Metaplan Career

Complexity Requires Competence

Qualifications for entrepreneurs, executives, and consultants

Organizations are complex systems. Shaping them effectively demands attention to numerous interrelated factors, such as structures, power, and divergent interests. We show you how to grasp organizations as social systems and direct them using powerful and effective interaction techniques. The only way to ensure that concepts and new solutions actually take hold is to understand your organization’s distinctive and essential core.

Metaplan has been applying this principle to organizational consulting for more than 40 years, as part of a constant dialogue between academic research and hands-on work in the field. Our programs pass this knowledge and experience on to you so that you – and your organization – can make headway.

Programs

An overview of our programs

Our programs help our clients gain a deep understanding of organizations and interactions, and they provide the proven tools you need to execute your plans. You and your organization profit from the direct, hands-on transfer of our methods – through the exercises we conduct, an analysis of the challenges you face, and the concrete application of these methods in your organization.

Qualification program
International Strategy Development
Leading and consulting through discourse
Advanced strategy work that opens your eyes
in terms of your own organization

The seminar addresses executives, entrepreneurs, and consultants who want to improve their performance in highly complex environments: you will learn a comprehensive, structured method of directing strategies into new channels and shaping them through discourse. We provide a central skill set that will equip you to develop, communicate, and implement strategies and advise organizations effectively. The key is to understand organizations from a perspective that keeps both in view: the formal structures and the informal, micropolitical aspects. Our approach involves analyzing commonly used managerial strategy tools and expanding their range of applicability based on a discursive perspective.

You will have the opportunity to present a business case of your own during the seminar. In cooperation with Metaplan consultants and the other participants, you will analyze the underlying issues. This includes considerations of the market situation, the organizational background, a stakeholder analysis, the development process, the implementation structure, and a road map for moving ahead.

Next seminar
May 17–19, 2017 (Wed–Fri)
Location:
Paris, exclusive and attractive conference venue
Duration | Price
3 days | EUR 3,500 + VAT

(includes registration, course materials, evening program, and meals)

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For further information, please contact
Christoph Nahrholdt (Germany)
Phone  +49-4106-6170
E-mail  christophnahrholdt@metaplan.com

Christine Krys (France)
Phone  +33 6 86 17 64 92
E-mail  christinekrys@metaplan.com

Alanna Kaplan Muñoz (U.S.)
Phone  +1 609 688 9171
E-mail  alannakaplan-munoz@metaplan.com

Also available as in-house seminar

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Participants’ voices

Elizabeth Kan
Director of Marketing Development,
Strategic Projects MOËT HENNESSY, LMVH Group,
Paris, France

A substantial opportunity to ensure a holistic solution

This was a substantial opportunity to learn how to develop and activate strategies in a different way, particularly:

  • taking into account positions and intentions of stakeholders for the understanding of problems
  • changing from a linear to an iterative approach
  • involving stakeholders during the entire process to gain their buy-in and support
  • revisiting the use of the classic tools, however adding the discursive approach

Overall it is the opportunity to realize the number of different realities which can exist in parallel and which need to be taken into account to ensure a holistic solution.

Clement Woon
CEO, SAURER AG
Wattwil, Switzerland

An effective methodology to develop and implement strategies

The metaplan strategy methodology is effective to develop strategy, with your team, that will be implemented. Engaging the team right from the start on "what could be" and "what should be", helps to build meaningful contribution and alignment. The discursive way to use well known strategy tools e.g. the Balanced Scorecard is by itself educational bringing a new perspective.

Karis North
Litigator - Vermont Law School
Board of Trustees
Murphy Hesse Toomey & Lehane
Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Eye-opening and fascinating

The course was eye-opening and fascinating, and completely different than any seminar I've attended in the U.S. Everyone was actively involved and the exercises were the key to bringing theory and ideas together with the practice of strategy development. Focusing on practical questions, using actual case studies of the participants, brought the discussion of theory to life. The Metaplan team itself was stellar. Each instructor was accomplished and experienced.

Ben Ang
Business Development Manager,
Matthew James International,
Singapore

Working through real life cases made every step relevant for my own strategy work

This was an intensive and highly dynamic seminar with a very diverse global group of participants, in which the different views on strategy became a huge strength, as we had so many perspectives and approaches to share, and could really learn from each other. The excellent facilitators made it possible to really build on discussion points, and the seminar was well-paced throughout the days. Working through real life cases made every step of the strategy development process relevant for my own strategy work. The venue was wonderful, and the quiet and green surroundings allowed private and insightful discussions on strategy. The trip to Paris and learning more about the real challenges executives are facing in strategy development was also an absolute highlight.

Andy Niemann
Director Business Communication at
Sennheiser Electronic GmbH & Co. KG

An enjoyable departure from PowerPoint.

In contrast to the widespread approach in strategy development – namely, to collect data, analyze it, reach a decision, and then take action – I found it more than enlightening to focus on the actual ideas and then to elaborate them with relevant stakeholders. In this case, it is helpful to deal with the players’ local rationalities beforehand, thus concentrating on what is really doable or can actually be implemented. In my eyes, this is the right approach – not just in terms of strategy work, but in my everyday executive affairs. The total departure from PowerPoint as a tool for conveying information was also refreshing. It helped to initiate a (constructive) discussion and exchange of ideas among the group, even within the first hour of the seminar. These were intense, instructive, and perfectly organized days, spent with very interesting people.

Gunilla Ohls
Director Corporate Strategy,
YLE Public Broadcasting,
Helsinki, Finland

Methods and discussions on a very high level.

The Metaplan seminar was a crash course in strategy and organizational theory and practice. The discursive approach, the teaching methods, and the group discussions were on an extremely high level. I received a lot of help with my case, which alone was worth investing the time. The material that we were given afterwards has also been useful. The Metaplan seminar was one of the best that I have attended in my whole career – compact and focused.

Organizational Leadership Program
Achieve optimal development of your organization
through optimal development of your executives.

Our company-specific program focuses on dovetailing management and organizational development. We identify what your organization needs to perform better; train your executives to address those needs; and support them as they implement their tasks.

We tailor the emphasis of the program to align precisely with your wishes and the concrete challenges you face. Since we address your organization’s existing tasks, your managers can immediately apply what they learn to their work environment, and are involved in a profound learning process.

For example, we focus in on the special characteristics of your organization, primarily with respect to internal micro-politics. Understanding micro-politics and learning to deal with them enables executives to structure their projects effectively. Other potential topics we consider include discussion practices as well as planning market development and strategic customer relations.

Another benefit of the program: it molds individual executives into an executive team. It fosters trust among your employees, who learn to support one another in their various leadership tasks – now and going forward.

As a result, developing your executives does not reduce the precious time available for your business operations. Instead, it becomes an ongoing driver for your organization. Your executives gain confidence in their ability to successfully structure and design management initiatives.

Our Organizational Leadership Program supports you and
your executives with key developments in your organization.

What challenge
does your
organization
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What skills
do your executives
executives require
to master this
challenge?
How can the
program contribute
to your organization’s
tasks and
projects
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The results

Report of experiences in „Pharma“

How we helped a pharmaceutical company to anchor a new management philosophy in its organization

Report of experiences in „Services“

How we enabled a communication service provider’s upper managament to establish a new account management

Contact Person:
Christoph Nahrholdt
P +49 (4106) 617-0
E christophnahrholdt@metaplan.com

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What our clients are saying about the „Organizational Leadership Program”

The project leaders were appreciably better prepared for the challenges they faced than during previous change projects. Their output was concrete and could be put to use immediately.
(Entrepreneur)

For us, it was important to invest in an implementation-oriented program. Many times, executives only acquire knowledge - which remains unused in their own companies because it isn’t put into practice.
(General manager)

We don’t rely on individual executives; we invest in the shared know-how of an entire team. By doing that, and by immediately putting the knowledge into practice, we strengthen executives’ motivation and their ability to shape our company.
(Dir., Human Resources Development)


Overview
Leading through Interaction:
Effective moderation and discourse leadership

Effective change and solutions do not happen by chance. In general, they develop out of discussions, working groups, or workshops – assuming these are well led. Our interaction techniques support you by ensuring discussions are well structured. If need be, they push you in the right direction and make it possible to achieve tangible results.

 

Moderation skills are a minimum requirement for executives, team leaders, and consultants. But precisely these groups are often unfamiliar with the necessary techniques. Equally underestimated is the benefit of good moderation when generating new perspectives and ideas. Our interaction training programs introduce you to our philosophy and the use of our Moderation tools. Our Workshop Design program shows you how to take the perspectives of the various stakeholders into account, bear in mind organizational context, and conduct goal-oriented workshops. Finally, in the Discourse Leadership program, we train you to become an expert who can open up new fields of thought and action, and create a shared understanding among all the participants. Incidentally, our techniques also help you in situations where your authority to issue instructions no longer applies, as our Lateral Leadership training program proves.

 

We combine theoretical content with numerous exercises – if requested, with examples drawn from your own working environment. At the end of the program, we provide background reading and course documentation, and issue a certificate. What’s more, we are available after the program as sparring partners, for example, when you are planning your next workshop.

 

To conclude, our training programs reflect the range of methods that Metaplan consultants use in their assignments every day. For an introduction to our professional methods, attend our “Moderation” seminar. Subsequently, you can deepen your knowledge in the “Workshop Design” and “Discourse Leadership” programs. If you already have a basic understanding of these skills, we recommend our Compact Training.

With the exception of the fundamental Moderation training and the Dramaturgy Sparring, all other open courses are only available in German, bookable via our German website. As inhouse trainings, they are also available in English, French and German.

Our Training Programs

The results

Be sure to register for one of our upcoming workshops:
November 14–15, 2017
Munich (German)
in 50 days
December 05–06, 2017
Quickborn (English)
in 71 days
December 06–07, 2017
Paris (English)
in 72 days
January 16–17, 2018
Quickborn (German)
in 113 days
April 24–25, 2018
Dusseldorf (German)
in 211 days
June 05–06, 2018
Zurich (German)
in 253 days
September 04–05, 2018
Quickborn (German)
in 344 days
November 13–14, 2018
Munich (German)
in 414 days
December 04–05, 2018
Quickborn (English)
in 435 days
March 20–21, 2018
Quickborn (German)
in 176 days
June 19–20, 2018
Quickborn (German)
in 267 days
October 10–11, 2017
Quickborn (German)
in 15 days
May 29–30, 2018
Quickborn (German)
in 246 days
September 25–26, 2018
Quickborn (German)
in 365 days
September 26–27, 2017
Frankfurt (German)
in 1 days
February 20–21, 2018
Quickborn (German)
in 148 days
November 27–28, 2018
Frankfurt (German)
in 428 days

GOOD TO KNOW

If you attend at least one additional training seminar within a 12-month period, you will receive a 15% discount on all subsequent seminars during that period. We will also extend a 15% discount to colleagues from your organization who attend a Metaplan training seminar during the same 12-month period. When registering, please mention that you would like to take advantage of this offer.

Contact Person:
Marion Ziegler
P +49 (4106) 617-184
E MarionZiegler@metaplan.com

Also available as in-house training

IN-HOUSE TRAINING INQUIRY


Contact

Interact with us!

Our maxim is practical relevance. That explains why, at Metaplan, you are not instructed by trainers but by consultants who lead interaction in complex consulting projects every day. This way, you benefit from our years of experience. To discover exactly what that entails, read our profiles. Of course, we would be delighted to get to know you personally as well. It would be a pleasure to tell you more about our programs face-to-face.

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Consultants

Dr. Sebastian
Barnutz

Anna
von Bismarck

Michel
Borcier

Dr. Željko
Branović

Paul
Gao

Antje
Gardyan

Isabell
Hager

Ken
Han

Dr. Frank
Ibold

Matthew
James

Betty
Kan-Sekine

Jens
Kapitzky

Carmen Lopera
Kovermann

Christine
Krys

Prof. Dr. Stefan
Kühl

Dr. Claudia
Langen

Donus
Loh

Yvonne
Low

Dr. Kai
Matthiesen

Hansjörg
Mauch

Ning See
Meng

Johanna
Meschede

Dr. Stephanie
Michel

Alanna Kaplan
Muñoz

Judith
Muster

Christoph
Nahrholdt

Yardane
Niessink

Margarete
Nuber

Tanja
Passow

Dr. René
Pfammatter

Nils
Rickert

Gernot
Riechmann

Cordula
Rieger

Alissa
Schneidmesser

Dr. Thomas
Schnelle

Helen
Taylor

Claire
Terrington

Franz-Josef
Tillmann

Dr. Bennet
van Well

Ines
Vogel

Mikaela
Walker

Axel
Wellbrock

Kin Ho
Wong

Office / Project Assistance

Ingrid
Ancelin

Stephanie
Bredick

Florian
Ehrhardt

Monika
Feddersen

Heidi
Frank

Carsten
Heidorn

Sonja
Holtmann

platzhalter
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Evelin
Kühl

Maggie
Ma

Charlotte
Rosendahl

Candida
St. John

Patricia
Strenge

Catherine
Vaultier

Marion
Ziegler

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Consultants

Dr. Sebastian
Barnutz

Anna
von Bismarck

Dr. Željko
Branović

Antje
Gardyan

Isabell
Hager

Dr. Frank
Ibold

Jens
Kapitzky

Carmen Lopera
Kovermann

Prof. Dr. Stefan
Kühl

Dr. Claudia
Langen

Dr. Kai
Matthiesen

Hansjörg
Mauch

Johanna
Meschede

Judith
Muster

Christoph
Nahrholdt

Gernot
Riechmann

Dr. Thomas
Schnelle

Helen
Taylor

Dr. Bennet
van Well

Ines
Vogel

Office / Project Assistance

Stephanie
Bredick

Florian
Ehrhardt

Monika
Feddersen

Carsten
Heidorn

Sonja
Holtmann

platzhalter
platzhalter2

Evelin
Kühl

Charlotte
Rosendahl

Patricia
Strenge

Marion
Ziegler

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Consultants

Dr. Stephanie
Michel

Alanna Kaplan
Muñoz

Yardane
Niessink

Alissa
Schneidmesser

Franz-Josef
Tillmann

Mikaela
Walker

Office / Project Assistance

Heidi
Frank

Candida
St. John

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Consultants

Michel
Borcier

Christine
Krys

Claire
Terrington

Office / Project Assistance

Ingrid
Ancelin

Catherine
Vaultier

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Consultants

Dr. Kai
Matthiesen

Margarete
Nuber

Tanja
Passow

Dr. René
Pfammatter

Nils
Rickert

Cordula
Rieger

Office / Project Assistance

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Consultants

Matthew
James

Betty
Kan-Sekine

Donus
Loh

Yvonne
Low

Ning See
Meng

Gernot
Riechmann

Axel
Wellbrock

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Consultants

Paul
Gao

Ken
Han

Ning See
Meng

Kin Ho
Wong

Office / Projektassistenz

Maggie
Ma

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