Open Lecture: Lennart Briesenick

Tuesday, 20th Nov 2018

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Happy Teams – A story from Olympic sailing
Team work is essential in today’s world across the entire spectrum of society. Most of us have our own experiences with team work and for many it is a regular part of their everyday life.
Professional (Olympic) sailing provides an interesting environment to support and observe teams operating in high-pressure situations as the sport comes with a great deal of complexity. A gold medal is the ultimate (extrinsic) goal for every serious Olympic sailor. This naturally imposes pressure on ambitious athletes originating from themselves as well as additional outside pressure like sponsors and media.
Lennart will share some simple frameworks about internal team communication on and off the water and tell stories of creating a culture with positive energy. These principles were developed in the context of sailing but he believes that they are applicable to team dynamics in different contexts. The talk should be a starter to a good discussion about experiences with teams in other areas.
Lennart Briesenick:
Since a young age, Lennart has been involved with sailing leading him to pursue a path in professional sports in the Olympic 49er class until 2012. As an adviser and coach, he worked for the German national team until 2015 parallel to his studies before becoming Danish 49er national coach for the preparation and Rio Olympics 2016.
Lennart holds a business degree with a focus on innovation and got immersed into the interdisciplinary and user-centered approach to product and service development using design thinking at the Hasso Plattner Institute. His latest experience and research dealt with how user-centered design approaches (i.e. design thinking) and evidence-based product development (i.e. lean startup) are applied in large corporations. He now helps curate programs for events and conferences at Innovation Roundtable® which is the leading network exclusively for innovation practitioners in large firms.
Lennart also enjoys all kinds of water sports, flying gliders, climbing, and telemark skiing whenever conditions fit well.

When: Tues. November 20th 2018, 17-18.

Where: CIID, Toldbodgade 37B, Ground Floor, 1253 Copenhagen K.

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