Examples


Although we compose all our lectures in consultation with the customer, we do have a number of topics we address most frequently (in 90 minutes, a day part, entire day or multi-day training). Lectures can also be given in the form of workshops. In a workshop, the focus is on the interaction with the participants. Below, you’ll find our most popular lectures:

1. The cycle of Leader and Organization
All leaders go through various cycles of experience on route to their optimal performance. Not just the leaders, but also the organization of which the leader is a part, goes through cycles. Such cycles have characteristic phases that can be described as an adventurous journey. We take our audience along the various stages or phases of the journey and show what competencies are required in the relevant phases and how they can be developed further. We show movie clips of fictitious heroes and heroines but also documentary footage of existing leaders. It is the most beautiful footage from the history of film and a way of learning that surpasses the verbal.

2. Paradoxes of Leadership and Policy
Leadership means balancing interests, making choices, and, where possible, reconciling contradictions. It is essential to have an eye for the nature of the contradictions and to avoid going for too easy solutions. Since every downside has an upside, this lecture or workshop focuses on using paradoxes in leadership and in policy development. Depending on the wishes of the customer, the focus can be put on sales and motivational paradoxes or more on the paradoxes of (inter)national policy-forming and strategy development. It is also possible to focus on the paradoxes that have a reconciling effect on cultural differences.

3. Serving and Value Driven Leadership
Society is changing significantly. Old securities are disappearing, the era of’’ Me’ is coming to an end and the provision of meaning, self-direction and interactivity take a central place in it. This means that leadership development and organizational change can no longer be designed in a top-down manner, but have to be designed based on a community of stakeholders. Key words for the recent decennium are ‘facilitating, serving and value driven’ leadership. This involves supporting communities of motivated people who bear the responsibility for an organizational development and who (inter)actively shape their own development. Leaders and employees want to make their views known and they want to share them. They are looking for common values, as a basis for their contribution. After all, it is becoming increasingly clear that, for the complex changes we are facing daily, the group intelligence is more effective than the intelligence of one individual leader.
In the lecture/workshop/training Serving Leadership, giving trust to the new generation is central. How do to you make sure that the people in the organization achieve maximum performance with pleasure and devotion? How do you make sure that you have a serving attitude without unnecessarily effacing yourself? How do you make sure to get good serving leaders as successor(s)? Beautiful clips are discussed, such as about Ricardo Semler, Fabio Barbosa and Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.

4. Female Leadership
We find it of great importance to give attention to the retardant and facilitating trends that exist with regard to increasing the number of women in executive positions and at the top. Moreover we allow our audience to enjoy inspiring film clips in which women shine. To us, the main thing is not to demonstrate that there is such a thing as specific female leadership. We simply want to show more footage of effective female leaders, one of the goals being that our brains accept those images more rapidly and more willingly. We show and discuss clips from television series like Commander in Chief, The Amazing Mrs. Pritchard and Political Animals, films like Mrs. Henderson Presents, The Lady and The Iron Lady. And from documentaries like The Iron Ladies of Liberia. We also train and practice skills to support the powers of women.

5. Coaching leadership
This lecture was designed for leaders and management coaches who wish to be inspired by the best from dozens of A-list movies. Since we frequently use examples from movies with educational themes in this lecture/workshop, the programme is also interesting to pedagogues and educational experts. We get many great examples from sports movies, which is why sports coaches will find it intriguing as well. We will show and discuss many positive examples of coaching, but also examples of how not do to it, or of culturally determined differences. In addition, we will show movie and television footage about topical matter.

6. Basic Educational and Leadership competencies
Since 2012, we have been organizing lectures ‘Parenting Image By Image’ (Beeld VoorBeeld Opvoeden) mainly for professional educators, trainers and pedagogues who wish to expand their repertoire with the narrative visual approach of the Double Healix model and for leaders who wish to better understand the underlying needs (of themselves and their employees) and who wish to translate educational principles into leadership. However, the lectures are also useful to people who wish to enrich their own personality with healthy educational images. Several questions that are central: how do we prepare our children to a more responsible way of life, when we have been hardly shown and given the good example? And: how can we get to know our most basic human needs better and fulfill them in a healthy, sustainable manner?

7. Presentations, speeches and non-verbal communication
This lecture, or workshop, consists of a combination of three parts that can also form separate lectures. On special request, we can also provide this lecture in collaboration with renowned actors and presentation trainers, allowing us to alternate film, lecture and master class. If the audience wants us to, we can also reflect on the behaviour of the various participants.

8. Jim Collins: Good-to-Great
The foundation of this lecture and workshop is formed by the results of the study conducted by economist Jim Collins about what makes a leader and a company fantastic, instead of just ‘good’. Moreover, we provide a development perspective from the fifth level – complex leadership – of the Double Healix model. If desired, we can also discuss the sixth leadership level (transcendent and paradoxical leadership) and policies that we distinguish?

9. The Power of Humour
In this lecture, we use hilarious examples to discuss why humor is such a formidable weapon and how it can be used in politics, professional life and in relationships. We show clips in which humor is used to avert a crisis, to sideline an opponent, to gain access to new realities and to make people happier.

10. The Laws of Power and the importance of Sustainable Leadership
When people obtain power, they often undergo a change. Power has the tendency to want to grow and to become sustainable in itself. However, sustainable power can have a destructive effect on society or an organization. That is why the pursuit of a sustainable society is at odds with the pursuit of sustainable power. In that view, power-oriented and sustainable leadership oppose each other. They are gameplays with different rules and different objectives. Still, it is of the essence to master both gameplays.

11. Cultural differences – an essential side effect
Based on the main dimensions, we consider differences and resemblances in human behaviour between cultures and cultural styles. And we investigate how this affects the leadership styles among other things. We also organize workshops on this in our own small movie theatre of De Plannensmederij/The Netherlands. The spoken language is English.

12. Leadership in The West Wing
Never before did a TV show receive so many Emmy awards as The West Wing. The show follows the policy of the fictitious president Bartlet (played by Martin Sheen). His staff consists of a group of extremely talented, devoted and attuned serving leaders, who have to make the most difficult decisions on a daily basis. Over the past years, Victor van Doorn and Isodoor Jonker have specialized in the show, analyzing the different forms of leadership and teamwork it depicts. Spoken language: English.

13. Leadership is Life Art
Leadership requires great interpersonal skills, but also strong discipline, stress tolerance, positivity, vision and humor. In fact, good leadership is synonymous to life art. We will explain this theorem based on a number of film clips and life philosophies. We also try to have people experience that one can’t learn life art through a recipe. It is a contradictory and public secret that has to be rediscovered by every single person in his or her own way, time after time…

14. The creating thought: Synchronicity and Leadership
Buddhism has two ways to achieve Karma: the first is that, by actually performing an act, we affect the network of cause and effect and the second is that we act just by thinking. Especially for leaders, teachers and educators, Buddhism sees that having the proper thoughts is inevitable. In this lecture, we will discuss the interesting phenomenon of synchronicity.

15. The Director as Leader
Leading a team of various articulate specialists, performing in a creative and inventive manner under significant time pressure, and at the same time, remaining the manager with vision for an entire crew and cast. There are little professions that hold so many challenges as the one of director. Robin Pera and Victor van Doorn tell about their experiences as seasoned and novice director. In doing so, they will mainly discuss the paradoxical leadership competencies from the Double Healix model, such as steering with a free reign, doing business in an animated manner, convergent divergence and serving leadership.

16. A movie night with depth
For organizations and groups, an entire movie can be shown, which can then be discussed in depth and supplemented with inspiring clips from other movies, illustrating similar situations and learning processes.


Double Healix also advises in the design of Management Development programmes for major organizations such as the Public Service Office of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, SHV-Gas, Ahold, Logica CMG, Deloitte, USG People and TNT. One of our strengths is our ability to translate areas of tension into constructive paradoxes. In addition, our Double Healix model is used by companies to structure the subjects and phases of long-term programmes. We produce many of the larger programmes in collaboration with other leadership consultants.

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