Learn with Lindegaard: A Silicon Valley Immersion Program

A custom-tailored program for executives, future leaders and high-level corporate innovation teams!



Next Dates

  • June 2019
  • Open dates for your own corporate tour


USD 5,500

(hotel and travel costs not included)

Here is an exclusive opportunity to engage in a highly personalized Silicon Valley learning experience with global thought leader Stefan Lindegaard and to tap into his extensive expertise.

This five-day program prepares you to be a successful leader in today’s rapidly changing business world. You will spend the first four days on a tour of Silicon Valley, immersing yourself in the Valley’s unique ecosystem and acquiring critical knowledge and skills firsthand from some of the world’s most ingenious companies. On the fifth day, you are on your own, but as preparation Stefan will work with you privately to provide personalized advice specifically tailored to the needs of you and your company.

As part of this comprehensive program, you will:

Gain insights

Gain insight into the best business strategies, talent management practices, corporate innovation approaches and organizational designs for today as well as the future.

Acquire a new mindset

Acquire a new mindset and build further upon the tools you need to maximize your effectiveness as as a team member and a leader.

Learn how to develop

Learn how to develop – and work in – a sustainable organization that has a high tolerance for uncertainty and constant disruption.

This is an outstanding opportunity to learn about emerging technology trends, network with cutting-edge people, and even build new partnerships for your company.

Stefan’s inspiring, hands-on approach will empower you to take your new insights, perspectives, and learnings home, and apply them at your own organization.


Why Silicon Valley? 

Today, change happens fast, competition is fierce, and disruption is a constant threat. How can you stay ahead in such a shifting landscape? By adopting the Silicon Valley mindset!

This mindset is rooted in one word: impact. By leveraging new technologies, talent, strong ecosystems, agile leadership, and ingenious approaches to business, Silicon Valley impacts entire industries in ways that shape the world. For a company to thrive—or even survive—in the next decade, its leaders will need to understand the Silicon Valley mindset and be able to put it to work.

Can this approach work outside of Silicon Valley?

While we can’t replicate Silicon Valley itself, you can definitely apply the same winning principles anywhere in the world and achieve similar success. Understanding the Silicon Valley mindset will help you rethink your business strategies, revisit your approaches to talent management, and change the way you interact with and attract new customers.

Key program elements

Talent Management

A key takeaway: Talent is integral to an organization’s success. Your company’s future depends upon the people you can attract and retain. So, what traits and skills matter most? How can you optimize the effectiveness of people and teams? What are the right ways to lead people? How can you identify and develop intrapreneurs? You will learn the answers to these questions and gain insights into other talent management issues that are critical to ensuring your company’s success.

Digitalization and New Technologies

Many of the things that sound like science-fiction to us now will become a reality at some point during the lives of today’s youth. Widespread hyper-connectivity and new technologies such as virtual and augmented reality, machine learning and AI, robotics, self-driving cars, blockchain, additive manufacturing, and IoT are the catalysts fueling disruption. These are new topics for many corporate innovation teams and they need to excel here to become valuable for their company. You will get an introduction to what matters today and you will experience how some of the best companies use and work with the latest technology trends and discover how you can apply them at home to create new opportunities for your own business.

Transformational Leadership

Leaders today and in the future will be forced to navigate in a landscape of high-uncertainty. There are two key elements for success in such a volatile environment. First, you must be able to attract and retain the best talent possible. And, you must utilize cutting-edge technologies to create groundbreaking products and services that outrun and outplay those of your competitors (both known and unknown).

Never has it been more challenging, nor more intellectually stimulating, to be a business leader than it is today. Not everyone is up for the challenge, and many will be replaced in the coming years. So, the question is: Are you up for it?

Startup Inspiration

What is the secret sauce that makes the best startups so successful? Our program will give you a chance to find out through discussions with the startups themselves. You will also learn the perspectives of the players in the ecosystems that enable their success. One key to the secret is understanding that no one can do it alone.

Corporate Innovation Management

How to go from surviving to thriving? To stay ahead in a world of disruption, you need to increase the speed of implementation and be able to seize and react to new opportunities. We will look at the next practices for corporate innovation based on global inspiration and with a special focus on talent management, leadership styles, organizational models, and the external partnerships needed to define a successful corporate innovation strategy and approach.

Communication and Branding

Because communication today is more critical than ever before, effective communication capabilities are vital to your company’s innovation efforts (as well as to your own leadership approach in general). We will explore ways to create an active communication platform in the context of your innovation activities with both internal and external stakeholders.

Personal Transformation

To excel as a leader in an era driven by digital technologies, you will need to reinvent yourself and create a new career image. A solid networking and learning strategy is key to personal transformation. As part of this program, you will receive coaching in the most efficient ways to network and learn. You will also get insights on the best ways to build your personal reputation as an influencer and how to convincingly sell your vision and ideas.

A program example

  • Day 1

    08.45 – 10.30: Get in the Zone to Win with Geoffrey Moore

    11.00 – 12.30: The Mobility Impact (Beyond Cars) by Sven Beiker

    13.00 – 13.45: The Stanford University Campus Experience

    14.00 – 16.30: How Big Corporates Work with Startups – The Plug & Play Accelerator

    17.00 – 19.00: A Walk and Talk on the Google Campus

  • Day 2

    09.00 – 11.00: Digital Business Models and Immersive Computing – Facebook perspectives

    11.30 – 13.30: The IoT Impact – Design Thinking with SAP

    14.00 – 15.00: Developing the Talent the World Needs by Udacity

    15.00 – 17.00: The Silicon Valley Approach to Talent – a workshop with Lindegaard and friends

  • Day 3

    09.00 – 12:00: Big Data, Machine Learning and AI – a workshop with Quid and other companies

    13.00 – 14.30: Communication and Branding for Corporate Innovation Efforts – Cisco and Salesforce

    15.00 – 17.00: Transformational Leadership – a discussion with Silicon Valley executives

  • Day 4

    09.00 – 11:30: How Silicon Valley Really Works – Silicon Valley Bank, Silicon Foundry and friends

    11.30 – 13.30: VC’s and Startups – cases on their interactions

    14.00 – 17.00: Corporate Innovation in Silicon Valley with Lindegaard and friends

    17.00 – 17.30: Closing Remarks – End of Program

  • Day 5

    Stefan Lindegaard will help you set up private visits for the fifth day of the week. You can also work with him on a private, fully tailored tour for your company.

“You don’t need a digital strategy; you need a strategy for a digital age.”

– Stefan Lindegaard