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Keynotes and Workshops


We deliver keynotes and workshops for companies and teams of 10 or more individuals.  All keynotes and workshops are available in German, too.  Please scroll through the topics below and contact us for more information.

Keynotes

Human Hamster Wheel—Fura del Baus

3 too common barriers that keep conscious business leaders stuck in a hamster wheel and block innovation

We live in a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world. This fact alone often drives traditional business leaders nuts. Gone are the days of certainty, plan and control mechanisms. The compass and direction of the established philosophy that businesses run like well-oiled engines are gone. What stays behind are questions, concerns, fears – and the understanding that businesses have to change if they want to survive and thrive in today’s Digital Age.

Conscious business leaders are very well aware of this fundamental shift in business. Rather than feeling threatened by it they see it as a welcome opportunity to unfold human potential in the workplace. Alas, they often find themselves slowed down or held back by inertia of hierarchy, bureaucracy and internal politics. On the personal level this results in frustration, disengagement, stress, burn-out and illness. On the company level innovation capacities are under-utilized or idle. Both consequences on the personal and company levels create a vicious circle which seems impossible to break and ends up in a downward spiral for business survival.

This keynote will shed light on three common barriers that keep conscious business leaders stuck in a hamster wheel and that block innovation. And it will outline how to overcome these barriers.

LHS Venn DiagrammLeadership, Happiness and Project Success

Project success is such an exciting, exhilarating and rewarding experience. Alas, most projects these days still fail.  In this workshop I shed light on two crucial ingredients for project success:  empowering leadership and happiness.  I explain and explore why and how leadership can help you grow successful projects by actively accounting for happiness on the individual, group, project and organizational levels.  You will learn how to find a clear focus of what you really want to achieve, create a strategy through principle centered leadership, resolve project issues and align your priorities for project success.

Also available as a workshop.

MVPBuilding your MVP for Project Success

An MVP can decide a game and lead a team to victory.  But what about projects?  An MVP is important and can make the decisive difference between success and failure.  Alas, in this context an MVP is not the single most valuable player but MVP stands for the team’s understanding and support of the Motivation, Vision and Practice of the initiative.  I will outline why this MVP matters and how you too can develop an MVP and thus build the foundation for project success.

Also available as a workshop.

 

FailureThe Potential Blessings of Failure: Turning Failures into Success

It was all meant to be a great enterprise – and ended in disaster? What a frustrating nightmare!  Is this the end? – Not necessarily.  I will take you on a journey and share stories with you about project and business failures which after all turned into huge successes.  And I will let you know what one of their key secrets were.

Also available as a workshop.

 

TJEP Book ProfilThe 5 Leadership Principles for Project Success

In this lecture I reveal a secret for project success: effective project leadership. I outline five principles of effective project leadership and how they can be applied in daily project work. They include building vision, nurturing collaboration, promoting performance, cultivating learning, and ensuring results.  I will show how applying these principles helps you set up, manage, and align projects for success.

Also available as a workshop.

 

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERASelf-Organizing Teams:  Illusion or Reality?

This lecture outlines the pitfalls and the promises and power of self-organizing teams.  It explains what distinguishes them from manager-led and self-governing teams.  It outlines ingredients for self-organizing teams to develop and prosper and what difficulties they may encounter and how to overcome them.

Also available as a workshop.  Sample presentation available on Slideshare.

 

All of these keynotes can be customized to your needs.  Contact me for details.

Workshops

Human Hamster Wheel—Fura del Baus3 too common barriers that keep conscious business leaders stuck in a hamster wheel and block innovation – and how to overcome them

We live in a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world. This fact alone often drives traditional business leaders nuts. Gone are the days of certainty, plan and control mechanisms. The compass and direction of the established philosophy that businesses run like well-oiled engines are gone. What stays behind are questions, concerns, fears – and the understanding that businesses have to change if they want to survive and thrive in today’s Digital Age.

Conscious business leaders are very well aware of this fundamental shift in business. Rather than feeling threatened by it they see it as a welcome opportunity to unfold human potential in the workplace. Alas, they often find themselves slowed down or held back by inertia of hierarchy, bureaucracy and internal politics. On the personal level this results in frustration, disengagement, stress, burn-out and illness. On the company level innovation capacities are under-utilized or idle. Both consequences on the personal and company levels create a vicious circle which seems impossible to break and ends up in a downward spiral for business survival.

This workshop will shed light on three common barriers that keep conscious business leaders stuck in a hamster wheel and that block innovation. And it will outline how to overcome these barriers.

Duration: 1/2 – 1 day
Group size:  5 – open

Also available as a keynote.  This workshop can be extended to a Learning & Discovery Camp “Sparking conscious leadership for innovation”.  See our Institute page for details.

LHS Venn DiagrammLeadership, Happiness and Project Success

Project success is such an exciting, exhilarating and rewarding experience. Alas, most projects these days still fail.  This workshop presents two crucial ingredients for project success:  mindful leadership and happiness.  It explains and explores why and how leadership can help you grow successful projects by actively accounting for happiness on the individual, group, project and organizational levels.

This is a highly interactive workshop.  This means that throughout the workshop you will have the chance to apply all covered principles in individual and group exercises, thus strengthening your new understandings.

The workshop targets individuals who are sincerely interested in finding new and transforming ways to project success. These can be individuals, project managers, project team members, line managers, line organizations, companies or social groups.

The workshop consists of 3 major parts:

  1. Finding a clear focus of what you really want to achieve: The project and you
  2. Creating a strategy through principle centered leadership
  3. Resolving conflicts and aligning your priorities

Duration: 2 – 3 days
Group size:  5 – open

Also available as a keynote.  In addition, it can easily be converted into a HIP Camp, a Happy Ideas & Projects Camp.  See our Institute page for details.

SpirtFinding the Spirit of WOW Projects

What is it that distinguishes WOW projects from “normal” projects?  This workshop explores what it takes to setup WOW projects. These are projects that add value, that matter, that leave a legacy and projects that feel great to be a part of.  Together we pick a challenge we like to resolve.  Learn the necessary steps to find the spirit of your WOW project.

Also available as a keynote as well as part of our consulting offering.

MVPBuilding your MVP for Success

An MVP can decide a game and lead a team to victory.  But what about projects?  An MVP is important and can make the decisive difference between success and failure.  Alas, in this context an MVP is not the single most valuable player but MVP stands for the team’s understanding and support of the Motivation, Vision and Practice.

This highly interactive workshop explains why an MVP is probably the most important element for project as well as business success.  It then helps the audience build their MVP’s for their own projects and business.

Workshop topics include:

  • Perspectives on project and business success – and failure
  • Back to the roots: Start with WHY
  • Building the right MVP(s) for your practice
  • Putting the MVPs to work – or – the 5 leadership principles for success
  • Developing, building and practicing conscious leadership

Duration: 1 – 3 days
Group size:  5 – open

Also available as a keynote as well as part of our consulting offering.

 

FailureThe Potential Blessings of Failure: Turning Failures into Success

It was all meant to be a great enterprise – and ended in disaster? What a frustrating nightmare!  Is this the end? – Not necessarily.  In this workshop we will look at what project failure is and what it isn’t.  And we will analyze some turn-around projects and businesses and find out more about the secrets of turning project failure into success.  We will then apply these secrets to a selected project which is facing insurmountable obstacles or has even failed already.  Together we will see if and how we can help this project grow into a success.  We will analyze the challenges, develop new solution concepts and pragmatic project setups and thus grow the challenges into project successes.

Workshop topics include:

  • Project failure: what a frustrating nightmare
  • Critical factors for project failure and success
  • Celebrating failure, inviting innovation
  • A sample rescue mission

Duration: 1 – 3 days
Group size:  5 – open

Also available as a keynote as well as part of our consulting offering.

 

TJEP Book ProfilThe 5 Team Leadership Principles for Project Success

We all need and thrive for successful projects.  But what does it take to get there?  There is no doubt that good project management is a critical success factor.  However, for project management to be effective it needs to have a solid foundation in project leadership and teamwork.  It takes a performing team to run a project successfully.  And it takes effective leadership to empower the team to do so.  This is why team building is a decisive factor for project success.

Based on my own experience having managed projects of all sizes, from a few to 24000 person days effort, in various industries, I identify 5 team leadership principles that build a foundation for effective team building.  Together they build the Project Leadership Pyramid.  The principle at the top of this pyramid is the first principle of building a common project vision, followed by nurturing team collaboration, promoting team performance, cultivating team learning, and the foundation of the pyramid, ensuring team delivers results.

These 5 principles encompass the core of effective leadership in a team.  In the seminar I will present these 5 principles of effective project leadership and show how they can help build and manage a performing and winning team.  For each principle the audience will be doing power exercises.  The audience will pick a sample project of their choice thus customizing the workshop to their own needs and interests.

Duration: ½ – 3 days
Group size:  5 – open

 Also available as a keynote as well as part of our consulting offering.

 

Matrix3Surving in a Matrix: Simple Techniques for Effective Project Management in a Matrix Organization

This highly interactive workshop introduces a simple, yet very pragmatic approach to structure, plan and set-up a project in a matrix organization with strong line management and a weak project culture. Topics include: project definition, developing project goals, building a work package structure, outlining a project organization, implementing an early warning system for plan deviations, establishing risk analysis and management, cultivate continuous learning.

To get the most out of this workshop, participants will pre-select a real project initiative to be discussed.  Participants shall include decision makers and project team members.

Duration: 1-3 day + consulting and coaching
Group size:  3-20

 

Building Self-Organizing Teams

So, you have embraced Agile and are interested in self-organizing high-performance teams?  But you have no idea how self-organizing teams can evolve, or, unfortunately, things don’t evolve as desired?  –  If this describes your situation, this workshop is for you.
We will talk about the critical success factors of self-organizing teams.  We explain what distinguishes them from manager-led and self-governing teams.  And we cover the possible pitfalls and learn how to overcome them and find ingredients for self-organizing teams to develop and prosper.

Duration: 1 – 2 days
Group size:  5 – 20

Also available as a keynote.  Sample presentation available on Slideshare.

 

In addition, we offer seminars on the following topics:

  • Agile Project Management and Leadership
  • Project Negotiations
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Preparation for the PMP Exam by the Project Management Institute
  • Open Innovation: Growing Ideas into Projects for Success
  • Time management
 

All of these workshops can be customized to your needs and are available in German, too.  Contact me for details.

Past Keynotes & Workshops

TJ in Athens 2011

“Don’t Do Agile – Be Agile”. Keynote at PM Forum 2016 in Athens, Greece, 2016.

“Excite! A practical approach to unfolding organizational potential”. Presentation at PM Forum 2016 in Athens, Greece, 2016.

“Mind Matters: Leadership in the Digital Age”. Dinner speaker at Management Forum of Magna Cosma Europe in Frankfurt, Germany, 2016.

“Overcoming Stakeholder Resistance Through Dialogue”. Workshop at the Project Management Institute Global Congress EMEA 2016. Barcelona, Spain

“In Lieu of Traditional Organizational Development: Unfolding Organizational Potential and Performance”. Presentation at the German Corporate Social Responsibility Forum. Ludwigsburg, Germany, 2016.

“Humanity in the economy of the 21st century: Lessons from Magna International”. Presentation and workshop for alumni fellows of the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation as part of the Open Forum 2016 of the World Economic Forum. Davos, Switzerland, 2016.

HIP Camp Social Business 2015: Driving Social Business”. Initiator, coordinator, facilitator and speaker. Heidelberg, Germany, 2015.

“Shift Happens: Motivate to Be”. Dinner speaker at Global Quality Management Forum of Magna International in Frankfurt, Germany, 2015.

Social Entrepeneurship: Let Happiness Happen”. Co-initiator, coordinator, facilitator and speaker. Seminar and workshop for fellow-alumni of the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation in Berlin, Germany, 2014.

“Leadership, Happiness and Project Success”. Keynote at PM Community Event Erste Bank Group in Vienna, Austria, 2014.

“Leadership, Happiness and Project Success”. Opening keynote at PMI Netherlands Summit 2014 in Zeist, Netherlands, 2014.

Leadership, Happiness and Project Success: Igniting the Spirit of Success within you, your team and your community”. Presentation at Project Zone Congress 2014 in Frankfurt, Germany, 2014.

Chairlift to Innovation”. Open innovation seminar of the Institute for Project and Business Transformation, Davos, Switzerland, 2014.

“Finding the Spirit of WOW Projects: Turning Ideas into Projects for Success While Having Fun”. Workshop for alumni fellows of the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation as part of the Open Forum 2014 of the World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland, 2014.

“Self-Organizing Teams: To Be or not to Be”. Presentation at PM Forum 2013 in Nuremberg, Germany, 2013.

Leadership, Happiness and Project Success”. Webinar for the PMI Information Systems Community of Interest, 2013.

“Agile Paths to Project Leadership”. Workshop for a global food producing corporation in Lausanne, Switzerland, 2013.

Leadership Principles for Project Success“. PMI Switzerland Chapter, Lausanne, Switzerland, 2013.

The Illusion and Power of Self-Organizing Teams“. Webinar for the Project Management Institute – Information Services Community of Practice, 2013

Project Management and Zen: Achieving a Work-Life-Balance”. Presentation at Synergy Project Management Event 2012 in London, UK, 2012.

The Power and Illusion of Self-Organizing Teams”. Presentation at 2012 PMI Global Congress North America in Vancouver, BC, Canada, 2012.

The 5 Team Leadership Principles for Project Success”. Presentation at 2012 PMI Global Congress EMEA in Marseille, France, 2012.

Project Management and Zen”. NASA Project Management Challenge 2012 in Orlando, FL, USA, 2012.

“The Learning Project Organization”. Presentation at the 2011 PMI Global Congress North America in Dallas, TX, USA, 2011.

“The 5 Team Leadership Principles for Project Success”. Presentation at the 2011 PMI Global Congress North America in Dallas, TX, USA, 2011.

The Good and Evil of Collaboration Tools”. Presentation at the 2011 PMI Global Congress EMEA in Dublin, Ireland, 2011.

The 5 Team Leadership Principles for Project Success”. Presentation at the NASA Project Management Challenge 2011 in Long Beach, CA, USA, 2011.

“Leadership Principles for Project Success”. 1-day workshop for the PMI Chapter Frankfurt, Germany, 2011.

Leadership Principles for Project Success”. Keynote address at the 5th Project Management Conference in Athens, Greece, 2010.

A Fool with a Tool is Still a Fool: Overcoming Possible Pitfalls of Introducing Collaboration Tools”. Presentation at the Project Management Institute Global Congress North America in Washington, DC, USA, 2010.

“Leadership Principles for Project Success”. Presentation at the Test Facility Forum in Frankenthal, Germany, 2010.

The 5 Team Leadership Principles for Project Success”. Presentation and workshop at the Project Management Institute Global Congress EMEA in Milan, Italy, 2010.

It Takes a Team to Realign a Project: Lessons From Rescue Missions“. Presentation at the Project Management Institute Global Congress North America in Orlando, Florida, USA, 2009.

Yes We Can:  Team-Building as a Means to Re-Align a Project“. Workshop at the Project Management Institute Global Congress EMEA in Amsterdam,Netherlands, 2009.

Realigning Project Objectives and Stakeholders’ Expectations in a Project Behind Schedule“. Presentation at the Project Management Institute Global Congress North America in Denver, Colorado, USA, 2008.

“Techniques of Project Management”. Day-long workshop as part of a graduate course on ”Techniques of IT Consulting“ of Prof. Michael Amberg, Nuremberg University, Germany, 2003.

Work Smart, Not Hard! An Approach to Time-Sensitive Project Management“. Presentation at the Project Management Institute’s Global Congress Europe, The Hague, Netherlands, 2003.

“Implementing a CRM Help Desk Solution within 15 Weeks: The OptiFrend Project at HVB Direkt, Oct 2000 – Feb 2001″. Presentation at Euroforum Conference “Helpdesk World 2001”, Cologne, Germany, 2001.

In addition, have a look at the Blog Posts below or choose the category “Keynotes” in our Blog.

Testimonials

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Annie S.: “EXCELLENT job!”

Margaret B.: “Timely and informative!”

Renee W.: “That was Fantastic!”

Abidemi A.: “Great and well delivered!”

Penchalaiah B.: “This is one of the best seminar, I recently attended

Laurie N.: “Really Great Presentation!  He is very motivating and speaks very well!”

William P.: “Thanks for a great webinar. You had my rapt attention!

Andrea R.: “FABULOUS

Carol C.: “Excellent speaker!”

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