SOI-083 Master Mind

Instructor Oksana Tokarchuk
Modality In presence
Duration 12 hours
Period Second semester

21/02/2024 at 19:00-21:00
29/02/2024 at 19:00-21:00
07/03/2024 at 17:00-19:00
14/03/2024 at 17:00-19:00
20/03/2024 at 19:00-21:00
27/03/2024 at 17:00-19:00

Details Course Code: SOI-083

Course objectives

The objective of this course is to improve participants’ ability to plan, embrace goal-oriented thinking, capacity to reach goals and rely on a team in goal achievement through participation in a Mastermind and application of Agile approach for self-management.

A Mastermind (where mastermind stays for “outstanding mind”) is a group of people united by something in common: an idea, work, worldview, and so on. Nowadays it is widely used by startups’ leaders, businessmen, managers, and others to gain some new knowledge, solve a problem, just look at the situation from a different angle – to rely on the power of collective wisdom.

The essence of the method is simple – several people hold periodic meetings. During the meetings, each member of the group can ask a question, and others will answer them. Also, all participants can discuss some ideas, share thoughts, talk about their experiences.

Agile approach to self-management is based on setting goals for short periods of time, the so-called sprints. During the sprint participants will meet in a Mastermind on a weekly basis to set their goals, publicly commit to them, report on weekly goals achievement, reflect on the efficiency and effectiveness of their path towards the goals, and to exchange experience.

As such the present course aims at developing the following soft skills:

  • Goal setting
  • Goal-oriented thinking
  • Active listening
  • Self-reflection
  • Self-direction
  • Coaching oneself and others

The present course consists of six Mastermind meetings organized in two sprints of three weeks each. Course participants will be divided in teams of 4-6 persons (a Mastermind group) and will work with this team for the whole duration of the course. During the first lecture participants will set their personal goals they will want to achieve during the course.

This course aims to develop the following soft skill: self-direction, active listening, problem solving, creativity, team work.

Participants will learn to set goals in their personal and/or professional life and improve their productivity.

Content summary

The course is built on a mutual exchange between participants and the lecturer on pursuing personal goals. However, some basic knowledge on goal-setting, active listening, coaching oneself and others and other topics on self-management that may come out from discussions in Masterminds will be provided in a form of short lectures.

Teaching methods

Short lectures, practice in teams


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