Online Learning

About Online Learning

The IMO Academy offers you an attractive way of ‘blended learning’. You can use the internet entree for taking part in our leadership development program in your own time and dialogue with a personal IMO consultant; you can learn wherever you are and whenever you want. This way of a learning journey is based on a rich history of personal and organizational development experience of IMO consultants.

Participants can register for every single course or a sequence of courses. Every course consist of:

  • a personal intake by an IMO consultant,
  • a guided learning and development process
  • specific literature and other resources for study,
  • action -research in an organizational environment,
  • the writing of a reflective document about the learning process that, when approved, will be published on the website of the IMO Academy. (See guideline for writing a publication)

The IMO consultant is available 4 or 5 times during one course.


The Organization

The IMO approach on ‘horizontal leadership’ is based on a new view on organizations. In this course you will get a profound introduction into the essence of this view. An organization is a dynamic human creation in which all kinds of processes are connected to each other. You are going to explore the differences and inner cohesion of processes and how you can relate to them. You will develop a deeper sense to observe and judge how they can get the attention they need and how to intervene. This provides a fundament to reflect on what happens in an organization and how to steer processes. Read more…


Organization Development

Organizations have a biography: they develop all the time, go through different phases and have to find adequate responses regarding the questions they face. This course concentrates on te development of individual people, teams and leaders as a community.Together they find ways to work in a flow, creating value for the clients in accordance to the vision of the organization.

The thread that links all the topics in this course is the question: What brings real movement to the people in organizations? You will discover the inside and outside dimension of this movement. Read more…

Working with a Question

Development, learning, innovation, change: it starts all with a question. Maybe the ultimate quality of leadership is to bring questions into a meaningful movement. In this course you will discover what it means not to solve questions but to sense  the real questions, to live with them.

What are client questions? How to recognize different types of questions? How to ask good questions? What is ‘Appreciative Inquiry’ as a way of development by asking questions? Read more…



Leadership is: bringing people of an organization into a lively process to make a next step. This course is about the key qualities for horizontal leadership. In organizations everyone can develop leadership to get their things done. The CEO for the impulse and the strategy, the managers for flow in the cooperations and the colleagues for professional and client-orientated activities.

Leadership has also a special moral dimension in which people are challenged to do good for others. The principles behind this horizontal leadership will be explored in this course. Read more…

Taking Initiatives

This course is designed for anyone who wants to initiate something new, who is going to realize a idea. When taking initiatives, you have to ask a few important questions to design a good working process for it. This course helps you to understand how to mobilize people, to create good conditions, to find focus and rhythm and concrete steps to the right direction.

The initiative taker, who is a horizontal leader and an entrepreneur, uses seven basic orientation points – so called seven beacons – to to create a meaningful change that connects idea and reality. Read more …


The Dialogue

The essence of horizontal leadership is really to care for continuous good dialogue with people. This builds up a reliable community to live and work with. In this course we explore and exercise the core qualities of dialogue, because in the practical life it has proven so difficult. People easily get into discussion or they use each other for their own interest.

What are the qualities, the phases of a good dialogue? How to use the dialogue for judgement building in teams? What is the philosophy behind a good dialogue? Read more …

The Steering

The ‘Steering’ course is about understanding and and leading the processes you are connected with. For example: the process with the client, the process of a team project, the process of spending time, the process of the in- and outcome stream of money.

You will become familiar with a very helpful method to analyse work processes and the concept of a cyclic development program. How to create an infrastructure for development in a organization in which all people are involved. Steering means: you are in the lead of developing people and organizations. Read more…


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