(Remote-) Leadership Program

The Leadership Program in short

  • In-house education for managers in large companies
  • in German and English
  • for 2 to 12 months and
    groups of max. 12 participants

  • workshops in regular intervals
  • with individual coaching sessions
  • and blended learning approach

  • we live digital, agile and the VUCA world is our everyday life,
  • we have academic, start-up and corporate backgrounds,
  • we wear sneakers and love our work

What is the Leadership Program and why should you participate?

The only constant regarding current and future challenges faced by managers is change. Globalization and technological advances have increased knowledge and intensified product cycles, resulting in completely new business models and products. New competitors are emerging and the base of former global players is eroding. In addition, individual customer needs are becoming increasingly important. The war for talents is in full swing, corporate cultures are democratizing themselves and the demands of their own teams are growing. Emails, apps and gadgets have found their way into our daily lives and many of us lose focus more easily. Our world is rapidly warming up, and as a response to legal and social pressures, businesses need to develop innovative and cost-effective ways to limit their adverse effects on climate change.


The servant leader, who is able to lead either authoritarian or cooperative / coaching depending on the situation, is in our opinion the answer to future challenges. The Leadership Program provides your managers with all the knowledge and methods that a modern leader needs for the new world of work (VUCA World). We introduce the new work tools of startups and link those with the processes established in your organization. Furthermore we prepare for a mindset which supports the corporate sustainability strategy.


Over a period of up to 12 months, your managers and leaders will begin to reflect more and welcome the continuous change. Your teams will practice the meaningful use of digital media. They will live your corporate vision and values. They will lead self-directed teams with visible results in a healthy and experimental culture. They keep mother nature in mind with their holistic approach.

Within a year at our Leadership Program…

  • you will become a reflecting leader with strong self-management
  • you will become more flexible and inspired
  • you will build more productive and harmonious teams
  • you will receive a proven toolset with methods and guidelines for management
  • you will maintain new guidelines for your cooperation
  • you will be able to apply a higher degree of creativity in your solutions and decision-making
  • your presentations and communication will be more precise and inspiring
  • you will higher your retention rate

What is the content?

Digital & Servant Leadership Skills

Servant digital leader basics
Servant Leadership Basics

Manager / Leader
What are the differences?

Leader requirements
What skills and characteristics are needed?

Where do I stand as a leader? Where am I going?

Outcomes instead of goals
How can I set motivating goals?

Profiling with NLP meta programs
What kind of guy am I? What kind of guys are my colleagues?

Leadership Communication

Conscious communication for managers
How can I communicate harmoniously and effectively with my colleagues?

Five-Finger-Pointer question technique
How do I ask the right, useful questions?

Feedback methods
How do I give my counterpart adequate feedback and how do I accept it?

Meeting procedures PEGASUS
How can I shorten meeting times while making meetings more productive?

Value work

Organizational values and significance
What values does my company represent and what do they mean for my team?

Value work according to Stefan Merath
What are my own values and how do I lead by them?

(Limited) beliefs around leadership
What kind of beliefs limit me and which ones strengthen me?

Self-management, emotional state and mindfulness

Meditation for Digital Leaders

Tidy up
What keeps me from productive work and how do I clean up?

Time and self-management tools
How can I organize myself and my team more productively?

What is my balance and how do I get to it?

Which techniques are the best ways to motivate myself and my team?

Emotional state techniques

Rapport & Sensory acuity
How can I sharpen my own senses and behaviour in order to make the interpersonal working relationship with my counterpart as productive as possible?

Flexibility techniques
How can I increase my flexibility for my own personal development and for my team?

State changes
How can I reflect and control my own emotional state more consciously?

Relaxation techniques

Nutrition, sleep, sports and sex
What should I pay attention to in my daily life in order to be generally relaxed?

Emails, apps und availibility
How do I maintain a healthy handling of digital media in the age of constant accessibility.

Autogenic training, meditation and mindfulness
What active relaxation techniques are available for everyday life and how do I use them appropriately?

Coaching techniques and team building

Coaching for Digital Leaders
Coaching 101

Employee appraisals
How do I conduct inspiring appraisal interviews?

Questioning techniques
How do I improve my question style to lead my colleagues to their own answers?

High Performance Coaching
How can I help my colleagues achieve even better performance?

Agile Team building

Job interviews
What do I have to pay attention to in order to find the right team mates when selecting applicants?

At eye level
How do I strike a balance between discipline and friendship?

Agile, digital, remote, intercultural
What does it mean to lead a modern team and what kind of skills should I acquire?

Team and collaboration tools

Slack, Jira and co.
Which tools make sense for which occasion?

Offline and online communication tools
How do we use the right channels depending on urgency and importance?

Why does my department need its own tools and how do I provide interfaces?

Coding, tech trends and business models

Coding for Digital Leaders
Coding for leaders

Programming languages
What are the basic classifications?

Logic thinking
How do programmers tick?

How do I manage the transfer between processes and their digital mapping?

Technology trends
What do topics such as robotics, virtualization, big data, social collaboration, IoT, VR, blockchain and AI mean for our future?
What is meant by cloud, mobile and databases?
Create interest
How do I keep myself and my team up to date?
New business models
At a glance
What are new business and pricing models?
Platform economy
How do marketplaces change our lives?
Client feedback
How do I develop new products and business models with my customers?

Sustainability, profitability & leadership

digital leader sustainability

Key Concepts
What are the origins of sustainability, what are the key terms and who are the key players?

Externality economics 101
Who pays for the cost of unintended ecological impacts? (No, not future generations)

Environmental sustainability in focus
Why everything we do has to have an impact? What can the individual do, what can companies do? How do I see the BIG picture?

Hot spots
What are some less known or unforeseen consequences of activities and services we take for granted? What is the true cost of food, travel, e-mobility?


Ecological footprint
How do I measure the ecological footprint of my lifestyle or the activities of my company? How many planet Earths would we need if everyone lived like I do?

Carbon footprint
How does the carbon footprint of my workplace measure up to peers and competitors? Are there customers out there who care about this?

Water footprint
How much water is consumed on per unit (product/service/EUR) basis by my company? What does supply chain have to do with this?

Global Calculator
How can we change our ways to achieve the desired 2 degree C warming scenario? What options do we have as consumers and producers? What are the implications if we cannot achieve that goal?

Intro to LCA and Sustainability reporting
What is the real environmental impact of a product over its entire life cycle? It I improve it, what is the benefit to my company? Where do I start if I want to report on my company’s sustainability performance?


Corporate sustainability
How do you define sustainability in your business?

Supply chain management
What is the impact of upstream/downstream supply chain on the sustainability performance of your company? How do you assess, evaluate and manage it?

Leadership and sustainability
How do you walk the talk? How do you design challenging yet realistic sustainability goals and strategies for your business?

Sustainability and profitability
Where is the market? Is there willingness to pay for more sustainable products and services?

Design Thinking and Creativity Techniques

Creativity for Digital Leaders
Creativity techniques

My own creativity
How do I get more creative?

Creative teams
How do I create more creative results in a team?

What limitations are holding me and my team back in our creative processes?

Design Thinking

What is Design Thinking about?

How can I use the method profitably for my teams?

On the basis of concrete examples you get to know and apply the Design Thinking method for yourself

New Work environments

Trust working time and work-life balance
How do I deal with my own and my team’s working hours?

Remote Work
What do I have to pay particular attention to with remote teams?

New Work Environments
What do new working environments look like and how do they affect our energy?

Presentation and sales techniques

Presentation for Digital Leaders
Presentation Skills

Presentation objectives
What do I want to achieve and what does my target group need?

Contents and structure
How do I build up my presentation exciting and inspiring?

How can I use my voice, facial expressions and gestures more consciously and appear more charismatic?

Video recordings
Let us record you and learn even more about your effect

Visions and Storytelling

How can I „sell“ our vision and mission to my colleagues more inspiring?

How can I use metaphors and stories to present better and appear more convincing?

Tips and tricks
Which simple methods make my presentations more interactive and interesting?

Basics of Sales

How does selling work and what does it bring me as an executive?

Treatment of objections
How can I treat objections preventively and how do I deal with pretexts?

Elevator pitches & smalltalk
How do I introduce myself in an interesting way and how do I improve my networking?

How do I get to my contact person quickly and reach my goals on the phone?

How do we work together?

You will be accompanied by us during the integration of our program into your daily business and your organizational development. We support you with the actual/target needs analysis (also with online surveys), the communication and the organization of your Leadership Program. Together we will find the right workshop components for your leaders and work with you in either half or full days. We use your existing digital tools or find the appropriate technical support for your individual, sustainable progress.

The basis of our approach is to bring your leaders into an ongoing process of reflection and to support them in their personal development.
We work together and interactively on examples from your everyday life in our workshops. Depending on requirements, there are seminar and training sessions (with role-plays and many exercises). We also support you in the formation of peer groups, give you book and web recommendations, help you with the selection of e-learnings or webinars and support you with individual coaching (also as mentors). In its annual programme, the group develops competencies on the basis of its own project. We round off the workshops with practices from improv theatre.
Depending on the situation, we work in your premises or outside. Our creativity and design thinking workshops usually take place in Berlin at the Factory. Here you get an insight into lived „new work“. If you want to give your Leaders a special treat: We winter on the Canary Islands and train you in meditation, do yoga and deepen coaching techniques.

A selection of our reference customers

Why Startup Workshops?

  • Startup Workshops has developed and continuously optimized all concepts based on the needs of its customers.
  • Our trainers and coaches live „New Work“. Agile and digital are not buzzwords for us, but everyday life for years.
  • We work independently and stay up to date with different customers.
  • We are young, love our work and have some stories to tell. We work with academics, small and large start-ups and modern corporates.
  • We are used to combining techies with business people and working in intercultural and intergenerational teams.
  • We enjoy putting together leaders and teams that work together in harmony and want to get more out of their potential.

Andre Ottlik

Leadership trainer

Zsolt Gemesi

Expert for Climate Change

Patrick Hypscher

Coding for leaders

Patrick Hypscher Digital Leader

Kristina Klessmann

Agile Team coach

Michael Geerdts


Domenico Dobrovolskis

Project Coordinator

Domenico Digital Leader Academy

Sebastian Blinn

Design Thinker

What have previous workshop participants said?

Thoren Meier
Thoren Meier
08:31 29 Apr 20
We have been a customer of start-up workshops for years and... have our colleagues trained in various areas such as management, team building, individual coaching, etc. We have been very satisfied since the beginning of our cooperation and thank you for the professional support.We are pleased that the collaboration in remote mode is also possible in the usual quality. Thanks betsen. T. Meiermehr
Marcel Barten
Marcel Barten
19:18 14 Mar 20
I had a great workshop with Andre last year. Thank you very... much!! I have and I will benefit from it for many more months.mehr
Adriano Bezerra-Delaunay
Adriano Bezerra-Delaunay
09:29 11 Mar 20
Sehr tolle und emphatische Trainer! Konnten uns in einer... kritischen Phase unseres Ventures echt helfen. Danke!mehr
Valentin Seehausen
Valentin Seehausen
13:05 09 Mar 20
The self-management workshops were really great support. My... self-organization and time-management skills improved immensely.And the trainer and the workshop design were very cool, too. Fresh, hands-on, up2date and fun. Thanks.mehr
André Drochner
André Drochner
08:39 09 Mar 20
Very seasoned and creative team. Had a great training and... could apply my learnings right away. Keep up the good work.mehr
Dennis Niederrainer
Dennis Niederrainer
10:57 08 Mar 20
Mascha Andexer
Mascha Andexer
10:08 08 Mar 20
We had a very good experience with the team from Startup... Workshops. Great leadership coachings and sales training so far. Looking forward for more this year. Thank you!mehr
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