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Who should attend

Mobilizing People (MP) is for experienced managers aiming to take their leadership skills to the next level.

Program benefits

Making life transitions: determining what is wanted from working life and how to get to the next stage:

  • Experience leadership situations and experiment with your role as a leader
  • Receive intense individual feedback and coaching
  • Renew your energy and learn to mobilize people toward key business goals


9 days (only 5 days out of the office)

The program includes additional pre-program support and 3 post-program coaching sessions.


Program Sessions 2017
MP 1
May 13-21, 2017
MP 2
July 01-09, 2017
MP 3
September 23-October 01, 2017
Program Sessions 2018
MP 1
April 28-May 06, 2018
MP 2
June 30-July 08, 2018
MP 3
October 06-14, 2018

Fee 2017

The program fee includes additional pre- program support and three post-program coaching sessions.
Tuition, teaching materials and lunch are also included. Additional coaching sessions can also be arranged (fees apply).

CHF 23,000

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Mobilizing People is for managers who are aiming to take their leadership skills to the next level. Participants generally have at least eight years of working experience, either in managerial or specialist roles. They come from a wide range of industries, functional backgrounds and geographic regions. The program works best with a diverse group of individuals from different cultures and organizational levels. We pay attention to the challenges of diversity and gender, and especially to women exercising leadership in organizations and teams.

The following companies have put their trust in IMD in the past by sending participants to MP:

  • Tetra Laval Group
  • The World Bank Group
  • Saudi Telecom Company
  • Rabobank
  • Heineken
  • Oracle Corporation
  • Euroclear
  • Firmenich
  • Japan Tobacco
  • Royal Dutch Shell
  • Royal Philips Electronics

Testimonials of past participants

I felt completely re-energized and was in a mode where I needed to sort everything out in the business. It was life changing and empowering. Jamie Robertson CEO and founder | Odgers Berndtson | South Africa

Read the full story of Jamie's experience at Mobilizing People

This is by far the most valuable program of this kind that I have done so far. I am convinced that it will help me to change some behaviors that I have been struggling with for quite some time. Thank you. Wouter van Eechoud Managing Director | Client Coverage | ING Bank | Germany
I came expecting to be taught management and leadership techniques, but ended up gaining a much better understanding of how I am wired up and what this means for becoming a better leader. Thorsten Mehltretter Managing Director | Client Coverage | ING Bank | Germany
Being a better leader is about changing yourself not those around you. Tiina Alahuhta-Kasko President | Marimekko Corporation | Finland

Read the full story of Tiina's experience at Mobilizing People

Mobilizing People teaches you change management; but most importantly it lets you experience it for yourself immediately. It is powerful and does not get any more real than this. I only wish I had done it sooner. Sanjay Bharwani Senior Vice President | Human Resources PT Bank Mandiri (Persero) TBK | Indonesia
Mobilizing People is a truly outstanding leadership program. Classroom lectures, outdoor group exercises and reflection phases are extremely well balanced and lead to an unforgettable and full experience. The program is a must for every aspirational senior manager to significantly enhance his/her leadership skills. Stephan Schlaefereit Vice President | Trade and Field Compliance JT International SA | Switzerland
For a person like me, who has worked in the hard boiled world of investments, hedge funds and finance for 17 years, the MP program was a prism that refracted the pale white light of life into a brilliant, full spectrum of colours. Having become more resilient would be an enormous understatement of how helpful and intriguing the program is! You should raise the price for the program, it's worth millions for each person... Aku Leijala Danske Invest Fund Management Ltd | Finland
Mobilizing People is a real eye-opener that I can only highly recommend. Through theoretical and practical exercises, you get to see sides of yourself you are not aware of. You leave with strength and vision, knowing this program will have sustained impact. Johnny Fauskanger Head of Commercial Gearbulk AG | China
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IMD's Mobilizing People program helps you to make a step change in your leadership. Focusing on issues that you identify, you will gain a better understanding of yourself and the dynamics of human behavior in different situations - and so make a sustained impact in your leadership performance.

During the program, you will:

  • Experience leadership situations and experiment with your role as a leader
  • Receive intense individual feedback and coaching
  • Renew your energy and learn to mobilize people toward key business goals

Past participants consistently report significant improvements in their overall effectiveness. They are having a more profound impact on those around them and experiencing a greater sense of balance between the competing domains of their lives. They are working smarter and making the right choices for the right reasons. And they are more self-aware, focused, passionate and committed - with the resilience to deal with the many challenges of their personal and professional lives.

Leadership issues that participants have worked on at MP include:

  • Understanding, at a deep level, how and why groups and teams behave the way they do and how that impacts leadership
  • Improving key interpersonal relationships in both work and private spheres
  • Exercising power wisely, shared leadership and developing organizational savvy competences
  • Becoming more self-aware: understanding and managing emotions better
  • Identifying sources of resilience to endure the loneliness that real leadership often demands
  • Making life transitions: determining what is wanted from working life and how to get to
  • Building the capability and confidence to lead complex change in organizations
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Mobilizing People's unique approach is built on leadership principles, learning in teams and an integrated approach to coaching.

Leadership principles

Mobilizing People is designed around the three leadership principles of experience, self-awareness and "change begins with me". Concise lectures and presentations are used to introduce key leadership concepts and frameworks that then deepen the central process of learning from experience. We help you become more aware and conscious of what is going on around you: picking up subtle cues, reading situations and understanding your own responses. And we help you to take a deep look inside yourself, to enable you to drive change in your team and organization.

Learning in teams

Leadership takes place in social situations, so we allow you to experience leadership in small and large teams - the basic building blocks of organizations and businesses.

Integrated approach to coaching

Through individual and small group consultations, highly qualified professional coaches will be available throughout the entire program to help you make sense of the different aspects of your leadership. They will support you and challenge you throughout. You will explore who you want to be as a leader, how to set the right goals for yourself and your team, and how to take effective action to make this happen.

Our Facutly

Our Faculty members are recognized world authorities in their fields. Dividing their time between teaching, research and working with international companies, they remain on top of the latest management trends. You can expect timely, innovative learning activities, materials and content in all IMD programs.

MP Program Director

Ginka Toegel

Organizational Behavior and Leadership

PhD Leipzig University, PhD London Business School

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The program fee (which can be found on the overview page) includes tuition, teaching materials, and lunch on weekdays. Travel or living expenses are not covered. You must settle your own hotel bills, both when in Lausanne and on off-campus assignments, as well as all dinners and lunches on weekends when applicable. IMD reserves the right to modify the program fee at any time.

Tentative reservation

To make a non-binding reservation, send us a completed tentative reservation form. This carries no obligation and is not a substitute for the formal application form.

Application & invoicing

Your application is forwarded to the Program Director who will evaluate it to ensure that the program corresponds to your objectives and profile. This can take approximately 1 week.

The Information & Registration office will notify you of the outcome of your application. If you are accepted, they will send your acceptance letter and invoice fee together by priority mail. From this point, your enrollment will be considered firm by both you and IMD.

Please pay the program fee within 30 days of the invoice date and no later than the commencement of the program. If you register within 1 month of the start of the program, you must settle the invoice immediately without exception. Payment can be made by bank transfer or credit card.

Up to six weeks before the program start date, a program coordinator will contact you with information on hotels and pre-program preparation. Please note that IMD reserves enough rooms for each participant on the program.

If accepted, you understand that you must be completely free of professional duties while attending this program and that you must attend all scheduled sessions and activities.

Cancellation & transfer policy

IMD must be notified in writing of all cancellations and transfers. If you are admitted to a program, but find that you are unable to attend, you have the following cancellation and transfer options:

Up to six weeks before program start:

  • Cancellation: You receive a full refund of the program fee.
  • Transfer: You may transfer to the next available session with no transfer fee.

Note: IMD programs tend to be fully booked well in advance. Space may not be available in a later session.

From six weeks to up to 11 days before program start:

  • Cancellation: You incur a 50% cancellation fee.
  • Transfer: You incur a 20% transfer fee.

Within 10 days before program start:

  • Cancellation: You incur a 50% cancellation fee.
  • Transfer: You incur a 20% transfer fee.


A participant can be substituted on the same program session without incurring any fees. The substitute needs to apply and be admitted.

Note: Once you have paid the program tuition fee, if you do not attend another program within 24 months, the program fee will be forfeited.

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