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LEAP Advanced

  • 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 focused on personal development. The program is open to all oikos members (active and Alumni).

    Some Facts

    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.

    We are holding an Informational call on August 5th at 6pm CEST where we will give a brief introduction into the program and answer all your questions. This is the zoom link to join the call: https://zoom.us/j/508192055

    You can also watch the recording of the LEAP Informational Call from June 24th here.

  • 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 will take place on October 25th to 31st, in Leysin, Switzerland and before the Spring Meeting 2020.

    Read about the last Midterm Meeting in March 2019 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).

    Monday, December 3rd, 6pm CET

    “Transpersonal Leadership for the 21st century” John Knights – Exclusive Webinar (Open only for Advanced Participants)

    John Knights

    John is a Co-founder and Chairman of LeaderShape Ltd.

    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 Browne

    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)

    Timothy A. Pychyl

    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.

    Wednesday, May 27th, 6:30pm CEST

    “Emotions” Dan Newby  (Open only for Advanced Participants)

    Dan Newby

    Dan is an executive coach, facilitator, online trainer, facilitator, author and mentor working primarily with leaders and coaches. His writing focused on Emotional Literacy and how it can be learned and practiced to enhance leadership and coaching.

    He currently works with leaders based in the U.S., Germany, Italy, El Salvador, Mexico, Slovakia and Canada. His coaching clients come from manufacturing, educational organizations, and NGOs. He often combines individual with group work. With his largest client, he has training their top 500 leaders in a 3-year program with a team of 6 facilitators. He was one of the two original program designers for the program.

    He mentors coaches through his online training programs, virtual and in-person work which is also on a worldwide basis.

    Prior to my work in coaching and training he worked 25 years in private business in roles ranging from production to CEO.

    Born in the U.S. he spent 5 years of his childhood in Central Africa and Switzerland and, at 19, one year in Israel. His young and middle adult years he was in the Midwestern U.S. which was his father’s ancestral home. In 2006 he relocated to Colorado and since 2012 have lived in Barcelona, Spain. He is married to Lucy Núñez who is his partner in School of Emotions and co-author of two of his books.

    Material Resources

    • The Unopened Gift: A Primer in Emotional Literacy available on Amazon and Kindle in English and Spanish. Co-authored with Lucy Núñez.
    • The Field Guide to Emotions: A Practical Orientation to 150 Essential Emotions available on Amazon and Kindle. Co-authored with Curtis Watkins.
    • 21 Days to Emotional Literacy: A Personal Journey available on Amazon and Kindle in English and Spanish. Co-authored with Lucy Núñez.
    • Emotions and Coaching a six-module online training course available at studyemotions.com
    • Pilots’ Emotional Fitness and Aviation Safety Leadership online training courses available at safetyrelations.com

    More info here:  www.schoolofemotions.world

  • Reflections

    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.

  • Experiential Learning

    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:

    Leading Above The Line | Tim Peek

    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

    Thinking Innovation For Better Projects | Daniel Hires

    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:

    Communicating Effectively | Julian Treasure

    JulianJulian 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:

    Building Relationship/Partnerships | Michèle Joanisse

    Photo Michele JOANISSEMichèle 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:

    The Importance of Responsible Education | Mehdi Majidi

    24428ddDr. 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 Stephen R. Covey

    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.

    More inspiring videos


    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

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