This course deals with the challenges of personal sustainable work – especially for those who experience a mixture of long-term focused demands and short-term here-and-now work. It is a half-day or 3-hour online course.

The course addresses the different patterns to follow in order to reduce the cognitive load on the individual. It also tackles special circumstances for people who have particular roles and responsibilities in an organization. Everybody who works partly in a team and partly alone needs an understanding of this challenge and its possible solutions.

Students are taken through the fundamentals of creating a personal work rhythm, separating quick responder work from that which requires uninterrupted focus. This includes using advanced techniques to sort and prioritize requests. A balance between reacting fast and securing times for deep focus and concentration has to be constantly upheld.

A number of different little tools and life hacks are introduced to protect your sanity and ability to function in an ever more complex daily life. How to reduce the risk of falling into cognitive biases for example.

Different roles, executive, owner, etc. present different challenges. An overview is given and practical approaches to organizing personal work and important things to focus on.

Finally, a number of other supporting ideas, tools, and concepts are introduced for further exploration and study.

Introduction price DKK 2.000 (EUR 270) excl VAT

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Learning objectives

Understanding the foundational challenge of balancing the many demands on our time, so that our work-life can be sustainable without too much stress and frustration.


Create space for concentrated work, and split your time into intervals with a specific modus operandi.

The Toolbox

Apprehending a collection of patterns, tools, practices and templates that can facilitate this process. Understand the applicability of each.

Real Life

Start with something reasonable, that will work for you, then learn and iterate from there.


  1. Introduction and framing of the problem
    1. What do we want to achieve? Objectives?
    2. W. Edwards Deming’s PDSA Cycle
      1. Getting into a mode of constant learning
    3. John Boyd’s OODA Loop
      1. Developing a capability to respond fast but also rationalize in-depth
    4. Daniel Kahneman’s System 1 and System 2 model
      1. Fighting bias and noise in assessment and decisions
      2. Training your intuitive ability to decide
  2. A proposed strategy for personal work
    1. Separate event-driven work from concentrated work
    2. Observe, Orient, and React loop – OOR
    3. Concentrated, Uninterrupted Effort – CUE
    4. How to develop personal resilience
    5. Reflection
  3. Exercise and Discussion
    1. Impact estimation of PSW practices against objectives
  4. Interaction with Others
    1. The fundamental necessity of relationships
    2. Attitude – It starts with respect and trust
    3. Getting good feedback is a challenge - without that, no learning
      1. Providing transparency
      2. Providing Psychological Safety
    4. Announcing intent, being predictable
  5. How to operate in special circumstances
    1. When you have a leadership or traditional managerial role
      1. Special focus on the Public Sector
    2. When you are an executive
    3. When you are an owner or board member
    4. When you are a service provider or a traveler
    5. When you are a lone rider
      1. Small business owner, consultant, freelancer, student, etc.
    6. When you operate in a startup
    7. When much of your work happens online
    8. When sudden drops in chaos occur
  6. Introducing other helpful concepts
    1. Liberating Structures (
      1. Exercise trying out TRIZ – A Russian engineering trick
    2. Pomodoro
    3. Personal Agility
  7. Exercise, discussion, and Q&A


Please write a small essay of 500-1000 words outlining the outcome you got from this course. Deliver the essay before 4 weeks after the course and get a passed/not-passed evaluation with comments before 6 weeks after the course. Here is a proposed table of contents:

  1. Why do we need a model for personal work, in general, and you specifically?
  2. What principles and tools did you find could help you and why?
  3. In your circumstances, what is special? can you make use of any of the special case examples?

“Lost time is never found again.” — Benjamin Franklin

Prices and Conditions for Courses

  • Each public Agile Lean Leadership one-day course is offered at an Early-Bird price of EUR 680, NOK/SEK 7,100, or DKK 5,100 when registering more than a month before the course date, after that the prices are EUR 760, NOK/SEK 7,900 or DKK 5,700.
  • Each public Agile Lean Leadership two-day Course (ALLSM or ALLPO) is offered at an Early-Bird price of EUR 1,300, NOK/SEK  14,300, or DKK 9,700 when registering more than a month before the course date, after that the price is EUR 1,460, NOK/SEK 15,900 or DKK 10,800.
  • All Prices are excl. VAT.
  • Courses are delivered in Danish in Denmark and Norwegian in Norway unless there are participants that require English, then we will switch to English, which is the default language in all other territories.
  • Courses include meals, course materials, a certificate of participation, access to online resources, a free online Retrospective 2-3 weeks after the course and free participation in follow-up events for two years.
  • Participants can choose to sit an extra examination after each course. This consists of handing in a written assignment for review and assessment by the instructor and an independent instructor. The students will receive comments and a passed/failed note, grades are not given. The examination costs EUR 180, NOK/SEK 1.900 or DKK 1,350.
  • Registration is via email at and invoices are sent out from the organization arranging the training course. Payment has to be received before the start of the course.
  • Cancellation policy: Registration can be canceled up until one month before the start of the course without any fees. Cancellation between one month and two weeks before the course starts is charged with 50% of the course fee. Cancellation within the last two weeks before the course starts will be charged fully. Transfer to a later course can be negotiated, in case unforeseen circumstances appear.
  • For free events, we kindly ask participants to register via email at Registration can be canceled up to 24 hours before the event FOC. After that, a no-show fee of EUR 60, NOK/SEK 650 or DKK 450 will be invoiced.
  • The courses are also offered as internal, on-site courses for organizations and companies. A minimum of 10 participants are normally required. If you are interested, please contact us for further information, via email here… or find the right contact person here…

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