Lea­dership work­shop

This wee­kend my col­league Yan­nik and I had the op­por­tu­ni­ty to par­ti­ci­pa­te at a 1.5 day lea­dership work­shop in the Schloss­ho­tel Beug­gen as part of the Cirl­ce of Ex­cel­lence at the DHBW Lör­rach.

We ar­ri­ved on Fri­day af­ter­noon and were wel­co­med kind­ly by two pro­fes­sors of the uni­ver­si­ty who led the work­shop. Al­tog­e­ther we were about 20 par­ti­ci­pants from the Fa­cul­ty of Eco­no­mics and Tech­no­lo­gy.

Af­ter a short in­tro­duc­tion to the pro­gram of the work­shop, we star­ted with our first task, a pre­sen­ta­ti­on of the ba­sics of lea­dership that had been worked out in ad­van­ce.

The work­shop was main­ly made up of va­rious role plays in which all par­ti­ci­pants were gi­ven the op­por­tu­ni­ty to put them­sel­ves in the role of a lea­der. Here we were chal­len­ged to test our be­ha­viour in va­rious si­tua­ti­ons that were un­fa­mi­li­ar to us, such as a cri­tique or tar­get agree­ment mee­ting with em­ployees who were not in­sight­ful.

Be­fo­re the in­ter­views, we dis­cus­sed in groups how the lea­der and em­ployee should hand­le the in­ter­view ba­sed on a case de­scrip­ti­on.

At the end of each si­tua­ti­on, we gave each other feed­back on how we be­ha­ved in the role we play­ed. Our in­st­ruc­tors were also able to give us many hel­pful tips from their lea­dership ex­pe­ri­ence.

On the evening of the first day, we che­cked in to our rooms and en­joy­ed a de­li­cious din­ner in the cast­le. Af­ter that we sat tog­e­ther in a re­la­xed at­mo­s­phe­re and let the day end.

On the se­cond day we play­ed a more com­plex role-play in which we si­mu­la­ted an or­ga­ni­za­ti­on. The­re was a main de­part­ment di­rec­tor, to whom three other de­part­ment di­rec­tors with several em­ployees were sub­or­di­na­ted. In the or­ga­ni­za­ti­on, the­re were first the dai­ly tasks that the de­part­ments had to do. In ad­di­ti­on, the­re were al­ways unusu­al in­ci­dents such as em­ployees being threa­tened with lay­offs and per­so­nal pro­blems bet­ween em­ployees and their su­pe­ri­ors. The game was a lot of fun for all of us and our mu­tu­al feed­back en­ab­led us all to learn so­me­thing from the si­tua­ti­ons.

We then re­cor­ded all our fin­dings in the in­di­vi­du­al lea­dership pro­fi­le so that we could con­ti­nue to be­ne­fit from this very suc­cess­ful work­shop in the fu­ture.

On Sa­tur­day evening the work­shop was fi­nal­ly over and we star­ted our jour­ney home.

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