From humble leadership to future development of your team and your organization.


This Master’s program is the result of many years of collaboration between the Trias Institute, Edgar H. Schein/Peter Schein, the M.I.T. Sloan School and the networks of Otto Scharmer (M.I.T., Presencing Institute) and Peter Senge (M.I.T. and SOL). (Seminars at SOL or PI, Boston).

Leadership is an attitude.


Leadership is an attitude.
From hero myth to sustainable and effective leadership reality
The “Leipzig Masterclass” 2023
Cooperation Trias Zurich (Gerhard Fatzer) & AESOP Leipzig (Anne Fanenbruck)

The genesis:
The impulse to offer a masterclass for coaching, leadership, organizational development and culture in Leipzig came when we were sitting in the dining car on the train between Vienna and Leipzig and discussing culture and humble leadership. The starting point for our discussion is our conviction that leadership is an attitude and not a theoretical – sometimes academically abstract – definition. Of course, we are aware that we are not initially bringing anything new into the world, and yet we know that it is time for a necessary and contemporary positioning. A positioning on the part of consultants, coaches, trainers and managers.
The more intensively we have dealt with leadership and coaching in the course of our professional activities, the clearer the picture of the attitude has become. Thinking about leadership means thinking about people with responsibility and decision-making authority.
Responsibility for themselves, their employees and the organization for which and in which they make decisions.
Whether we describe the phenomena surrounding us as the VUCA world, new work, agile or mega trends is ultimately down to the fit for the explanatory model for phenomena. Phenomena that have always existed and will continue to exist at different speeds, densities and development cycles. The fact that we can fit everything into descriptive models and constructs today is thanks to evolution. This includes organizational evolution.

And leading and shaping relationships can be seen as an evolutionarily stable strategy. Thanks to the research and findings of Ed Schein, we know about the importance of relationships in successful organizations – and therefore also in sustainable organizations.
Schein describes this as professional closeness – not distance. As a manager, recognizing that I am dependent on my employees in order to be successful and effective is an insight that is not revealed in the theoretical discussion of leadership, but can only be experienced in concrete action.
The decisive factor for the actions of managers is their attitude.
What is crucial is to understand the real world of managers and to react to the challenging situations in everyday life.
Leadership today is therefore much more than a theoretical discussion, it is the practicing of an attitude, namely “impartiality”. Today, leadership means responsibility and decision-making in a fast-paced everyday life. Leadership is about relationships and shaping relationships.
The second important component is cultural development. Culture is the most important element of any change process, be it organizational development or digital transformation.
The MASTERCLASS Leipzig offers managers the framework to focus on their own organization and to align, reflect, test and deepen their leadership actions and attitude accordingly. The focus is on your own change project and is practiced on a case-by-case basis using important elements of a change architecture. The master class is offered to experienced managers who want to develop themselves and their organization.

The seminar will kick off with Ed Schein’s son, Peter Schein. He will seamlessly continue this life’s work (“Humble Leadership and Culture”). This will focus on specific case studies, practicing this attitude, the most important core competencies of managers and the “Spirit of Humble Inquiry”.

Content and facts Masterclass Leipzig


Content: (excerpt)
Leading in a modern environment:
- Critically recognizing and addressing challenges in current events beyond fashions and hypes
- Making corporate culture visible
- Refine basic philosophical attitude
- Spirit of Inquiry
- Humble leadership
- Unbiased questioning
- Task and mission of leadership

Culture and cultural development:
- Organizational exploration by the entire group
Diagnosis and analysis of own organization/ company/ team
Reflection and identification of specific courses of action
- Cultural concepts Ed Schein
- Cultural analysis
- Pattern formation and basic assumptions

- Team and system level according to D. Kantor
- Team dynamics and team models Forms of team intervention
- Dialogue B. Isaacs and D. Bohm

Our approaches:
- Systemic Structural Constellation (SySt®)
- Gestalt
- psychodrama
- Constructivism
- Systemic thinking

Organizational development:
- Fundamentals of change
- Maps of change
- Getting started and launching a change process
- Approach and content Theory U (applications, exercises and tools)
- Fifth discipline and learning organization
- System archetypes, system dynamics

Accompanying instructional coaching:
Teaching coaching enables an individual, resource-strengthening deepening of work and personal development contexts. In the spirit of the Inner Self: My I, My Self, My Visions and My Potentials, My Learning Blocks and Life Issues, Work-Life-Balance, Burn-Out Prophylaxis; Role Analysis and Role Design.
The focus is on working on the self as an instrument.
The teaching coaching is carried out by experienced teaching coaches and serves personal maturation and growth.

Start: November 16, 2023 Leipzig
Venue: Leipzig
Costs: €12,000 (discount for Trias alumni; alumni of similar degree programs) 300 € admission interview
Admission criteria: Letter of motivation; leadership experience; concrete change project; interview
Included: Learning material and literature
Completion: Final thesis; admission to coaching and umbrella organizations; (aiming for a Master’s degree in cooperation)
Instructors: Dr. G. Fatzer; Dr. Sylvia Böcker; Anne Fanenbruck; Dr. Margret Fischer and other cooperation partners
Providers of impulses: Otto C. Scharmer; Peter Schein
Why Leipzig: Leipzig is a university and college city, a trade fair and publishing city with a diverse range of art, music and history. Leipzig is cultural, alternative and inspiring and also my home town.

From “Humble Leadership” to future development of your team and your organization.

What makes us special? What can you expect? What is our "USP"?

This Master’s program is the result of many years of cooperation between the Trias Institute, Edgar H. Schein/Peter Schein, the M.I.T. Sloan School and the networks of Otto Scharmer (M.I.T., Presencing Institute) and Peter Senge (M.I.T. and SOL), (seminars at SOL or PI, Boston).
The co-leadership is guaranteed by Anne Fanenbruck, Mouna Läderach, Dr. Sabina Schöfer (Hochschule Bremen) and Dr. Sylvia Böcker.
Cooperation partners and scient. Advisory board: Prof. Kornelia Rappe Giesecke (ex EFH Han-nover) and Prof. Michael Giesecke (ex University of Hanover).

As Senior Lecturers: Peter Senge with his OLCenter for Learning Organization, today SOL (Society of Organizational Learning) and Otto Scharmer with his Presencing Institute. The guest seminars with these cooperation partners are booked directly with SOL or PI and paid for separately.
These three networks represent the “state of the art” of organizational development.

Participants learn the latest knowledge/know-how and tools for sustainable organizational development, corporate culture, dialogue, system knowledge and tools, leadership (“unprejudiced leadership”), the art of asking questions, far removed from trends and hypes. You receive the “state of the art”.
This Master’s course is aimed at experienced managers and consultants who have a concern or a change project for their future work and personal life. A foundation in “Coaching and OE” is a prerequisite, be it a diploma or a Master’s degree.

The Trias Institute and Network has 30 years of experience in training executives and consultants in a global context, publishing important book series, an international journal and many conferences on these topics.
Such a masterclass will train in the art of sustainable organizational and cultural development and also address this in the form of personal questions such as: What have I experienced professionally so far, what is my learning story? How do I want to, can I work? How do I live? What do I want to change and how? How do I want to lead?
Experienced people who bear responsibility in and for organizations often ask themselves these and other questions. A personal OE or change project as an integral part of the course demonstrates this concern.
The philosophy and attitude of this master class is a basic attitude of decisiveness and impartiality, as formulated by Ed Schein/Peter Schein as the basis of “Humble Consulting”. It is the “Spirit of Inquiry”. Peter Schein, our long-time friend and thought leader, will accompany the course via video conferencing. Film examples of our late mentor Ed Schein will complement this in a targeted manner.

Otto Scharmer and Peter Senge are booked separately by the participants as required. We take a critical look at current discussions and developments in management and ask ourselves, for example, what ‘digital transformation’ is all about. What are the core competencies of ‘digital transformation’? What does “leadership in a digital context” look like?
It is clear from the many projects on “digitalization” and “digital transformation” that the core competencies of good managers are, in particular, human and interpersonal skills:
“Emotional competence, intercultural and interpersonal competence, the ability to give and receive help, to ask good questions.” (Edgar Schein, 2018).

Methodologically, the Master’s programme combines personal experience, practical practice and learning on your own case project and links these with the most important inputs from organizational development, corporate culture, dialogue, career and process thinking.

The focus is on the participants’ own change project and they form a “consortium of learning organizations”, as successfully introduced by Peter Senge.
The accompanying learning coaching, which focuses on personal development and resource-oriented self-management, should be emphasized. Group or case coaching (or teaching supervision) deals with situations and questions/case work from everyday working life. All of this is interwoven with theoretical input on your own organization.
We distinguish ourselves very clearly from groups that focus on the “challenges of digitalization”, uphold the myth of automation and computerization, speak of the abolition of hierarchy, agile systems, disruption, holacracy and present this as a solution for today’s organizations. We will also take a critical look at the various management hypes and shed light on the philosophical and social background to our current working world and all the upheavals.

Organizational development is eminently practical, a collection of tools, and we agree with Ed Schein:
“There is no universal leadership style. What managers need to do depends on the specific organizational situation. Change agents should have:
The ability to think like an anthropologist, the intervention skills of a family therapist and the creative instincts of an artist” (Schein 2009, 57).
Basically, this is part of the “art of change”. The aim will be to learn this art and, in the end, to be able to “drop your tools” as a sign of “mastery”, as Karl Weick so aptly puts it. (“Drop your tools”).



Critically recognizing the challenge of digitalization in the modern working and organizational world beyond fashions and hypes, building, taking responsibility for and sustainably implementing architectures of change. Making corporate culture visible in digital change processes.
Refining sustainable organizational development as a science, philosophical approach and technology. “Getting to know yourself as an instrument and practicing the craft”.

Working world: digitalization, globalization, economization – trends and counter-trends
Forms of self-organization: society, organization, network
Culture and corporate culture
Philosophy: constructivism and phenomenology
Design concepts of organization and perception
In this course, we focus on the active, critical processing of one’s own history in all its dimensions
From everyday experiences with others and oneself, reception of content, methods and fashions by the participants to research into the mutual influences of people and organizations.

Methods and formats

Learning coaching – Teaching supervision as case supervision – Individual OE project – Theory inputs from international experts and theory processing under guidance – Case analysis – Film analysis – Simulations, role plays, counseling exercises – (Theory) inputs from course participants in learning teams Processing under guidance – Master’s thesis
Conference, fireside chats
Working stay at the M.I.T.

TRIAS – Masterclass 2: Live 2023

Individual coaching/learning coaching

Individual coaching/learning coaching is a possible/voluntary component of this Trias Masterclass and completes the case-based teaching supervision.
Like the first part of the teaching supervision, it is carried out by Anne Fanenbruck, Margrit Fischer or Sylvia Böcker.
The resource-oriented individual coaching / learning coaching complements the teaching supervision / case work and enables an individual deepening and repetition of the topics of life and work organization, self-development, in the sense of the development of the inner self: My ego, my self, my potentials and visions; my learning blocks and life issues; work-life balance and burnout prevention. It also serves to analyze and shape roles.
The focus is also on “working on the self as an instrument”. This program is highly relevant both for everyday personal and professional life and we are proud to offer a masterclass that gives these central topics an important place.
In addition to generally applicable topics, it is specifically expanded with content tailored to our Masterclass.

Group/case coaching (teaching supervision)

Group and case coaching (or teaching supervision) is the learning vehicle in which case situations or ongoing change projects are primarily looked at in a group, critically reflected upon, provided with next action steps and later reported back and modified.
Teaching supervision also serves to learn the craft, “the art of change”. Experienced consultants or managers from the Trias staff serve as teaching supervisors.
The teaching supervision sessions serve the development of the profession and the implementation of all the content learned in personal or organizational change projects. These are carried out in groups and also serve the later model of peer or collegial intervision groups. Developing projects and practicing interventions are part of the content, as is meta-reflection for the purpose of peer learning.

Admission modalities

Interviews initially as written application documents. Followed by a telephone interview or direct interview, with detailed feedback. Costs: Fr. 400.- /Euro 400

To the application


All prices are quoted in CHF (Swiss francs). The Euro equivalent/the daily exchange rate applies!


Duration: 5 semesters/ 3 modules each including Master’s thesis; certificate after 3 semesters


Master class (MC)
Semester fee: CHF 5’600.-

You will receive an invoice upon registration. Please settle this before the start of the Masterclass.


Program over 3 semesters/blocks,

Certificate thesis in shorter scope (certificate regulations)
Price for certificate thesis: CHF 1’200.


The diploma is linked to a diploma thesis on a counseling case and a theoretical part (see diploma regulations)
The diploma fulfills the requirements for membership in various umbrella organizations. Trias was a collective member of the umbrella organizations from 1997 to 2014 and aims this master class at the target group of experienced managers and organizational developers.

Diploma thesis price: CHF 1’900.-


This is combined with a Master’s thesis in a similar format and certification with a partner university. (see Master’s regulations)

Trias was a collective member of the umbrella organizations for consulting in the DACH countries (BSO/DGSV/OeVS) from 1997 to 2014 and presents with this Master’s program a further development for advanced students, in an exclusive cooperation with M.I.T. Sloan and our American partners.

It is a comprehensive thesis, which is assessed and published (internal library Trias, only lent on request)
Outstanding examples are published in excerpts in our journal “Profile” (supervised by Sabina Schoefer )(see diploma regulations)

Price Master: CHF 1’900.-

Individual coaching

Individual coaching / learning coaching is a possible component of this Trias Master class. It complements the case-related teaching supervision.

Group and case coaching

The group and case coaching sessions are included in the price. They are organized regionally and comprise 4 hours per sequence. Exclusive offer is also online learning coaching by Peter Schein or by partners from the M.I.T. network. This is carried out by the teaching supervisors.