2398 Skill Seminar: Designing Your Life and Your Leadership Skills
Dipl.-Komm.-Wirt/in Bettina Wertheim
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09/30/21 to 09/30/21
Registration via LPIS
Notes to the course
Subject(s) Master Programs
Day Date Time Room
Friday 10/08/21 09:00 AM - 08:30 PM D2.0.038


People are beset by a myriad of choices in life — which career should I choose? What am I passionate about? What lifestyle do I want to create? What relationships do I want to build in my life… and with whom? In order to be effective, happy contributors to the global community, each person needs to design a vision of what a fulfilling life means to him or her, and make life choices accordingly. However, many people don’t consciously design their lives, but instead follow a default path based on what they think they should be doing, or on what they think is or isn’t possible.

This seminar is about developing a perspective towards life that will help your attitudes and actions become more aligned with your ultimate definition of an extraordinary life.

Learning outcomes

You will learn the power of being the author of your life distinct from being a passive recipient of your experiences. We will examine what it means (and what it takes) to succeed in a variety of life domains, including money, health, career, relationships, and physical fitness as well as learning and personal growth.

You will be introduced to a step-by-step approach to designing a vision, identifying obstacles and taking actions in areas you care about.

Ultimately, we want you to gain insight into who you are, what you want most, and how you might inadvertently and unwittingly get in your own way. We want you to learn how to confront the most vexing issues in your life, learn from them, and eventually transform your relationship to them. And we want to make sure that you have fun doing it.

Attendance requirements

Attendance of whole seminar is mandatory. Students who miss a seminar without explanation in advance will get "no-Show" in CEMS database.

Teaching/learning method(s)

Leading Your Life is a practical, step-by-step seminar, preceded by a written assignment. Through conversations, self analysis, group discussions, and writing exercises, you will begin to develop the skills for designing a fulfilling and impactful life vision.

The program provides an introduction and training on designing a vision, identifying obstacles, and tools to fulfilling on those visions – which are all skills that are also easily translatable to many other areas of life.

A willingness to be introspective and consider personal feedback and constructive critique are required.


• thorough completion of the written assignment prior to the seminar (30%)
• proactive participation in class (40%)
• willingness to be introspective and consider personal feedback (30%)

Prerequisites for participation and waiting lists

Submission of a written assignment prior to the seminar.

Only CEMS MIM students are eligible to enroll to this seminar.

Minimum 10, maximum 20 students. First come, first serve. There will be also a wait list (if needed). Full participation required for course accreditation.

Availability of lecturer(s)

Gabriella Jordan is the New York City-based Principal of Handel Group’s Education division. Bettina Wertheim is a Vienna/Berlin-based communications consultant, Regional Director Central Europe and a coach in training with the Handel Group.

Handel Group is an international corporate consulting and private coaching company that has developed a set of classes, seminars and workshops to teach students how to holistically design happy, fulfilling lives. HG’s programs and courses have been taught since 2006 at over 50 different programs in universities and learning institutions across the US, including MIT, Stanford Graduate School of Business and Medical schools, New York University, Columbia and Yale.

You can reach out directly via email to Gaby and Bettina at

The CEMS Office (WU CEMS office, (Building D1, 3rd floor, Room 3.010)) provides administrative support for this lecture.

Last edited: 2021-08-30