Executive Program

Innovation and Agility – Experience and Enable

Design Thinking has become an industry standard for a dynamic, human-centered innovation culture in companies. A state-of-the-art leadership and mindset are crucial for staying on top in offering solutions and services for your stakeholders. It is also key to tackling internal challenges such as agile transformation. Leadership beyond the bounds of the organizational structures and the knowledge of how and where to steer – even in uncertain times – makes leaders and their organizations successful. 


  • You will learn agile methods and experience agile teamwork in order to gain a better understanding of the work of your innovation team.
  • In a further step, you learn to develop strategies so as a manager you can promote innovation and agility in the team in the best possible way. 

Key Facts

Vor Ort


Individual, upon request

Workshop language

German and English 


In presence and online

Target audience

This workshop is designed for experienced executives and managers as well as young talents. We also offer this workshop exclusively for companies – please feel free to bring your own project or challenge! 


upon request

The foundation is the experience of Design Thinking based on a real topic. In small teams, the participants experience both the added value of user interviews and quick prototype construction. We use this experience to reflect on the Design Thinking mindset and transfer it to the everyday life of a manager. In a further step, we examine four concrete practices of agile managers in detail. 


Managers themselves experience agile teamwork in order to find concrete starting points as to how they, as managers, can best support their teams in innovation work. In this way, the transformation of the organization can be steered toward more innovation and agility. On the one hand, this comes from the employees who learn and implement agile methods. On the other hand, it is from the executives, who with a newly gained understanding, enable and motivate their employees in an even better way. 


Since companies and organizations are set up very differently and pursue individual strategies, we only offer this program tailor-made and designed to meet the specific needs of our customers. Depending on the main topics and framework conditions, we also offer formats together with renowned partners, such as technology experts or representatives from business schools."201341983":0,"335559740":259"> 

Your Coaches

Participant testimonials

I learned how to prototype the intangible and how to see different sides from different perspectives. What we as a senior manager team achieved in such a short amount of time by actually working together is impressive. What I learned in this program I can really apply in my daily business.

Silvia Roig Serrano

Head of Future Knowledge and Learn at Will bei SEAT S. A.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars.

Participant testimonials

In the HPI Academy Leadership Program for Innovation and Agility, I learned that leadership is not about having all the answers but rather empowering teams to navigate through times of uncertainty and complexity. I really liked the hands-on concept paired with productive break-out sessions that helped me apply the learnings directly into my daily business as a senior leader.

Dr. Ludwig Fazel

Head of Strategy (VP), Volkswagen Group Components

Rated 5 out of 5 stars.

Participant testimonials

In this leadership program, it is good to have new ways of thinking about finding solutions for different challenges. And, as a leader, to also think about the right questions to ask to find good solutions with the team.

Sabrina Bewersdorff

Head of Division Controlling Chassis & Battery Systems bei Volkswagen Group Components, Volkswagen AG

Rated 5 out of 5 stars.

Participant testimonials

It was really exciting for us at HEC that we got the chance to interact with another world class institution to co-create a world class program for a world class company.

Dr. Matt Mulford

Adjunct Professor HEC-Paris

Rated 5 out of 5 stars.