Content & Faculty
Throughout the programme different facets of leading high-potential teams will be explored. The lectures cover both academic and practical insights and includes peer-to-peer exchanges where participants can share their experiences in applying the course knowledge and tools to their current work teams. These highly applicated tools enable them to grow alongside their team.
Kickoff & Networking event with alumni reunion – Prof. Dr. Winfried Ruigrok, Dr. Stephanie Schoss, Claudio Feser, Dr. Patricia Widmer
Executive Campus HSG, St.Gallen
19 October 2022
09:00-17:00 CET Kickoff
17:00-21:00 CET Networking event with alumni reunion
Among others the kickoff will provide a detailed overview of the course structure, module content and participation expectations. Lecturers and participants will also introduce themselves in order to establish rapport.
An Introduction to Teams – Prof. Dr. Winfried Ruigrok
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
Introduction to Course Surveys – Prof. Dr. Winfried Ruigrok
Motivating Your Team
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.
Networking Event with alumni reunion – Keynote
This event offers participants the opportunity to get to know each other and alumni from previous courses.
Self-Paced Learning I
20-30 October 2022
During this first self-paced learning phase participants will receive access to preparatory readings, surveys and video materials.
Live online Check-in I
3 November 2022
Understanding your Survey Results - Prof. Dr. Winfried Ruigrok, Dr. Stephanie Schoss
Creating the « We » in Your Team – Dr. Stephanie Schoss
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.
Peer Coaching Themes/Topics – Claudio Feser
Self-Paced Learning II
5 November – 20 November 2022
During the second self-paced learning phase participants will receive access to deep dive materials which address deep level diversity, psychological safety, unconscious bias and conflict management.
Live online Check-in II
22 November 2022
Theme Based Group Peer Coaching – Claudio Feser
Participants will discuss current challenges in their teams and learn to manage them.
Follow-Up on Sustainable Impact
Ongoing after November
Participants will have access to best practice videos and, if they wish, to elective group coaching sessions with Prof. Dr. Winfried Ruigrok, Dr. Stephanie Schoss or Claudio Feser.
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.
Claudio Feser is a Senior Partner Emeritus and a Senior Advisor at McKinsey & Company. He joined the Firm in 1992, was elected Partner in 1998 and Senior Partner in 2004. At McKinsey, he held various leadership roles, including leading McKinsey Greece, McKinsey Switzerland and the global leadership development practice. He was also a member of the Shareholder Council, McKinsey's Board of Directors. As Senior Advisor, Claudio continues to advise selected clients and to serve as faculty on various McKinsey training programs for CEOs and senior partners.
Faculty and dates may be subject to change.