The Art of Leading Geeks

Quick facts

  • Duration 1-2 days
  • Class size: 10-25
  • Location: On site
  • Follow-up Coaching: Available on request
  • Award-winning book included: Leading Geeks

Who should attend?

  • Project managers
  • Technical leads
  • Business sponsors
  • Operations managers
  • Relationship managers
  • Technical executives
  • Product managers

Based on the critical insight that “Geeks are different”, this course teaches both technical and non-technical leaders the understanding and skills necessary to unlock the value of technology groups.

Without mastering the skills taught in this course, a leader risks squandering the company’s investment in technology teams by committing easily avoidable leadership blunders.

You will learn:

  • How to adapt your leadership style to the idiosyncrasies of geek culture
  • How to create a safe environment to unleash geek creativity
  • How to manage ambiguity to increase geek productivity
  • How to emphasize meaning and interdependence to foster geek motivation
  • How to protect and integrate geek teams into the wider organization


1-2 hour session combining presentation, discussion and experiential exercises

  • Dispelling the myths of leadership
  • How geeks are different
  • Geeks in groups
  • Power is useless
  • External representation of geek teams
  • Savvy facilitation of tasks and goals
  • The art of motivating geeks
  • Managing the unknown – the most important and least understood aspect of geek leadership