I run workshops at universities, organizations and businesses in Germany and Switzerland on a regular basis. Get in touch if you want to be notified about my next workshop or if you want to invite me to teach at your institution. I teach in English and in German, or a combination of the two.
Design Thinking is a human-centered methodology for innovation. This popular approach emphasizes deep listening, empathy, whole-brain thinking, radical collaboration, and creativity. Beyond its use for traditional product development, it has been applied to a variety of fields such as architecture, urban planning, social innovation, public governance, as well as career and workflow planning. This intense, hands-on, 2-day workshop is designed for professionals who want to learn about the theory and practice of Design Thinking. You will work through a series of Design Challenges and Group Exercises. At the end of the workshop, you will be able to apply the Design Thinking method to your work.
DESIGN YOUR CAREER
Ready to make a change in your career? About to graduate? Not sure what’s next? Feeling a little stuck or pulled in multiple directions?
This workshop teaches you how to apply design thinking principles to your life. Using the same hands-on methodology that has revolutionized how companies such as Apple and Google do business, this workshop gives you the tools to deliberately and creatively shape your personal and professional future. It empowers you to identify and articulate your strengths and interests, create individualized career opportunities, and come up with a plan of action that is uniquely tailored to your needs, talents and passions. You will develop clarity and focus regarding what matters to you. You will discover new ways of thinking about your personal and professional life that will energize you and move you forward. In addition, you will learn a dynamic and innovative method for overcoming future personal or professional obstacles.
At the end of the course, you will be able to:
Critically analyze the thought patterns and assumptions that underlie your actions
Identify your unique professional and personal assets
Clarify and articulate your authentic interests and values
Prototype and test innovative career options
Develop a concrete goal for your mid-term career as well as draw a realistic road-map to get you there
Apply the design-thinking method to creatively problem-solve in your personal and professional life.
DESIGN YOUR TIME
Are your work days busy yet unproductive? Do you struggle to make progress on your most important projects? Do you have so much on your plate that you’re having a hard time setting priorities? Want to discover how simple yet powerful changes in your daily routine, habits, and mindset can enable you to get more traction on the tasks that count?
This workshop is for professionals whose work environment demands a high level of self-direction, agility, and creativity such as project managers, knowledge-workers, entrepreneurs, and creatives. You will learn to apply principles from design, agile and entrepreneurial thinking to cultivate laser-like focus, gain more control over your day and increase your productivity. This one-day workshop blends practical insights and tools with a powerful reflection into your individual habits, beliefs, and processes.
The workshop starts by enabling you to identify your value-adding work and distinguish it from support activities. You will also uncover hidden distractions (beyond the obvious, such as social media), non-value-adding habits and dysfunctional beliefs that are deeply ingrained in your daily routine. Armed with a deep understanding of your unique process, a second series of exercises enables you to apply individual prioritization strategies, articulate SMART goals, break large tasks into manageable steps and, most importantly, learn to effectively manage your time, energy and attention within your unique work environment.
At the end of the day, you will have a deep understanding of how you work and be armed with the tools and mindset to continually optimize your productive process and be an agile problem-solver and thinker.