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Forward 2022 In-person Program

Make sure to buy the separate In-person Workshop ticket to be able to join on this day.
All times shown are in CET (UTC +1)

08:30 – 09:00

Registration & Welcome Coffee

09:00 – 13:00

Humanity and Wholeness For High Performance

People today are facing a tremendous amount of overwhelm and FUD instead of fun. The FUD factor is the Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt
that is draining people’s energy and causing a tremendous strain on mental health, emotional availability and overall capacity.
Never in our time has mental health, happiness and emotional wholeness been more important or as severely threatened.
In Jan 2020 the World Economic Forum reported that the leading contributor to disease had become anxiety, depression and fractured
mental health, leading to a significant rise in stress-related illnesses. And that was before covid19 hit us. During this session we will unfold key concepts, explore core strategies and experience tools/practices that lead to the development of high-performing individuals and the cultivation of high-performing teams.

Sunny Grosso

Culture Chief @ Delivering Happiness

Finding Happiness in Hybrid Work

What does it take to create a thriving hybrid work environment? With post-pandemic work setups, having parts of the team working from home and from the office, it takes much rethinking and restructuring how we work, collaborate, and lead.

This 4-hour workshop gives hands-on tools and practices to foster a hybrid work culture and effective collaboration. Management 3.0 team members Katharina William, CEO and Facilitator Happiness Coach, and Nadine Koehler, Courseware Coordinator, will give you insights on how to make hybrid more fun.

This workshop is suitable for everyone working in a hybrid work setup who wants to get to the next level, for HR people searching for the best ways to help their teams thrive, and for coaches who wish to support their clients in this significant shift in collaboration.

Nadine Koehler

Content Coordinator and Head of Marketing @Management 3.0

Katharina William

CEO & Facilitator Happiness Coach @ Management 3.0

13:00 – 14:00

Lunch

14:00 – 18:00

Coaching teams to high performance!

The “new normal” is faced with many complex challenges, creating urgency and the need for high-performing teams in every organization. How many times have you introspected about how are you leading others and what experience are you creating for them? Leadership is about expectations and experiences. Join our 4-hour workshop and discover the essence of leadership and how to coach your team to high performance! Learn how to foster the key team capabilities and bring to high-performance stage by using Management 3.0 tools and practices

Ilija Popjanev

LEAN & Agile Coach

In-person Conference Day 1.
All times shown are in CET (UTC +1)

09:00 – 10:00

Doors Open & Welcome Coffee

10:00 – 10:15

Opening Address

Welcome to Forward Summit! Let’s learn, engage and have two days of fun!

10:15 – 11:15

Connecting Dots, Connecting People – Cultural Transformation through Emotional Connection

Imagine a third dimension of organization: neurology and psychology. To work on this dimension is very powerful. To make cultural change successful, you have to deconstruct teams and organizations and then redesign connections between the dots. Redesigning dots means redesigning the form following the function. Surprisingly this is not structure but emotional design. You have to become kind of a Chief Emotional Officer.

Svenja Hofert

Best Selling Author; XING Top Mind 2019, 2020, 2021

11:15 – 11:45

Morning Break

11:45 – 12:30

Clean Out for Happiness – Addressing Inconsistences and Ambiguities in Organizations

Happiness is the state of so-called coherence in the brain, which is the state where everything fits together well. That is, where expectations match reality and thinking, feeling, and acting form unity. That is why people always try to find meaning behind things to reach the state where everything fits together and everything makes sense.

Change Projects like Agile Transformations typically add new inconsistencies and ambiguities to an organizational system. This might be one of the reasons those projects often struggle to deliver the desired success and sometimes even lead to higher frustration and demotivation of employees.
The problem here is that we usually introduce new and conflicting rules and patterns into an existing social system, typically without really questioning the existing rules, cultural patterns, and management practices to adapt or even clean them up. The result is, for example, that on the one hand, a new mindset of self-organization and empowerment is expected, and on the other hand, working time recording and tight budgets are still used as management practices.

The result, for example, is that, on the one hand, a new mentality of self-organization and empowerment is expected and proclaimed, while on the other hand, timesheets and tight budgets are still used as management practices.

This mini-workshop is about questioning, adapting, and dissolving existing management practices as a continuous leadership task in organizations – a “clean out for happiness.” Using five steps, you will learn to analyze management practices regarding underlying beliefs and intentions and the impact on value creation and employee motivation. Finally, you will also identify appropriate decisions and measures. After this workshop, you will have a toolset you can bring to your organization or clients to help improve coherence, motivation, and happiness – just the next day.

Jürgen Dittmar

CEO - Cocondi - Agile Leadership and Agile Organizational Development

32 is the new 40! How to Kill the Mental Model of the 40hrs Week – a Case Study

Entire Countries are experimenting with it, GenZ wants it, Studies show the positive effects! Working less hours than the long-learned 40hrs/week model became more and more attractive.

In this talk, I want to share the journey of Giant Swarm (Tech Company, remote, 90 employees) going towards a 32 hr week. Starting with some theory, I will share the implementation concept and process, the good and the bad stuff, the iterations, and our methods to measure success on both business performance and employee happiness.

Anna Löw

VP People at Giant Swarm

12:30 – 13:30

Lunch & Networking Break

13:30 – 14:00

Energizer & Networking

Re-engage, re-motivate, and re-energize through positive disruption, using physical movement, fun, creativity, or problem-solving.

14:00 – 14:45

Conflicts, a curse or a blessing?

A curse or a blessing? Everyone has experienced conflicts and some teams. Some people will say that conflicts can be very valuable for a team. However, many teams also ended with a big bang because of conflicts. Should we be happy with conflicts?

Conflicts are hard to deal with for most individuals and teams. Conflicts make most people uncomfortable, and people often tend to avoid them. I don’t believe conflicts should automatically result in people shouting, doors slamming, and people leaving the team.

As a leader, you can guide the team when there is a conflict. Help the team to make a conflict a blessing and not a curse!

In this workshop, we will look at the value of conflicts. The next step will be to support the team when there is a conflict. I like theory, but also you learn much more when you apply things. We end the workshop by using the conflict resolution approach.

Ralph van Roosmalen

Author and Founder of Art of Teams

Tech for Good: How Ethical Considerations Help us Build a Happier and more Desirable Future

In the past year, we talked a lot about how technology can help in our daily work, in working together and improving our lives. One topic that arose very strongly in our team was the topic of “How can technology be used FOR the benefit of people and not against it?” We noticed that people wanted to have a stronger alignment with their work and their own values, find their purpose, and wanted to bring sustainable solutions into the world (not just things that were “fancy”). Digital transformation efforts should help people in their lives, to make work easier and more enjoyable, empower people and not eradicate or discriminate against them. Therefore the question “How can we use technology to make the world better and people happier” became our core angle to work with our clients and challenge them on their ideas and mindsets. This also means that ethical leadership and the questions you have to face to get there became big areas of development for us.

I would like to share our journey on “How to be an ethical digital leader and make the world a better place,” the questions and discrepancies we face, and the discussions we have to take on to become better humans, digitally enabled teams, and more thoughtful leaders. We also give some insights into ongoing projects and why making ethical decisions is often a lot harder than it seems.

Bernadette Fellner

Business Innovation Lead and Design Thinking & Agile Coach at PwC Österreich

14:45 – 15:15

Afternoon Refreshments & Networking Break

15:15 – 16:00

The State of Management 3.0 in Japan – Complexity and Change Management in the Land of the Rising Sun

We live in a more complex world than ever, and we must adapt to this complex environment every day. Therefore, it is crucial to understand what complexity means and how it affects us.

In this short workshop, you will learn the Management 3.0 Complexity model through a puzzle exercise and experience complexity by running the triangle exercise. With the triangle exercise, the participants can experience the dynamics of complex adaptive systems and the ripple effects it brings with them.
You can draw hints for your change management challenges from it.

Furthermore, I will share my experiences with the Management 3.0 journey in Japan. You will understand what the Agile and Management 3.0 landscape looks like in Japan nowadays and how organizations deal with today’s fast-paced world.

Stefan Nüsperling

Founder NüWorks GK - Japan

Why Does Happiness Matter When a Big Enterprise Tries to Launch a Startup

Let’s be honest: in most cases, it doesn’t matter what your company adopts to claim to become Agile. It could be Scrum, Kanban, or your own SAFeLeSS Frankenstein. The result typically is the same: beautiful PowerPoint slides, Tribes, ScrumBut, and… nearly the same speed of delivery as before but with magical words on top. You also get the same mediocre customer experience. And, last but not least, your employees are not happy. So what if I tell you that if you want to become Agile, you must start with happiness?

In this talk, I’m going to share with you the true story of one giant enterprise that decided to jump into the world of startups. The story where the happiness of employees goes first. The story where you get a product build from scratch in 8 weeks.

Anton Zotin

Agile coach, Trainer, Speaker, Mentor and Change Agent

16:00 – 17:00

Redesigning and Transforming Recognition Programs Fit for the Future

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Debra Corey

Best-Selling Author & Chief Pay it Forward Officer @ DebCo HR LTD

17:00 – 17:15

Wrap-up day 1

Let’s wrap up the day of learning and highlight the best parts!

17:15 – 18:30

Glühwein Reception

18:30 – 

Walking Dinner

In-person Conference Day 1.
All times shown are in CET (UTC +1)

08:45 – 09:15

Welcome Coffee

09:15 – 09:30

Welcome by Management 3.0

09:30 – 10:30

Storypowered Change: Gain Support, Overcome Resistance and Create Lasting Impact

There’s a reason millions of people can watch Netflix for hours on end every night, but most of us struggle to sit through a meeting or presentation for 10 minutes. It’s not because business is boring; the business has all the excitement of real life – and more. It’s because of how we communicate; without effective communication, employees feel disengaged, teams underperform, and managing change is impossible. That’s why you need storytelling.

It takes more than a story to create long-lasting change, but you can’t achieve it without a story. A story can create focus and give meaning to change, help spread it and overcome objections.

In this dynamic and practical talk, you’ll learn how to:

– Find and nurture the stories that make your culture and inspire change
– Communicate in a way that is memorable and overcomes resistance
– Use stories to create a mission and purpose everyone in the company can get behind
– Make employees people feel heard, valued, and inspired to act

Francisco Mahfuz

Storytelling Keynote Speaker

10:30 – 11:00

Morning Refreshments & Networking Break

11:00 – 11:45

Play to your strengths with StrongSuits

StrongSuits® is a strengths-based people and organizational development tool that uses playing cards and games to help teams have fun and feel energized whilst generating high-impact conversations about how people behave and how they can develop.
Understanding your strengths, appreciating others, and learning how you can develop together to create greater impact is the key to success for your people, your teams, and your organization. StrongSuits can help your teams:

Communicate more effectively
Play to their strengths
Get the most out of the diversity of every team member
Increase psychological safety
Build a climate of trust and collaboration
Improve levels of engagement

Whether you’re a coach, facilitator, or team member, this practice session will use the StrongSuits cards to help you gain a better understanding of your strengths and communication style and explore what this means for how you communicate.

Ryan Behrman

Coach, Facilitator & Trainer @ SystemicAgility.com & StrongSuits.com

How Providing Freedom of Choice Enables People and Organisational Growth

Time is something we can’t turn back. And we spend around a third of our lifetime working. Thus – for people to feel fulfillment and joy in this time, it needs to be fun, creative, and provide some personal growth. In this talk, Kadri will share experiences from different frameworks inspired by Pipedrive Agile Framework and show how rotating leadership roles, shared objectives, and free will can help people and organizations. Kadri will share, how to motivate people to choose the most meaningful paths of growth, how to nudge people to be the best of themselves without burning out and how to scale engineering teams without constant interruption. As a positive side effect, this also provides acceptance of unknowns and self-trust that there is a solution for any challenge.

Kadri Pirn

Head Of Engineering @ Demodesk

11:45 – 12:30

Play to your Strengths with StrongSuits

StrongSuits® is a strengths-based people and organizational development tool that uses playing cards and games to help teams have fun and feel energized whilst generating high-impact conversations about how people behave and how they can develop.
Understanding your strengths, appreciating others, and learning how you can develop together to create greater impact is the key to success for your people, your teams, and your organization. StrongSuits can help your teams:
Communicate more effectively
Play to their strengths
Get the most out of the diversity of every team member
Increase psychological safety
Build a climate of trust and collaboration
Improve levels of engagement

Whether you’re a coach, facilitator, or team member, this practice session will use the StrongSuits cards to help you gain a better understanding of your strengths and communication style and explore what this means for how you communicate.

Ryan Behrman

Coach, Facilitator & Trainer @ SystemicAgility.com & StrongSuits.com

How to Destroy Happiness at Work

Managers often don’t know what to do with the concept of “happiness at work.” Sometimes the prevailing opinion is that the focus is on completing tasks and that happiness has no place in the workplace. Even if they are willing to increase happiness, it is unclear what can be done concretely and how it relates to the “actual” task of the company.

If you twist the question into the opposite, it becomes much easier: How do you destroy Happiness at work? Many employees can answer this question. And managers may ask themselves whether they have already done one or the other of these things. In conclusion, it’s about replacing these negative habits with ones that really create Happiness.

This session isn’t a talk but an interactive experiment. Participants will share their experiences about how to destroy happiness at work most effectively. After that, we will try to find antidotes together, practical advice about what everybody of us can do to prevent happiness from being destroyed.
The speakers have conducted this event in companies with teams and larger groups. Based on this experience and with insights from science, they want to convey the conviction that everyone in the company can contribute to happiness at work.

Stefan Mintert

Leadership and Culture Coach @ kutura.digital

Jens Thiemann

Leadership and Culture Coach @ kutura.digital

How Management 3.0 supports the Non-Profit Organization Action for Happiness Germany Being Successful in Spreading Happiness

I often get asked if I know an organization as an example that makes use of the Management 3.0 mindset and practices in its daily work. First, I struggled to answer that question. Do I know an organization next to the Management 3.0 team itself? But then it struck me like a lightning bolt: I have been doing precisely that myself for many years.

Since the beginning of 2019, I have been working for Action for Happiness Germany voluntarily, a non-profit organization that aims to create a happier and more compassionate society while increasing the happiness and well-being of every individual. In everything, we do at Action for Happiness Germany, my Management 3.0 mindset backs my ideas and proposals related to our way of working and organizational structure.

This session gives you an impression of how Management 3.0 can support a non-profit organization in its daily business, becoming successful in what it does.

Jürgen Mohr

Founder and Managing Director - Teal Thrives GmbH

12:30 – 12:45

Open Session Pitches

Open sessions are sometimes called “unsessions” or “open spaces.” They’re an alternative to preplanned panels and workshops and create a space for the attendees to take some control over the conference. Sessions are proposed by participants on the day of the conference and are participant-led.

12:45 – 13:45

Lunch & Networking Break

13:45 – 15:15

Open Session

Open sessions are sometimes called “unsessions” or “open spaces.” They’re an alternative to preplanned panels and workshops and create a space for the attendees to take some control over the conference. Sessions are proposed by participants on the day of the conference and are participant-led.

15:45 – 16:45

Beyond Happiness – Envision and Own a Culture where Everyone Thrives

In this keynote, Sunny shares why it’s time to redefine happiness, the role that life’s highs and lows play, and how we are more resilient when we live with happiness and humanity. She’ll define what it means to take care of your greenhouse as you grow others, and explain the new concept of the double ROI — return on investment and ripple of impact.

Because when we show up authentically at work, we can bring our whole selves, which benefits everyone on the team: solutions are created, innovation happens, and diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging flow naturally.

When we apply the learnings from Beyond Happiness, we wake up knowing, regardless of what news might be in the headlines that day, that we’re grounded in our internal worlds. That we’re putting our time and talents to the best use, in service of ourselves and everyone we touch in our ecosystems.

Sunny Grosso

Culture Chief @ Delivering Happiness

16:45 – 17:00

Wrap up

– What have you learned?
– Takeaways
– What was fun?
– Connection you made?

17:00

End of Forward 2022

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