Content & Faculty
Each week, a different facet of leading high-potential teams will be explored. The lectures cover both academic and practical insights. The transfer sessions will consist of peer-to-peer exchanges, where participants can share their experiences in applying the course knowledge and tools to their current work teams. These tools, which the participants can directly apply in their actual teams, enable them to grow alongside their team.
Kick-off – Prof. Dr. Winfried Ruigrok
19 October 2021, 08:00-10:00 CET
The kick-off session will provide a detailed overview of the course structure, module content and expectations for participation. The lecturers and participants will also briefly introduce themselves in order to establish rapport.
Module 1: An Introduction to Teams – Prof. Dr. Winfried Ruigrok
26 October 2021 08:00-10:00 CET
Team-based structures are on the rise. In this session, you will learn the critical success factors of high-performance teams (HPTs) and how you can translate these into relevant metrics. You will explore the differences between physical and virtual teams and how to set objectives most effectively in both settings
Transfer Session on 28 October 2021, 16:30-18:00 CET
Module 2: Motivating Your Team – Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Jenewein
03 November 2021 08:15-10:15 CET
Delve into how you can recognize conflict within your team. You will receive tools to help you alleviate conflict, strengthen your conflict-handling skills and motivate your team.
Transfer Session on 04 November 2021, 16:30-18:00 CET
Module 3: Unconscious Bias in Teams – Prof. Dr. Gudrun Sander
09 November 2021, 08:15-10:15 CET
Further explore the - perhaps unintended - composition of your team by reflecting on any unconscious bias you might have towards team members. You will be given the tools for uncovering bias.
Transfer Session on 11 November 2021, 16:30-18:00 CET
Module 4: Psychology of Teams & Deep Level Diversity – Dr. Stephanie Schoss
16 November 2021, 08:15-10:15 CET
Learn about deep-level diversity and the concepts related to it to understand your team's psychological make-up.
Transfer Session on 18 November 2021, 16:30-17:00 CET
Module 5: Creating the « We » in Your Team – Dr. Stephanie Schoss
23 November 2021, 08:15-10:15 CET
By examining the concept of «We Consciousness», you will discover how to foster trust, alignment and a sense of community within your teams. Increasing the «We» in teams often leads to better performing teams.
Transfer Session on 25 November 2021, 16:30-17:00 CET
Module 6: Your Action Plan – Prof. Dr. Tomas Casas i Klett / Thomas Linemayr, CEO Tchibo
30 November 2021, 08:15-10:15 CET
This module will enable you to formulate concrete next steps for leading your high-performance team.
Prof. Dr. Winfried Ruigrok
Winfried Ruigrok is the Dean of the Executive School of Management, Technology & Law (ES-HSG) at the University of St.Gallen. He is also a Professor of International Management and the Director of the Research Institute for International Management (FIM-HSG) at the same university. He conducts research in international strategy, corporate governance, the role of the CEO, top management teams and boards of directors, CEO careers, CEO compensation, and research methods. His papers have been published in leading scholarly and popular outlets. He has won numerous awards and has worked as a consultant and leadership trainer with dozens of multinational corporations.
Dr. Stephanie Schoss
Stephanie Schoss is a Director at the HSG Executive School of the University of St. Gallen and a Director of the Competence Center for Top Team Research at the HSG Institute of International Management. Stephanie studied Business Administration at the Universities of St.Gallen, Harvard and the Singapore Management University. Her research focuses on team personality, leadership and the effects of conflicts, empathy, and “we-consciousness” in (virtual) teams. Before joining the university, Stephanie made her career as an active entrepreneur in various industries and as a passionate pilot (private and commercial). She still serves as Chairwoman of her own business psychology company and as a founding partner of C Talks, a Peer-Community for the most senior European Top Managers. Stephanie was recognised as manager of the year in 2013 by Generation CEO.
Prof. Dr. Gudrun Sander
Gudrun Sander is the Academic Director for Diversity and Management Programmes at the Executive School of Management, Technology and Law (ES-HSG) at the University of St.Gallen. She is also Adjunct Professor of Business Administration with a special emphasis on diversity management at the University of St.Gallen and Director of the Competence Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (www.ccdi-unisg.ch). Her research focuses on inclusive leadership, D&I as strategy, diversity benchmarking, and change management in organizations. She and her teams support Swiss and international companies, NPOs and public administrations on their D&I journeys. Gudrun is also a member of the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) Working Group on Gender Equality and a well-known author on these topics.
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Jenewein
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Jenewein is Director at the Institute for Customer Insight at the University of St.Gallen (ICI-HSG). In research and teaching, he focuses on the topic of leadership in business and sports. He has received numerous awards for his lectures – for example, 2016 as part of the “Credit Suisse Best Teaching Award” at the University of St. Gallen. Wolfgang Jenewein advises and coaches major international corporations at board level and has worked together with the German national football team, the Alinghi sailing team and various clubs in the German football league and a Swiss Super League club.
Prof. Dr. Tomas Casas i Klett
Tomas Casas i Klett is Assistant Professor at the University of St. Gallen’s Research Institute for International Management (FIM-HSG), Director of the China Competence Center (CCC) and Director of the Competence Center of Top Teams (CCTT). He is visiting professor and member of the Academic Council and advisor to the Dean at the Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO and visiting Professor at Shanghai’s Jiaotong University (Antai) and Fudan University (FDSM). His research interests include free-trade agreements (FTAs), entrepreneurship and digitalization, top performance teams, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), behavioural economics, narrative economics, cross-cultural management and Asia innovation models.
Faculty may be subject to change.