EXCERPTS OF OUR PREVIOUS PROJECTS

Consulting

"Gender Check" at a research institute

A research institute specializing in AI and robotics wanted to increase the proportion of women in all departments from about 10% to 25% within 5 years. To identify the relevant levers on the structural, procedural and cultural levels, we conducted our "Gender Fact Check." In this process, we focused on structural and process-related information. We subsequently conducted our "Gender Culture Check," focusing on culture and leadership issues. This involved conducting numerous semi-structured interviews with representative employees from all hierarchy levels and departments. After evaluating the interviews, six key areas requiring action were identified. The evaluation also revealed numerous starting points that would lead to greater gender equality and significantly increase the proportion of women in the company.

Trainings

Gender equality building blocks

An industrial company with a significantly higher proportion of men in management positions than women wanted to raise awareness for the topic of gender equality by offering a wide range of workshops on the topic. The pilot versions of the workshops were used to introduce employees to the topic and determine the interest in and demand for the workshops within the workforce. To avoid stereotypes and increase acceptance, the workshops were open to all genders. The one-day workshops on the topics of work-life balance, assertiveness and dealing with power, which FLD designed in close consultation with the client, were very well received and therefore held several times. The workshops revealed areas requiring action and highlighted the lack of equal opportunities for men and women, which provided the company with valuable insights for further action.

Leadership training for postdocs

A university in southern Germany wanted to increase the proportion of women in research and teaching. To achieve this goal, two FLD programs were launched: a mentoring program for female doctoral students and a qualification program for postdocs.

The 18-month qualification program consisted of three leadership workshops. In addition to covering the fundamentals of modern leadership, each of the two-day workshops addressed challenges women in academia face. The workshops enabled participants to reflect on the gender role stereotypes they adopted and how they impacted their professional (leadership) behavior. Exercises and simulations were used to work through the challenges the participants faced. After a successful first round of trainings, the client commissioned another round of virtual workshops with FLD, which started in October 2020.

 

"Success Strategies for Women in Business" at a technical university

The training was offered as part of the "FiMINT" project. FiMINT is the German abbreviation for "women in mathematics, informatics, natural sciences and technology." The proportion of women in these disciplines, and even more so in management positions at research institutions and cooperations, is still relatively low. The seminar "Success Strategies for Women in Business" is aimed at female (graduate) students and doctoral candidates in the aforementioned disciplines and is designed to prepare them for the career paths that lie ahead of them.

 

"Women in Leadership" for women in middle management in the public sector

The aim of the training was to support women in developing their individual leadership styles - most of the participants already had extensive leadership experience. Other topics that were discussed: "changing identity: female leader- family woman," "working on your self-esteem" and "building functioning social networks."

 

"Success Management for Women" - a seminar has a great impact at a German bank

For several years, our training "Success Management for Women" was conducted at a bank in Frankfurt - with great success. Several participants were promoted to their desired positions in the company, which often involved increased leadership responsibilities. Others enrolled in part-time training courses, continued their education and expanded their networks. Lunches were organized for the women from the ever-growing pool of training graduates, providing a platform for collegial exchange and advice. In addition, some participants were closely supported in their career planning and personal development through FLD's coaching programs.

Coaching

Business coaching for a new executive in trading

The coachee had just started a new position in management and wanted to work on her ability to handle stressful high-pressure situations and gain clarity about her position in the management team. In five half-day sessions, strategies for acting under pressure and dealing with attacks and provocations were developed. In addition, the team dynamics and various interests of the management team were analyzed and a strategy for working with colleagues was created.

Business coaching and conceptual consulting for the head of human resources development

In this project, we supported our client, the head of HR development at a medical technology company, in adapting to her rapidly changing work environment and helped her find the best way to optimally fulfill her role in the company. In addition, our client wanted advice on the design and implementation of various HR development measures within the company, such as a new leadership development program. The challenge of this project was to separate the process-accompanying role of the coach from that of the content-related and conceptual consultant. This was to ensure clarity in the process for both the coach and the coachee.

Team coaching for two team leaders at a bank

The coachees, two colleagues, both mothers and working 60% of the regular hours, shared a part-time leadership position at the team leader level. There were numerous coaching goals. First and foremost, they wanted to build a good working relationship based on trust. This included jointly defining operational and leadership tasks and their responsibilities. They also wanted to develop a unified leadership style and voice that they could present themselves with to employees, superiors, and colleagues.

Presentation coaching for a department head in the insurance industry

A department head wanted our support preparing for a presentation for a staff meeting with over a thousand colleagues. Through our holistic coaching approach, which includes a wide variety of methods and techniques such as video feedback, and mental coaching our client was able to overcome her stage fright and deliver a confident performance.

Career coaching for a high-potential client in finance

Our client, a young woman with high potential, received a year of career coaching to support her personal development. The goal of the coaching was to make targeted use of the client's strengths which were determined in a leadership potential analysis and to work on the identifdied areas requiring action. Her unconscious behavioral and thought patterns were reflected upon and her behavioral repertoire was expanded accordingly. In addition, techniques for dealing with conflict situations were taught and successfully implemented by her. Finally, the coachee was supported in deciding which career path to pursue in the future.

 

Individual coaching - taking on the first leadership role

Our client had just taken on her first leadership role and wanted our support in dealing with the emerging challenges of her new position and develop appropriate courses of action. Some of the topics discussed were: how to structure your first team meeting, how to deal with a colleague who applied for the same position and how to get an overview of your employees' professional competencies without being too controlling. The result of the coaching was that the coachee felt empowered in her new leadership position, was able to grow into her new role and avoid pitfalls.

Mentoring

Mentoring program for women and men - online version

This project originally began as "Mentoring for Women" with the aim of encouraging more women to take on leadership positions in a large public institution. It was also intended to give mentees the opportunity to reflect on whether taking on a leadership position would be the right decision for them personally.

After several years of very successful implementation - a high percentage of participants assumed management positions in subsequent years - the program was also opened to men to provide them with the same opportunities. However, the mentees were not selected according to parity, but inversely proportional to the significantly higher proportion of men in management positions. Due to the pandemic, the implementation of the program had to be virtual. Thanks to the interactive design of the program, participants and mentors were able to connect and network despite the virtual format.

Mentoring program for women

Conception and implementation of two mentoring programs for a German bank in Frankfurt.

  1. Mentoring for women: Department heads mentor women with high-potential and aid them in their further development.
  2. Mentoring by executives: executive board members each mentor one female department manager.

Objective: gain more women for leadership positions and improve the visibility and networking of high-potential women across various corporate functions.

The program not only achieved the aforementioned goals. The accompanying communications concept raised awareness for the topic of women in leadership among all employees of the company. In addition, mentoring gained popularity as a personnel development tool. Moreover, several self-organized informal mentoring processes were established.

Potential analysis

Client in the non-profit sector

A client from the non-profit sector wanted to determine the leadership potential of two female employees and obtain an external recommendation regarding their suitability for a leadership role. For this potential analysis, we chose a multimodal approach and put together a combination of personality and motivation questionnaires, interviews and role simulations. The focus of the assessment was on the participants' ability to deal with conflict and their assertiveness, as there were some concerns on the client’s part. The outcome of the assessment was that one participant demonstrated strong leadership potential and a remarkable ability to deal with conflict. The other participant decided to withdraw her application for the position, as the requirements of the role became clearer to her during the process.

Talks

International talks

During a three-day conference under the auspices of an international development cooperation organization, the topics of equal rights and equal treatment of female lawyers on the African continent were discussed. The conference took place in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, and was attended by female lawyers from various African countries.

The approximately 40 attendees of FLD’s talk were particularly interested in the status quo of gender equality in Germany and Europe. In the talk, special attention was paid to the situation of female lawyers in Europe. In a subsequent training by FLD "Successful Self-Marketing and Professional Networking", the participants acquired new competencies in these areas.

The establishment of an Africa-wide network is intended to strengthen the influence of these women, who, despite being excellently educated and, in some cases, holding high-level positions in public institutions, still live in very patriarchally rooted structures.

The next conference to consolidate this important network on the African continent will be held soon in Ghana, and FLD will participate!

 

The client - a large trading company

The client, a large trading company, regularly holds networking events for female executives from various hierarchy levels. At one of those networking events, we gave a talk on "Mixed Leadership for more Success”. In addition to current scientific findings on the benefits of gender diversity, we addressed obstacles and barriers and presented best-practice examples for more women in leadership. Following the talk, the applicability of the presented ideas was discussed in small groups.

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