"I'll bet most of the companies that are in life-or-death battles got into that kind of trouble because they didn't pay enough attention to developing their leaders."
Wayne Calloway
Former Chairman / Pepsico


We believe that investing in leaders is the most impactful yet most commonly overlooked tool (startup) companies have in building successful, resilient organisations.

Generic leadership trainings that don’t take into account the specific nature and challenges of venture-backed organisations can’t properly address the needs of team leads who work under constant pressure to ship.

That’s why we started MindTheLeader as a network of professionals and coaches with operational startup background. People who have walked the walk before they talk the talk.

Say "Hi" if you'd like to learn more.

upcoming programs

HR & People Operations

Summer 2018

6-month program
kick-off june 29th – july 1st in berlin

As People Operations and HR Leaders in fast-growing businesses, you are facing a tough challenge: You are expected to be the reasonable and objective go-to person when sh*t hits the fan. You need to protect both the business interest of the company and the work environment of the employees, enabling our teams to thrive and achieve. Your role, by design, has no peers in the organisation.

A solid People Operations leader is both a high-performing director over a variety of functions and tasks as well as a sounding board to the CEO and the entire organisation. But way too often you find yourself struggling handling everything operational and at the same time driving a strategic People agenda that supports the business and its culture.

Neither academic studies nor traditional HR work have really prepared you for this challenge! At the same time, the demand from the business side keeps increasing.

If this sounds familiar, this program is for you.

MindTheLeader designed a program to address the needs of People Ops leaders, combining guided introspective work, peer coaching and case study consultation.

We offer a closed, confidential environment which they can turn to for personal growth, navigating the role, learning best-practices and building a solid network of peers that will last beyond the program.

  • A professional, experienced peer group with leaders facing similar challenges
  • Guided introspective work and a safe space for sharing your utmost concerns
  • Basic coaching training
  • Professionally facilitated coaching sessions & supervision
  • Peer consultation on real People Operations challenges from your organisation
  • “Emergency” group consultations in between sessions
  • On-demand 1-on-1 coaching (billed separately)
  • A trusted network of peers that will last longer and is more committed than randomly facilitated meetups

You will be joining an exclusive, focused, learning group of peers - all owning the People function within their organisations.

Over the course of 6 months we will work on understanding mental models and becoming aware of personal biases and common pitfalls that are limiting your leadership capacity and business impact.

You will learn basic coaching methodology and support each other in navigating critical incidents in your work. Weekly journaling exercises will keep you committed to ongoing self-inquiry and introspective work.

At the end of the 6 months you will have a trusted community of peers you can turn to for support even when the program is over.

Our facilitators are experienced People Operations leaders themselves with a solid background in coaching and designing training and learning experiences in fast-growing businesses.

From venture capital firms to leading start-ups within the tech and digital spaces, they have lead people organisations, scaled companies and advised founders and teams across a series of markets.

Jenny Buch

Anna Löw

Jenny Jung



The program is designed for People Ops leaders in startup businesses with 50+ employees. To be eligible for participation you have to be leading the People / HR / Culture function in your company—that doesn’t mean you have to have an HR title or focus on HR only.

The program includes:

  • Kick-off weekend in Berlin
    Friday June 29th, 2018, 5pm to
    Sunday July 1st, 12pm (in person)
  • 6 months of bi-monthly peer coaching sessions (remotely facilitated via video conference)
  • "Emergency" group consultations in between sessions
  • Group consultation on case studies from the participants’ organisations (individually scheduled)

A commitment to the kick-off weekend as well as 80% of the peer-coaching sessions are mandatory. The entire program will be available for 600€/month net.

Accomodation, travel and lodging at the kick-off will be covered by the participants separately. Upon confirmation participants will be billed for the first 3 months, after that on a monthly basis.

Not sure if this is for you? Get in touch and we'll find out together!

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