Leadership Day

World-class event to connect leaders with forward thinkers.

A moment’s insight is sometimes worth a life’s experience.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

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    Early Bird Participation Fee: CHF 880 per person. Registration is now open and will be available until March 15.
    Participation Fee Individual: CHF 980 per person
    Participation Fee Team: CHF 880 per person

    Sign up with groups of 3 and more from your organization to get CHF 100 off the regular registration rate.

    Award-winning speakers and world-class Harvard Business School faculty

    Christian Gansch

    The three-time Grammy award winner is a globally and highly-respected conductor, producer and leadership consultant. With two distinct perspectives on the world of music, as a musician and manager, he has created a unique approach, which leverages the similarities between orchestras and companies.

    In his interactive session, he will demonstrate what companies can learn from the complex structures and processes in orchestras.

    Orchestras, which have high potential for human conflict, leadership and communication challenges, are perfect examples for how to bring highly-skilled specialists and instruments together to form one harmonious and high-performing unit.

    Thomas J. DeLong

    Recognized as a top global expert and a forward-thinker on leadership, Tom DeLong has received numerous executive teaching awards. His most recent book “Flying without a Net” was recognized by Amazon Publishing as one of the top-10 books on leadership this century.

    He will lead two sessions which will be packed with practical advice and inspiring stories.

    In his first session, Professor DeLong will explore the opportunities and missteps inherent in confronting misalignment in the modern organization.

    He will explore the many levels of alignment based on real-life cases. The session will also cover how organizations evolve into entities that don’t serve clients or the talent within those organizations. Particular focus on the pandemic and talent unrest will be covered.

    In the second session he will guide the participants through a reflective exercise focusing on the following question:
    If your life goes according to plan, what will you have missed? How might leaders confront how they lead and how others experience them? Are they as authentic and true to their word as they seem? In what ways are they living in an organizational environment that is foreign to others?

    Start Alliance Flight Captains

    A team of flight captains – exclusively examiners on behalf of the civil aviation authorities – will lead a session where participants will act as professional pilots from the perspective of a flight deck.

    Using striking examples from commercial aviation, not all widely known by the public, the session will provide tangible advice for one’s own leadership behaviour.
    The cockpit perspective allows a reframing of participant’s leadership style without being dogmatic and will help to translate core principles of a high-performing team in a cockpit to the business environment.

    Riki Stadeler

    Over the last two years, nearly every company has had to examine how to best manage their daily operations. With large numbers of employees working remotely, leaders had to establish new ways of working, build technical infrastructures and keeping teams motivated while ensuring high levels of productivity. These are just a few of the factors leaders had to adapt to and learn quickly.

    How will the new hybrid working model look like? How deeply have new ways of managing organizations impacted us? How are we are going to operate when we return to the office? What will change and what will be restored?

    Riki Stadeler, Director at Google for global clients, will share her perspective on how one of the biggest global tech companies is looking at the future of work. She will also offer her perspective on how to best lead teams in a hybrid corporate world.

    Ashish Nanda

    Professor Ashish Nanda is an internationally renowned and top-rated speaker in Fortune 100 corporate programs and leading global business schools.

    His teaching has always been ahead of his time. Over the course of his career, he has published more than 120 case studies and is a sought-after advisor for companies across a wide range of industries.

    In his two sessions, he will first highlight the challenges of managing and leading in 2022. What will unfold is a deeper understanding of how organizations and the individuals within have unique and pressing problems that may need to be confronted in different ways.

    Then Professor Nanda will share insights from latest psychology research that address the important question: what are the motivational drivers that lead individuals to excel?
    Based on exciting case studies he will share with participants how these motivational drivers interact, and how they have evolved, as circumstances have changed.

    Jerh Collins

    Novartis is in the midst of one of the most amazing cultural transformations in the corporate world.

    Chief Culture Officer Jerh Collins is the architect and lead behind the cultural change. His strong belief that industrial era approaches to leadership are outdated is leading to an unbossed and highly innovative culture.
    Learn about the initial challenges, roadblocks and successes and understand why the final chapter hasn’t been written yet.


    9:00Welcome and Introduction
    9:15 – 10:30Christian Gansch
    Conductor, three-time Grammy Award Winner
    From Solo to Symphony
    10:30 – 11:00Coffee Break
    11:00 – 12:15Prof. Tom DeLong
    Harvard Business School
    Are you the leader you are meant to be
    12:15 – 12:45Jerh Collins
    Chief Culture Officer, Novartis
    Unleash the power of your people. Unbossed leadership at Novartis
    12:45 – 13:30Lunch Break
    13:30 – 14:45Prof. Ashish Nanda
    Harvard Business School
    What leads individuals to superior performance
    14:45 – 15:30Riki Stadeler
    Global Director Google
    Lead effectively in the new hybrid corporate world
    15:30 – 16:00Coffee Break
    16:00 – 17:15Star Alliance Chief PilotsLeadership Lessons from the Cockpit
    17:15 – 17:30Closing Remarks
    17:30 – 18:00Campus Tour (for interested participants)A visit of the world’s most exciting office buildings

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