New as a CEO

IGNITE C-Leadership

A new CEO Programme to elevate your game as a CEO through sharpened awareness in 4 dimensions: Purpose-awareness, Self-awareness, Social awareness, Context-awareness

A strong partner for your success

What`s unique about IGNITE: From the C-suite for the C-suite


Led by
C-level Master Coaches
+ Boardroom Insiders


3-month Programme “designed-to-impact”

  • 2 Residencies of 6 days in total
  • 1:1 Coaching throughout
  • Digital Guide for daily self-management

elite group of
12 C-level Executives

Becoming CEO

throws you into a completely different arena driven by unprecedented complexity + accountability. Your impressive track record brought you here – but as a CEO, you’ll have to elevate your game.

As a CEO you have to lead in a paradox context: You are fully responsible for your company – but your control is limited. You have more power than anybody else – but you better use it carefully. You have access to any information – but do you know what’s really going on? You have to align your company around a clear purpose for future success – but shareholders push for short-term profits.

As a leader you have learned how to navigate through paradoxes. But as a human – which you still are – you will experience your environment as an echo chamber, highly pressurized, at times overwhelming. You risk to catch the CEO disease – a fixed mindset: In a state of drained energy and without open feedback you are tempted to drift into unconscious “autopilot” behaviours that can harm your leadership effectiveness and limit your positive impact on others.

Taking time to make your leap into a growth mindset will help you to become a Conscious Leader, aware of what matters most to your company, your team and yourself. Bridging the awareness gap – from compulsion to choice – is key to your sustainable success and personal fulfillment as a CEO.

IGNITE helps you elevating your game as a CEO

Risk of falling short

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Most new CEOs perceive themselves in their first 6 to 12 months in the new job as underperforming on own and other’s expectations – frictions, mental stress and a lack of personal reflection make most CEOs focus exclusively on the WHAT, not the equally crucial HOW.

Mastering transition

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IGNITE supports you in boosting your early-stage transition effectiveness as a CEO: it helps you to face the challenges that come with your role and to master frictions – not by telling you how to tackle the “hard stuff”, like developing a strategy or reviewing your portfolio…


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… but by providing you with a designed-to-impact space for self-reflection, introspection + inspiration – to elevate your game through sharpened awareness how to lead from purpose, how to lead yourself and others, and how to lead for contribution in the C-suite.

Customized approach

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IGNITE offers a systematic approach throughout 3 months to lift your self-awareness and self-management to a higher level. It combines 2 Residency Modules off-the-job, 1:1 coaching and 12 weeks digitally guided daily practices – thus creating immediate return for your company, your peers, your team and yourself.


Lead from the Core


Lead Self


Lead Others

Social awareness

Lead for Contribution


How IGNITE boosts your impact

Bridge your awareness gap. You strengthen your impact as a CEO through sharpened awareness in 4 dimensions: Purpose-awareness, Self-awareness, Social wareness, Context-awareness.

Insights from the insiders. You work with boardroom insiders, leading C-level coaches and advisors. IGNITE is rooted in 20+ years of coaching and consulting CEOs and their teams.

Personal Coach. Throughout your 3-month programme, you are supported by your personal coach, Kai Dierke or Anke Houben. Your coach will become your trusted advisor who accelerates your learning.

Select group of 12 CEOs. You will be part of an exclusive group of 12 CEOs only, with similar experiences and challenges. This is a safe, inspiring space for exchange and community building on eye-level.

Practice for lasting impact. Beyond 2 Live Modules and 1:1 Coaching, you are supported by our Digital Guide, offering daily practices to lift your self-awareness and self-management on-the-job in 12 weeks.



3 months
2 Residencies
1:1 Coaching
Digital Guide for daily practice



at the Baltic Sea


Next start

September 2020
Programme in English
Coaching in German or English

You and your peer group

You are the peerless senior executive at the top of your organization. You may be CEO of a mid-cap company, a successful entrepreneur or owner of a large family business. You made the leap into the CEO role within the last 12 months or expect your transition soon.

But you understand: Delivering short-term results is not enough – managing the business is only the easiest part of your job. Your accountability reaches far beyond the obvious. You are aware that in face of ambiguity and disruption any fixed routine thinking – even if rooted in past success – is a risk. Your dedication is to leave more than a trace. And you know: developing your unique leadership footprint starts with strengthening your inner core and self-awareness.

You will join an exclusive and select group of 12 CEOs only, with similar experiences and challenges. Thus, we offer you a safe and inspiring space for eye-level exchange and personal growth. Your peers share your aspirations and will support you to accelerate your learning process – as you will support theirs`.

1:1 coaching
+ peer work


360° Feedback

Module 1


Module 2

Digital Self-learning
+ Coaching

Module  3



Alumni Circle
Network + Events

Conscious action
through reflection

Programme structure

Your 3-month Personal Growth Journey

Prior to the start of Module 1, you will prepare with a Check-In Questionnaire and a 360° Feedback from the people that matter most to you – providing you with data how you and others perceive you.

In Residency Modules 1+3, your programme leads and coaches will support you with current leadership thinking and a blend of methods, including INSEAD group coaching, Harvard case-in-point teaching, attention training and mindfulness practices. You will have ample time to reflect and renew.

During Module 2, the 3-month Self-learning Phase between the two Residency Modules, you will be supported by 1:1 Coaching and our tailored Digital Guide: Each day you are offered input, tasks for reflection and train-the-brain micro-techniques to lift your self-awareness and self-management. You will feel the impact day by day.

After the programme, you will be invited to join our exclusive Alumni Circle. Thus, you will stay connected with your peer group and meet with former participants to refresh or deepen your learnings and to have frank, reflective exchange.


Dr Kai W. Dierke
C-level Coach + Advisor,
Professor for Leadership


Dr Anke Houben
C-level Coach + Advisor,
Professor for Leadership

We strongly believe that times of disruption call for the Conscious Leader

Leaders who are true game changers at the top display a unique blend of  strengthened awareness:
They are aware of their individual purpose to build strength from within. They are aware of their self, their own strengths and limiting patterns. They are aware of the complex social dynamics in the world around them. And they are aware of the demanding leadership context they want to contribute.

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