Leadership Coaching & Development Programme

Design thinking training

The world is fast-changing, so are the business models. Leaders shall always keep their managing and operation models updated to stay ahead in the competitive business world. Design thinking training offers a platform to equip leaders with a more comprehensive understanding of design thinking, and enables them to apply the strategy they have learned to their business and services.

Joining design thinking course in HKU

Design thinking training is known as innovation training, our training programme enables leaders to add value to their business by improving their innovation processes in their teams. Joining HKU design thinning training can help to enhance the efficiency and productivity of your team and you will learn numerous insightful concepts of design thinking from our experienced experts.

The Benefits of our Design Thinking Training

  • Improve productivity Stay customer-centric
  • Faster & more effective solutions to problems
  • Increase ROI
  • Certificate issued by HKU
Our design thinking training included the most comprehensive Enterprise Design Thinking topics, which helps to accelerate leaders’ business and plan a customer-centric business strategy with different people’s objectives. ​​The course will also teach leaders how to adapt design thinking and problem-solving tools to address their challenges, optimise user experience and improve the quality in products, strategies, teams and working environmental aspects. Upon the completion of our design thinking training, participants will be awarded a certificate in Design Thinking.

What you will learn in our design thinking training

During the course, participants will come across different topics related to design thinking, such as creativity and innovation, how to produce new ideas, how to explore possibilities by brainstorming, etc. After finishing the course, participants should be able to… Apply creative thinking tools Figure out potential risks and opportunities Criticise the current situation and give advice from an innovative perspective Understand the principles and fundamental notion of design thinking


Leadership Coaching & Development Programme

Programme Date(s)

Q4 2023 (2 days - 3 hours per day)

Programme Fee


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Delivery Approach



Instead of traditional command-and-control working style, today’s leaders are expected to ignite the spark and foster the passion of their teams. This transition from management to leadership represents a significant challenge in leadership development. 

One major bottleneck concerns the lack of coaching and development for middle managers. Managers are often promoted due to their high performance, yet are suddenly required to lead a team of people, requiring an entirely new skillset.

Talent retention is another matter of concern. The pandemic has brought about the Great Resignation, with turnover at an all-time high. Senior executives are facing tremendous task of attracting and retaining talent. At its core, this requires building a strong company culture, which fundamentally starts from the top.


  • Middle and Senior Managers who are (newly) promoted and desire to learn and consolidate leadership coaching skills
  • Middle and Senior Managers who will be promoted or are preparing for a role change
  • Middle and Senior Managers who are responsible for teams


After completing the programme, you will develop the ability to:

  • build trust with team members
  • communicate and deliver constructive feedback as a team leader
  • inspire the team to think outside the box and see issues from different angles
  • design and promote an engaging corporate culture
  • lead your own productive team(s)

A Certificate of Attendance will be presented to the participants who achieve 100% attendance.

All programmes are non-credit bearing.


This dynamic and interactive programme will provide Middle and Senior Managers the tools to be effective leaders, by addressing the critical elements of managerial success.

Day 1: Transition from an Individual Contributor to a Collaborative Team Leader

  • Building trust with your team as the cornerstone to accountability and ownership
  • Delivering feedback to your team effectively
  • Holding difficult and courageous conversations with the team

Day 2: Leading your Team from Good to Great

  • Inspiring teams through strategy and vision
  • Developing a thriving team/corporate culture
  • Maintaining an engaging and productive workforce


This programme consists of a rich combination of coaching frameworks, group discussions, role plays and case studies. Such developmental experiences aim to provide you with the opportunity to critically apply the frameworks and tools towards making an impact to yourself and your team.

You may be interested in joining another programme – “Collaborative Leadership: Create A Cohesive Growth Culture” as well.


Dr. Bonnie Hayden CHENG

Management and Strategy
MBA Programme Director
Associate Professor

  • PhD, University of Toronto
  • M.A., University of Toronto
  • BSc., University of Toronto

Dr. Cheng is an Associate Professor of Management and MBA Programme Director at HKU Business School. She is also Chief Resilience Officer at Human at Work.

She obtained her PhD degree in Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management from the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. Her research is dedicated to corporate wellness. This includes helping senior executives level up their leadership and creating cultures and teams that thrive in the workplace. She has published in top-tier journals such as the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, and Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Her research has been featured in leading media sources such as The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, The New York Times, and Harvard Business Review.

She has consulted for Fortune 500 companies such as UBS and AIA, as well as companies including DHL, Hong Kong Airlines, and Konica Minolta.


Full programme fee:

HK$5,400 per participant


Type Discount Eligibility
Bundle HK$400 A participant registers for all 3 programmes under the Online Leadership Series
Early Bird 10% Registration has to be submitted before 5 March 2023.
Group 15% Minimum of three participants from the same organisation registering for the programme.
HKU Alumni and Staff 15% Please indicate your alumni status in your registration, and we will advise and confirm on your eligibility.

*Only one type of discount can be applied per enrollment. The discount cannot be used in conjunction with other promotions, discounts or offers. In the event of a dispute, provision of the discount(s) is subject to the sole discretion and final decision of HKU Business School.


Mr. Adrian CHAN
Phone: +852 3962 1230
Email: adcwc@hku.hk

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