Meet the Energy Leaders

Beschikbaarheid van schone, betrouwbare en betaalbare energie voor 9 miljard mensen in 2050 is een van de grootste uitdagingen van nu. Sommige oplossingen worden vandaag al toegepast en vele worden ontwikkeld door de nieuwe generatie ondernemers, beleidsmakers, ingenieurs en wetenschappers.

Hoe realiseren we deze grote uitdaging, wie zijn de smaakmakers in deze transitie en wie zorgen voor deze beweging? ‘Meet the Energy Leaders’ is een reeks van gastcollege’s die het Delft Energy Initiative organiseert. De gastlezingen bieden een platform voor wereldwijde leiders in de transitie naar een duurzaam energiesysteem.

23 februari - Roebyem Anders

Chief Mission Officer at Sungevity International
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11 april - Maurits Groen

co-founder en co-CEO WakaWaka BV
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17 november - James Maughan

Senior Executive and General Manager Turbine Airfoil Development GE Power, Schenectady, NY

25 September 2017 - Marjan van Loon

President Directeur Shell Nederland

8 June 2017 - Aart van Veller

Founder & CCO Vandebron

7 april 2017 - Peter Molengraaf

CEO Alliander

13 februari 2017 - Jorgen Randers

Former President BI Norwegian Business School
Full member of the Club of Rome

10 november 2016 - Søren Hermansen

Directeur, Energy Academy, Samsø
CO2 neturaal eiland Samsø Denemarken

19 september 2016 - Jasper van den Munckhof

Programma directeur Energiesprong programma
Bestuursled Stroomversnelling

24 juni 2016 - Steven Chu

Nobelprijswinnaar, U.S. minister van Energie, Stanford University

25 mei 2016 - Nicholas Ashford

Professor, MIT

13 mei 2016 - Vinod Philip

CTO, Siemens Power & Gas Business

4 april 2016 - Henk Kamp

Minister van Economische Zaken

Course description

Successful scientists have and use excellent interaction skills; they realize their indispensability for acquiring and sharing knowledge and their crucial role in creating new ideas. Today’s successful scientists have a high level of so called ‘effective interdependency’.
In this two-day course, you will be provided with methods, techniques and exercises that will help you to enhance your interaction skills within your working environment, in particular in 1-to-1 situations with e.g. your daily supervisor/promoter and colleagues. You will get practical training and advice that suits your own situation, leading to a better interpersonal effectiveness. In the course, we facilitate  the development of your interdependence skills using Stephen Covey’s habits of effectiveness.
The first day we will focus on the journey from dependency to independency, with the concepts of circle of influence and proactivity. Then we will introduce the ‘emotional bank account’ as a concept to influence and manage 1-to-1 relationships. We will practice basic interaction skills in a role play. During day two, we will build towards interdependency with the concept of win/win, empathic listening and synergy. Role play situation, using your own examples, are utilized to practice new behaviour in a safe environment. In between the course days, you are invited to practice your new skills during interaction situations in your daily work. 

Course preparation

In preparation of this course, we advise you to purchase and start reading “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen R. Covey, ISBN 978-1451639612.
During the course, please be prepared to share your concrete development goals regarding your interaction in your research team. Without concrete interaction concerns this course will be less valuable to you. Furthermore bringing in your own specific situations will serve as material for practice and learning of all participants.
You will be asked to do a homework assignment in between the two course days and bring your results with you to the second course day.

Course objectives

This course leads to an improvement of your interpersonal skills, such as:

  • being more proactive;
  • being more assertive;
  • being a better listener; 
  • being more attentive.

These skills will enhance your ability to be in charge of your own academic role and have influence within your research team. You will know how to actively manage (as opposed to being managed by) your supervisors and colleagues and you will make use of the different roles and interests you will be confronted with in a positive way.

Teaching method

We use the theoretical framework given by Stephen Covey. Examples are taken from your personal daily research context: the PhD programme and the TU Delft environment in which it takes place. In order to reach a sustainable change of behaviour, it is not enough to transfer theory and/or practice new skills. That’s why we will also touch on the ‘deeper’ layers (i.e. beliefs, characteristics, values and drives). Therefore, we make use of coaching techniques and a variety of (interactive) didactic methods to help you step out of your comfort zone.

Course Enrolment

Course registration of Graduate School Doctoral Education (GS DE) courses is via Blackboard.

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About the Lecturer(s)/Coach(es)

Sandra de Koning has graduated as a Master in Mathematical Engineering. After building a business career with experience in (project)management and consultancy, in the fields of operations, technical, IT, HR and management development, she started her own coaching and training bureau. She specializes in training and coaching individuals and organizations in change processes. She is also active as a university lecturer in a variety of subjects relating her specialty.

Barbara van Laere obtained a Master’s degree in Work, Organizational and Personnel Psychology in 1992. She started her career as an HR consultant in the financial world. In 2006, she founded her own Coaching and Training practice. She facilitates  individuals, teams and organizations to align their passion and talents to excel and fulfil their true potential.
Barbara works using a positive and interactive approach. She challenges clients to translate theoretical models and concepts into personal insights and learning objectives.