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IEEE SWISS STARS Thought Leader Workshop

At the invitation of the IEEE Lugano Student Branch and with the help of the Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) and IEEE Switzerland I ran a STARS Thought Leader workshop at the USI campus in Lugano. The workshop was sponsored by the IEEE Swiss section and Institute of Management and supported by the Faculty of informatics and ALaRI institute of University of Lugano the University of Lugano.

There were 15 participants from the Masters of Management and Masters of Informatics faculties. The workshop participants come from countries as far away as Brazil, America, Western and Eastern Europe.

Attendees learned how to effectively apply their knowledge; understand how the way they think influences the results they achieve; learned how to perform better in teams using self organizational methods including Scrum; found out what motivates people as well as how to improve their leadership skills with STARS. The workshop was a mixture of engaging theory and enjoyable exercises. Attendees received a copy of my book Reach for the STARS: Leadership and Management in the New Millennium


Participant comments:

"I would like to thank you for organizing this great event! It was really worth spending a whole day with this amazing lecturer who taught us a lot due to his international work experience. I would be glad if we could have further workshops like this in the future at USI."

Katharina, Master in Management

"It was really very beneficial and illuminating. I am sure that the presented information will be useful in all spheres of my life, and will become an integral part of my knowledge, and one of my key competences. Very interesting and practical. Far different than the lectures I was attending during my studies."

Armando, Master in Informatics

"STARS allowed the opportunity to look at leadership through another perspective.  The Workshop was worth every minute and I look forward to reading the book."

Bryce, Master in Management.

"Exactly what I am interested in. I am a Management master student, so all the information was relevant not only to my studies, but also to my interests."

Jessica, Master of Management student.

"I learned a lot about the leadership and the management theories and models, something that could be implemented into the practice."


"I really liked him. Prof. van Loon seems to be so experienced and knowledgeable. I really enjoyed this one and this day passed so fast for me (not like some other workshops I have previously attended), so it would be great to organize more of them. I give it a 9.5/10. I really enjoyed it. It was not only a theory, but also the workshop was full of examples and interactive games. Really worth it."

Aleksandar, Master in Management

"Great! Far more interactive than I could expect. Simple and fun exercises reminded me how to organize my work. And everything is so simple and obvious. Great lecturer! Despite his experience and knowledge very approachable and direct. The atmosphere during the workshop made me remember the quote from Confucious: “Tell me and I will forget, Show me and I will remember, Engage me and I will understand.”

 Igor, informatics PhD student

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              Thank you to the IEEE SWISS STARS Thought Leadership Workshop organizers!

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