Basic Structure of the Course

Over a period of about 20 weeks, there is a certain rhythm of meetings (online and/ or offline) between you and your IMO consultant. Probably you will meet other participants from the IMO Academy network.

Week 1-3
You start with a meeting session with your IMO consultant about your leadership development question and the design of your 20 weeks learning course. In this period you explore your question in relation to the organization.
Week 4-11
In this period you study literature, suggested in the course description. You document your learnings and discoveries. You will have a feedback progress meeting session with your IMO consultant. You will also prepare research in the organization.
Week 12 – 17
In this period you continue to study the literature but you also do field research in an organization. You continue to document your learnings and discoveries. You will have a third intervision meeting session with your IMO consultant.
Week 18 – 20
Now you will focus on writing a presentation document about your learnings. You will have a fourth meeting session with your IMO consultant. The document will be edited and published on the IMO Academy website.
Week 1-3 (click on this bar to open or close)

Buy a notebook for yourself and start to make notes, like in a diary. In the first phase of this course you are going to reflect on your question. It is a quite relaxed and easy start and this question is the drive that keeps you moving. It is also a kind of a sense-organ that will help you to observe more open and more intense the reality in and around you. So: formulate the question and write it down!

Here are some helping indications to deepen your question.

  • Describe some situations in the recent past in which you became aware that this question is alive. What happened? Try to be as concrete as possible and try to stay in the observation mode. Don’t judge, don’t blame, don’t make it bigger or smaller. Just describe.
  • Do you see a biographical line of this question? Is it somehow familiar to you in earlier stages of your life? How did you cope with this question so far?
  • What kind of leadership qualities should be mobilized to live with this question and to grow in it? What leadership qualities did you build up in your life?
  • Do you see other people around you or, more in general, in your generation or in this cultural period dealing with the same question? It is a very helpful start of this course to talk with colleagues, friends, clients maybe or other people in your network about this question. Do they recognize it? What does it mean for them? This inquiry will strengthen your research.
  • Survey the internet, the library, bookshops or get tips from others to study your question.

All the time: make short, personal notes about your thought, observations, insights. It will help you not to forget and to wave the red line during this course.

Week 4-11 (click on this bar to open or close)

After deepening your question you are going to listen to other people (authors). They have something to say that will help you to give new meaning to your research. It is not about finding the ultimate answers or solutions. The study of this literature (or documentaries, videos, etc.) will support you to bring your question into a sense making and practical process. It will prepare you to do some field action-research.

For every course there are some IMO publications recommended to study. They will help you to internalize the IMO approach, which is

  • a new way of thinking about relationships in time and space
  • a inner attitude of an open mind, the urgence of being present
  • a characteristic language that connects personal and organizational development
  • a moral sensibility of trust and seeing people in their growth
  • a practical focus on giving impulses to the will of people and taking next steps

The IMO approach will always turn out to be a combination three dimensions.

  1. It is about personal development which relates to the unique individual and his / her biography, Every human being is invited to realize leadership for his / her life and work issues. In our life story we have build up the capital for our leadership.
  2. People should always find ways to dialogue with each other to discover who they are and what the really want. The dialogue is a way to respect, help and love other in his or her freedom. We belong to the communities to which we can contribute.
  3. The ultimate perspective is to find process owners to do the really meaningful activity. Together with others and embedded in our lifeline we ultimate want to do the good for others, whether client, patient, friend, colleague, partner, etc.

The other literature, suggested for your course, is of added value, related to this IMO approach. You can also add stuff to the list.

Make personal notes of your insights and findings in your notebook.

Week 12-17 (click on this bar to open or close)

During this period you deepen the theme of your course by doing research in the field. The field is: the organization where you are working or related to as client, consultant or supplier. Of course you can also continue studying literature, but parallel to that it is very helpful to connect yourself to the organizational reality. There are different approaches to enter this fieldwork and you should try out what best fit for you. In conversation with your IMO consultant you can find the best practice.

  • Do some interviews with key persons that can share their stories with you. Ask them questions about what is important for you in this learning course and also express your own point of view. It is a dialogue.
  • You can make images (photographs, videos, paintings) of situations or events that you want to explore.
  • You can study specific documents to read about the biography of people and organizations. This can reveal meaningful questions, themes, red lines.
  • You can conduct any kind of survey like an inquiry or an opinion poll via internet.
  • You can organize a workshop, a meeting or another event to connect people. This is a kind of intervention in which people feel invited to express themselves.

Important all the time is to make notes about your observations and the patterns you become aware of.

Week 18-20 (click on this bar to open or close)

The last period of the learning course is focussed on writing. It will be the result of what you discovered so far. But also in the process of writing you will learn, because writing is a kind of dialogue with yourself. Things become clearer when expressed. A lot of people hesitate to start writing, because it is difficult to create some order out of the amount of thoughts and feelings in your soul. For this reason we created a manual to structure this process of writing. It is supporting when you can see the steps ahead. In essence there are four basic steps:

  1. The introduction. You can describe your learning question, how you became motivated for this theme. You can explain what and why you planned to do in this course.
  2. In the body of this publication you can describe what you did: studying literature, doing fieldwork and what you discovered.
  3. In the conclusion you express what is important for you, for other people and the organizations in the field of your interest. You can also mention what should explored in the future.
  4. In a kind of supplement you can make visible your resources, the result of polls, etc.

This is all about a written publication. If you want to express yourself in another way like a video production  or something else, feel free to talk about it with your IMO consultant.

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