include assessment of innovative projects and innovations for commercialization, educational curriculum development, professional training programs, industrial development, workforce development, and the design of a solution to measure, monitor, and evaluate the dynamics of the socioeconomic progress of a country based on international standards indexes. He has worked at, and consulted for, Coopers and Lybrand (C&L), PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)’s Global Consulting and IBM Global Business Services, at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), the U.S. Department of Education (ED), the World Bank and the National Technology Transfer Center of Kazakhstan (World Bank grant initiatives).
Read more about his projects here.
Check out his webinar here:
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by
In The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, author Stephen R. Covey presents a holistic, integrated, principle-centered approach for solving personal and professional problems. With penetrating insights and pointed anecdotes, Covey reveals a step-by-step pathway for living with fairness, integrity, honesty, and human dignity — principles that give us the security to adapt to change and the wisdom and power to take advantage of the opportunities that change creates. With a balance of theory and practical examples, this guide to personal and professional life describes seven principles of life management. Targeted toward anyone who is interested in personal change, it guides you through private victory, public victory and renewal. More info here.
Building the Bridge As You Walk On It: A Guide for Leading Change by Robert E. Quinn
“Building the Bridge As You Walk On It” tells the personal stories of people who have embraced deep change and inspired author Robert Quinn to take his concept one step further and develop a new model of leadership “the fundamental state of leadership”. The exploration of this transformative state is at the very heart of the book. Quinn shows how anyone can enter the fundamental state of leadership by engaging in the eight practices that center on the theme of ever-increasing integrity – reflective action, authentic engagement, appreciative inquiry, grounded vision, adaptive confidence, detached interdependence, responsible freedom, and tough love. After each chapter, Quinn challenges you to assess yourself with respect to each practice and to formulate a strategy for personal growth. More info here.
Tribes We Need You to Lead Us by Seith Godin
A tribe is any group of people, large or small, who are connected to one another, a leader, and an idea. For millions of years, humans have joined tribes, be they religious, ethnic, political, or even musical (think of the Deadheads). It’s our nature. Now the Internet has eliminated the barriers of geography, cost, and time. All those blogs and social networking sites are helping existing tribes get bigger and enabling new tribes to be born―groups of ten or ten million who care about a political campaign, or a new way to fight global warming.
Who is going to lead all these tribes? The Web can do amazing things, but it can’t provide leadership. That still has to come from individuals―people just like you who have passion about something. Anyone who wants to make a difference now has the tools at their fingertips.
If you think leadership is for other people, think again―leaders come in surprising packages. Ignore an opportunity to lead and you risk turning into a “sheepwalker”―someone who fights to protect the status quo at all costs, never asking if obedience is doing you (or your organization) any good. Sheepwalkers don’t do very well these days.
Tribes will make you think (really think) about the opportunities for leading your fellow employees, customers, investors, believers, hobbyists, readers…. It’s not easy, but it’s easier than you probably imagine. More info here.
How to inspire leaders to grow by Omid Aschari. He will be with us at the Presidents’ Meeting!
The Tribes we Lead by Seith Godin
How great leaders inspire action by Simon Sinek
How to Make Work-life Balance Work by Nigel Marsh
The Puzzle of Motivation by Dan Pink
Dare to Disagree
The Power of Vulnerability by Brene Brown
“The LEAP Program embodies the true core of the oikos mission – empowering student change agents raising awareness for sustainability. It helped me grow as a person, as a listener and as a leader. I can only highly recommend it to anyone interested and not interested, as the quality and effect of the program is incredible” Fred Hilgenfeldt, Participant 2017/18; oikos Vienna, Austria”
I felt so honoured being able to participate in the LEAP and this process of those 9 months.
This journey and experience has just been a real eye-opener for me.I have never got to know people in a such intimate way. It is just a heartwarming feeling being part of such a strong and visionary group. Apart from all those new friends we had many very interesting discussions, webinars and coaching sessions.
Especially reflecting on your own values, your life and just listen actively to your conversations with others instead of commenting or interrupting had a huge impact on the way how I interact with others. The LEAP motivated me to take action in reorganizing our chapter in order to attract more in sustainability interested students. I would always encourage everyone in taking part in this life changing experience.
Luisa Pütz, LEAP Advanced Participant 2018/2019, oikos Bayreuth, Germany
“For me it was the best decision to join the LEAP programme in 2016. Through all the participatory learning activities with fellows I can totally trust in I learnt to better lead myself. I became stronger in my values and worked on my weakness: Listening. I get a better understanding about what leadership means to me and what characteristics a leader should have. Thereby, the LEAP supported me in setting up the Spring Meeting 2017 in Hamburg, starting into business life and deciding about my future career path. And all of that combined with lots of fun, inspiration and friends from around the world. A great opportunity!” – Pauline Sprenger, oikos LEAP Advanced Participant 2016/17Anyone could become a leader. How you are with yourself & others and how you act makes you a leader…or not. LEAP Program made me understand that. Thanks to it, I have improved my leadership skills by knowing myself better. In parallel, it gave me some technics to help other to develop. Joining LEAP, is boarding on a wonderful & deep, both personal & collective, international journey which never ends. Wherever you come from, whatever you wish to achieve in your professional or personal life, LEAP will bring you perspectives & answers you would never have guessed. One key : always listen to anyone… To know more, you will have to join the program !
After being a member for 9 months, the program offered me the opportunity to become a coach : this opportunity is simlpy priceless. Putting in practice leadership learnings in such a friendly & international group atmosphere is inspiring, challenging and really unique.”– Clementine Robert (French), oikos LEAP Advanced Participant 2015/16 & Coach LEAP Advanced 2016/17, Alumna, oikos Reims; Executive Board Member 2014/16.
I didn’t really know what to expect when I joined the LEAP Advanced Program, but it has exceeded all expectations I could have had. The possibility to exchange with professionals and to discuss about my experiences in a climate of confidence really helped me to develop myself on a professional and personal way. It was for me the first step to a continually self-empowerment. Tiphaine Rouault, oikos LEAP Advanced Participant 2016/17
“LEAP is a great blend of well versed faculty/experts, an integrated curriculum of leadership concepts & self reflection, and a strong interactive, diverse group of participants across the globe. In the program, every session is customized and carefully thought through to address the leadership issues that span: leadership authenticity, importance of communication & responsibility and putting to use the gifted & acquired skills consciously. You will have buddies who will accompany you, help you reflect & expand your thinking throughout this journey. I would recommend this program to anyone who is interested to develop self-awareness, challenge the traditional definition of leadership & stretch your own limits at each step.” – Bhakti Khot (Indian), oikos LEAP Advanced Participant 2015/16, Alumna, oikos Pune
Being a participant in the LEAP advanced made me discover another side of myself, by sharing my deep fears and dreams. It also empowered me on a personal and professional level, by showing me the path to becoming a responsible leader. It enabled me to quickly and beautifully bond with amazing people and learn from their stories. This experience was truly unique and reached me on some points I never imagined I had in me.
I would like to thank oikos International for this awesome opportunity, Adriana for her professional and really helpful coaching calls, Adrian for making himself available for us, my dear peer group for being so supportive and of course the whole promotion for creating a safe “trust zone”.
The program is interesting and complete: webinars, peer group calls, coaching calls and physical meetings in Europe, fun, trust, all kind of emotions, what else?! Salma EL OUAHABI, LEAP Advanced Participant 2016/17
The LEAP Advanced Program with its informative webinars, self-challenging personal coaching sessions and great talks and experiences with a group of unique people taught me not only a lot about classic leadership but also about myself. I learned how to go through life with much more awareness for situations I can learn from. LEAP is the start of a process of constant learning and that’s very important as leadership, in my eyes, starts at a very personal level of an authentic and understanding self. Georg Smolka, LEAP Advanced Participant 2016/17
LEAP stands for so much more than Leadership programme – Listening, Evaluation, Appreciation, Participating, … . It is the beginning of a journey of getting to know yourself, others and the world around you. For me it showed me who I want to be and I realized that in order to be this person I need to leave my comfort zone. This is what I am doing now (again)! ☺ I want to thank everybody in the programme, especially Adriana who did a great job, during the private skype sessions and by organizing this programme! I also want to thank my peer-group for the great talks! It was awesome meeting almost all people during the meetings in Speicher and in Hoisdorf face-to-face and of course during the webinars, which were so inspiring! Sarah Martin, LEAP Advanced Participant 2016/17
I am grateful for the LEAP programme which inspired me and where I learnt a lot about my values and how to act more in line with them. The webinars offered me lot of interesting insights from inspiring experts all over the world. Furthermore, I learnt a lot from the other participants. The atmosphere within the group was very trustful and open which created space to exchange, open up and practice listening and questioning. After the LEAP I am convinced that in order to live more sustainable also our behaviors towards each other should be more sustainable – participating & honest without judgement. Hannah Brack, oikos LEAP Advanced Participant 2016/17
“Being a part of oikos LEAP gave me a lot. It has been a process that allowed me to understand myself better and changed my definition of leadership. I had an amazing opportunity to explore myself and reflect. Our midterm meeting in Lille was a breakthrough moment for me. We had the chance to get to know each other better by exchanging our experiences and even by cooking and eating together. All the activities and associated emotions made us stronger individually and as a whole. oikos LEAP is just the beginning of our journey towards more sustainable leadership and I’m ready for it!” – Katarzyna Kiedrowicz (Polish), oikos LEAP Advanced Participant 2015/16, President 2014/16, oikos Warsaw“When I talk about the LEAP, people always ask ‘what is it all about’ and when I try to explain I often find myself looking for the right words. For me personally, it was so much more than just the unbelievably interesting webinars or the intimate reflection calls where we talked about everything that currently bothered us. Through the LEAP I found out what my internal values are, how I want to lead people, and how I can lead them in accordance with my values. But I also learned more about myself, who I am, what I want and where I want to go in the future. The greatest thing about the LEAP is, however, that you are constantly accompanied on this journey by people you trust and who always push you to take one step further out of your comfort zone. In fact, leaving my comfort zone, sharing thoughts and feelings, and listening carefully have been the most meaningful lessons I’ve learned during the LEAP.” – Lisa Schmidt (German), oikos LEAP Advanced Participant 2015/16, President 2015/16, oikos Paderborn“The interactive reflective sessions after each webinar is the best part of this Leadership Program. Driven by Adriana, she brings out the best in each person and helps us in internalizing the learnings – the one thing that is often missed by many. My favourite course was the one which is helping me to listen to others. LEAP has changed me for the better and I hope that it will continue to change me as I reflect on each learning that I got.” – Sagar Vatkar (Indian), oikos LEAP Advanced Participant 2015/16, President 2015/16, oikos Kolkata“I signed up for the LEAP Advanced Track after I had experienced a small taste of the program back in October 2015. The Presidents’ Meeting in St. Gallen was geared towards setting prospective leaders on a path to self-discovery while honing their skills. My main concern was the time I had to give every week. Once I managed that, I opened all my thoughts, reflections and vices to my peer group and it has been a fantastic learning experience ranging from the diifferent roles of a leader to managing conflicts in a team. It wouldn’t take me 2 seconds to recommend this program to my peers and colleagues. Viel Glück!” – Shyam Srinivasan (Indian), oikos LEAP Advanced Participant 2015/16, President 2014-16, oikos Vellore“LEAP has been a real eye-opener for me. It was a unique experience, something I haven’t participated throughout my whole course of education and it even has developed my social life in- and outside private relations. I started to consider things I’ve overlooked before and I feel like, I can better understand the motivations of the fellow human beings around me.” – Till Volkmer (German), oikos LEAP Advanced Participant 2015/16, President 2015/16, oikos Konstanz“I have enjoyed my participation within oikos LEAP. I learned a lot during this project. The oikos LEAP project aimed to bring up the next generation, innovative and responsible leaders. And oikos LEAP team did a great job by designing, developing and implementing this project at a very high level with great professionals and very interesting content. LEAP delivered constructive and very interesting webinars and team work that was crucial for the successful implementation.I was thrilled to be involved in such an unforgettable experience full of emotions and knowledge. It was beyond my expectations in terms of content and the way we were taught. What I personally appreciated most about working with oikos LEAP team was the professionalism of how they organized it during 9 months, punctuality and responsibility, how they keep everyone happy, and deliver the expected results at its highest.” – Vusal Abasov (Azerbaijani), oikos LEAP Advanced Participant 2015/16, President 2016, oikos Baku