New Coaching Program for HHL Students: Successful Start of “New Leipzig Talents”
In May 2017 the first 16 students from the New Leipzig Talents program received their certificates during a graduation ceremony. Students in this six-month program work on a personalized development path which is based on an individual competency profile. They determine their personal learning fields to map out questions relevant to a coaching process: Who am I as a person and how am I perceived by others? How do I establish relationships of trust? How do I act in a self-organized way and implement innovative solutions? Each student is supported by an experienced coach from our coaching pool including e.g. a psychoanalyst, an advertising agency CEO or a monk. They meet several times during the program to exchange views both at HHL and at the workplace of the coach – which in case of coach Father Dr. Dr. Justinus Pech was his monastery. The sessions are accompanied by various group workshops which focus on self-reflection or mindfulness. For the students, the first run of the program was an intense time full of insights.
M.Sc. student Peter Weis commented, “Especially after very stressful periods, you recognize that stepping back and evaluating the situation from a different perspective would have helped in order to come to the best possible result. New Leipzig Talents helped me particularly to work on this skill: to step back, come to a meta-level, evaluate the situation from another angle and decide what to do.”
The next edition will start in fall 2017 and there will be another opportunity to apply for the New Leipzig Talents program in fall. A special alumni network is being established simultaneously to promote an exchange between the participants even after the program has finished. New Leipzig Talents is a program by HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management in cooperation with XING AG and Dr. Arend Oetker.