The CEO as a sparring partner

How to combine the role of a company manager and a mentor? How can this practice help to develop employees and improve the performance of the company?

The course will introduce students to the concept of a business sparring partner and its practical application.

They will also learn the skills of listening and effective questioning while understanding when and how to integrate mentoring into their daily practice. The basics of change management will also be developed, helping students to manage organizational change more effectively. In the final blocks of the course, we will take a realistic look at the feasibility of such a management model in today's corporate culture and how and on what timeline to build a feedback system.

Business leaders, senior executives, managers, entrepreneurs, SME sector, start-ups, coaches, and even HR professionals.

The aim of the course is to introduce and explore the benefits of combining the roles of company leader and mentor. It emphasises the leader's practice as both a manager and an active mentor in the running of the business, contributing to the development of employees and the success of the company.

Leader as a sparring partner

  • Who is the leader?
  • Coach, mentor, sparring partner?
  • How does it work?

Business sparring partner in practice

  • Creating a safe environment
  • Active listening, the art of listening
  • The mechanics of questioning
  • Managing change

What next?

  • Feedback systems
  • Workplaces of the future
  • Summary
  • Final test
The art of feedback

Why is feedback important? How to give feedback to your colleagues? How to receive feedback as a manager and as a subordinate? Why are negative feedback and praise important? All questions are answered through practical examples.

Feedback is vital in creating a friendly company culture. Beyond regular performance reviews, feedback, when given correctly, helps employees to be more productive and better manage their subordinates and projects. Moreover, it doesn't cost money, as good feedback is only time-consuming.

Have you ever wondered how to give feedback effectively? Do you know how to receive feedback from your boss or even your subordinates?

If you can give good feedback to your colleagues about what they can improve on and what they are good at, they will enjoy their work even more and become better at it.

Business leaders, senior executives, managers, entrepreneurs, SME sector, start-ups, coaches, and even HR professionals.

This course teaches you why feedback is necessary, how to use it, and how not to use it. You will also learn how to increase your team's motivation by giving quality feedback and how to provide feedback in different situations to your boss, colleague, or subordinate. You'll also learn how to train and motivate your staff by asking them questions or sharing your thoughts honestly.


  • Why do you need feedback?
  • What is feedback?
  • Why is feedback important in management?

Types of feedback

  • Positive feedback
  • Constructive feedback
  • Negative feedback

Structure and rules

  • Structure of feedback
  • Basic rules of feedback
  • Immediate feedback
  • Receiving feedback
  • Handling errors and setting boundaries
  • Summary
  • Final test