ICAN Neuroleadership Academy™

Advanced training for experienced leaders - harness the power of neuroscience for effective management.

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Launch: 19.04.2024

Class location: Warsaw

10 two-day sessions
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Neuroscience in management and business. Training for executives

Management relies heavily on psychology, one of the foundations of which is knowledge of the brain. Therefore, understanding how the brain works and what processes occur in it is the key to leading effectively and creating efficient organizations.

ICAN Neuroleadership Academy™ is a top management training course that teaches you how to use neuroscience discoveries in management. You will learn the groundbreaking model of transformational leadership and receive neural tools and checklists ready for immediate implementation. With these, you'll build a sense of mission and meaning at work, authentically engage employees and unleash the potential hidden in every team member - including yourself!

Thanks to the program you will avoid one of the most serious mistakes of leaders!

Assessing self-efficacy is very difficult, and most leaders fall into the trap of mistaken, idealized beliefs about themselves. According to a study by the Potential Project:

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Leaders believe it motivates employees well....

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...But so many employees disagree!

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Workers would rather fire boss than get a raise

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Employees are sincerely committed

What you and your company will gain by applying neuroscience to management

Knowledge and tools from neuroscience will allow you to increase efficiency at the leader-team-organization levels.

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Benefits for the manager

You will achieve the highest level of leadership with expert support and the opportunity to benefit from individual diagnostics.

  • You will learn a groundbreaking model of transformational leadership - be an inspiring leader and build a culture that fosters innovation, continuous learning and engagement.

  • You will learn how the brain works and how it affects our behavior, reactions and decision-making process - avoiding misunderstandings, thought traps and wrong decisions.

  • You will understand your employees' intrinsic motivators and needs, so you can authentically engage them at work, improve communication and delegate tasks to the right people.

  • You will learn how to build agile X-teams and manage neurodiversity so that individuals' skills complement each other and create synergy.
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Benefits for the company

With the latest findings from neuroscience, you will maintain high performance while avoiding organizational burnout.

  • You will build an organization that learns from its own experience and experimentation, which will ensure its flexibility and adaptability.

  • You will unlock grassroots innovation in your organization. Leaders and employees will come up with their own initiatives and feel responsible for the company's development.

  • Talented, inspiring leaders will attract valuable employees whose competence and commitment will translate into company growth.

  • You will implement management methods that have scientific validation. You will improve processes within the organization and accelerate the achievement of goals.
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Benefits for the team

Neuroscience helps create an engaging and productive work environment that allows employees to spread their wings.

  • The team will gain the right conditions to develop and implement their own ideas, which will give them greater job satisfaction and allow them to achieve better results.

  • The needs of employees will be better understood by leaders, which will improve communication and build healthy relationships based on mutual trust.

  • Knowledge of the brain will allow leaders to ensure the well-being of employees, optimal workloads and tasks in line with predispositions and career development ambitions.

Who the ICAN Neuroleadership Academy™ training is for

This training is for experienced high-level managers who want to lead effectively in an environment of high uncertainty.

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For CEOs who want to make sound business decisions through science and introduce a new model of leadership in the company.

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For business owners who want to know how to effectively implement necessary changes in the organization.

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For board members who are anxious to review their existing methods of managing and communicating the company's mission.

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For directors and managers who want to manage and motivate a diverse, multi-generational team well.

Stories of leaders who have succeeded with ICAN

Join leaders who are successfully applying new management methods based on neuroscience. As many as 9 out of 10 participants recommend attending the training!

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ICAN Institute's development programs benefit my employees and myself. We appreciate in them the high level of content and interesting issues that are covered in the classes. I can say the same about the Neuroleadership Academy™ program. An interesting thread of the program is working on oneself with knowledge from the area of human brain function. I recommend participation in the Neuroleadership Academy™ to any leader who wants to manage in a maximally conscious way.

cGAS controls Sp. z o.o., GAZOMET Sp. z o.o.




I chose Neuroleadership Academy™ because, as an experienced practitioner, I needed something fresh, useful and professional. My attention was drawn to the fact that the program presents the latest developments in brain research so that they are useful to executives. Thanks to the program, I improved my personal style of managing myself, teams and the organization. I received an injection of new knowledge and practices tailored to uncertain times. I recommend the training to experienced leaders who are tasked with leading their organizations well through the current times.

LLENTAB sp. z o.o




I have completed several ICAN programs and was satisfied with them, so choosing Neuroleadership Academy™ seemed a natural progression. I value ICAN's training for the knowledge and tools provided, as well as the opportunity to discuss and exchange insights with people with diverse backgrounds. Participation in NLA provided me with great support in such areas of a leader's work as communication and reaching agreement with others. It allowed me to better understand the mechanisms that cause possible misunderstandings. My colleagues are already noticing the effects.




Vice President, Managing Director

I have been working with ICAN Institute for many years and have participated in several editions of annual programs. Each time it was a strong support in the process of management and personal development. During the Neuroleadership Academy™ I learned new management techniques and ways to solve problems, achieve goals, communicate or deal with myself as a leader: my emotions, mechanisms of action and thinking. Certainly, this knowledge will translate into my personal development, as well as that of the whole team.

Polwell sp. z o.o.




The knowledge gained from the Neuroleadership Academy™ helps me to strengthen the commitment of all employees regardless of age, seniority, but also individual character traits. Choosing a year-long program has helped me to discipline myself internally. Monthly sessions give a certain rhythm to learning, help to be consistent, and at the same time this frequency of conventions is not burdensome. I recommend Neuroleadership Academy™ to all directors, business owners, managers and team leaders.

Kompania Piwowarska S.A.



Director of Revenue Management

If we don't understand the process behind the decision-making of those on our team, we won't achieve our goals. The Neuroleadership Academy™ program has shown me how I can better understand my co-workers, strengthen what gives us an edge. It has allowed me to analyze my own experiences in greater depth and look at the organization from a new perspective. As a result, we collaborate more effectively and it's easier for us to ensure higher quality projects.

Learn about the training program on neuroscience in management

See what you will learn and what competencies you will gain.


Roles and tasks of a leader in the light of neuroscience

We begin the program with an introduction to neuroscience for leaders. You will find that it is useful to know the mechanisms of the brain to better manage yourself and your team. With this knowledge you will improve your leadership effectiveness. You'll get tips on how to identify and nurture your team's sense of purpose and how to create an organizational culture that fosters psychological safety. You will learn the Golden Cirle method and the SCARF and AMP models that will help you manage your team's motivation and provide optimal conditions for achieving goals.


A leader in an uncertain and turbulent world

During this session you will diagnose your own leadership style in the context of the challenges of today's business environment. You will learn what transformational leadership is and how to translate the principles of neuroleadership into the tasks of a transformational leader. You will take the Mental Toughness Questionnaire MTQ48 Mental Toughness Questionnaire and receive neuroscience-based tools to increase your own strength and resilience. You will also learn how to use these tools to support others on your team and in your organization, especially during periods of change and uncertainty.


Decoding motivation based on neuroscience

You will understand the neurochemical basis behind human motivation. You will answer the question of whether being committed is a matter of choice or other factors (if so, what are they?). You'll learn a four-part recipe for changing habits and behaviors to more efficiently execute ventures. You will learn what a goal system is and the different types of goals: how to set them, how they affect our motivation, what mistakes to avoid. You'll get tips on how to prioritize wisely when you have multiple goals to achieve, which will help you manage your team's activities efficiently.


Decision-making in the perspective of neuroscience: the dimensions of the individual, the team and the organization

What new contributions does neuroscience bring to our understanding of decision-making processes in organizations? A lot! During this session, you will learn about the neuroscience of emotions, why we sometimes lose control and how to remedy this. You'll get tips on making decisions under uncertainty and limited data. You'll learn when it's worth listening to intuition and when it's not. You'll learn about the impact of a leader's emotional intelligence on team and organizational decision-making. You will discover how understanding the emotions of others and managing stress leads to better decisions.


Effective neurocommunication: building relationships and achieving goals through negotiation

You will learn methods to determine your natural way of communicating and how to use the basics of neuroscience to communicate effectively. You will master the art of adapting communication strategies to the individual preferences and neurobiological characteristics of your interlocutors. In addition, you will develop the skills to build trust and credibility in communication, which is the foundation of effective negotiations. You'll learn how to prepare for negotiations and reach an agreement: from developing strategies, to verbal and non-verbal techniques, to the impact of body language and tone of voice on our interlocutor's brain.


Brain-friendly work environment: leadership roles

You will learn the key elements of the new work environment: sustainable change and key trends and their impact on performance. You will gain an understanding of the principles of neuroergonomics and the impact of the work environment on brain function, allowing you to provide the conditions for employees to achieve peak performance and authentic engagement. You will also learn what neuroscience advises about burnout and declines in motivation, as well as what neurobalancing is between the needs of the brain and the body, and how to use this knowledge to ensure optimal working conditions and well-being in your organization.


Building effective teams based on diversity and inclusiveness (D&I)

You will learn what inclusive leadership, inclusive teams and an inclusive organization are. You will discover why effective diversity management has become a source of competitive advantage, not just a social requirement. You will learn methods on how to strengthen the factors that unite and mitigate the factors that divide people in the organization (representatives of different generations, cultures and views). You will learn how to bring out the potential that lies within each employee, manage neurodiverse teams and work with neuroatypical people, such as on the spectrum.


Leader as an agent of change and transformation

You will develop skills to effectively manage team resistance and conflict during transition processes. You will master methods to support teams during the transition to the next phases of change and better understand the emotions of employees, especially the difficult ones that can accompany change. You will learn how the brain reacts to change and why it most often seeks to preserve the status quo, which will allow you to eliminate roadblocks that stand in the way of successful implementation of new initiatives. You will also identify what influences the ability to change at the individual, team and organizational levels.


Innovation in a neuro perspective

During this session, we will explore how ideas are generated in the brain and where people's differences in their natural creativity come from. You'll discover the neurobiological basis of creativity and how to enhance it and generate insights. You'll also learn what kills innovation in an organization and what creativity-stimulating tools work and what doesn't. We will discuss how to overcome the natural barriers associated with how our brains work and unleash creativity. You will learn the principles of creating an organizational culture that supports innovation and creates the conditions for new ideas to flourish.


Neurolider: from idea to practice

Time to summarize and integrate knowledge! In this session you will plan your own "roadmap" for implementing the ideas discussed in the work of a transformational leader. You will receive tips on how to effectively use the knowledge gained throughout the program. You'll practice the knowledge and skills you've gained in a group while working on a case study on the implementation of key neuroleader skills. In this way, you will examine how to integrate all the competencies of the future into a single model. You will also prepare to implement new methods in your work: priorities, actions, potential barriers and overcoming them.

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Meet our experts

They are: recognized practitioners, researchers and leaders who will work with you during our training.

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Anna Connor-Łakomy
Consultant, trainer and researcher specializing in neuroscience

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Dr. Iwo Zmyślony
HR director, culture, service and experience designer, design process methodologist

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Dr. Patrycja Olchowska
Lecturer and business practitioner supporting enterprise innovation management

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Wojciech Mendyka
Founder of Meaning Makers, trainer, MBA lecturer

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Izabela Stachurska
International consultant and leadership trainer

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Dr. Lidia Czarkowska
Psychologist, sociologist, anthropologist; consultant, trainer, coach, mentor and supervisor

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Jagna Ambroziak
Psychologist, psychotherapist, trainer, coach

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Joanna Pommersbach
HR consultant and leadership trainer

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Dr. Hubert Malinowski
Emotional intelligence trainer, coach

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Dominika Pikul

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Your acquired competence is confirmed by the ICAN Institute certificate

Each participant in ICAN Institute's development program will receive a prestigious certificate. This is a document that is valued in the labor market and is desirable for both recruitment processes and internal succession plans.

Training location

ICAN Neuroleadership Academy™ training location

The training takes place in Warsaw at the headquarters of ICAN Institute. It is a convenient, well-connected location right next to the Wilanowska Metro station. As a result, participants will have no problem getting there.

ICAN Neuroleadership Academy™ consists of 10 two-day class sessions (20 days in total), held once a month on a Wednesday-Thursday or Friday-Saturday schedule. You will plan in advance to attend classes or take advantage of the opportunity to make up a given session at another time. Check the training schedule and find out when the next group starts.

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Quality guarantee: zero risk and reimbursement

We know that investing in comprehensive training can come with concerns. That's why we are the only ones in Poland to offer you a unique quality guarantee: if after 2 sessions (4 class days) you decide that the training does not meet your expectations, you can cancel your participation and receive a full refund.

Yes, we will refund your money 100%. There is no risk associated with participating in the training, only growth opportunities and real results.

Dr. Witold Jankowski

CEO of ICAN Institute

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Business club for graduates

After completing the training, you can join the Alumni Club. Our community brings together leaders, managers, CEOs and directors from all over Poland. This is an elite group of people who focus on development, exchange of ideas and mutual support. This is where true friendships, business partnerships and mentoring are formed. See the value of being with us!

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Frequently asked questions

This question requires a thorough diagnosis of the problems present in your career or company. What area are your challenges? What attempts at solutions have already been tested? What are the barriers to development? To accurately diagnose your development needs, contact our consultant.
Even after the first training sessions. For example, at the first workshop of the Strategic Leadership Academy™ program, participants (CEOs and board members) were tasked with "creating" a competitor to beat them in the market. They then considered what their corporate resources could reduce the rival's clout. The 2-day workshop gave participants a bird's-eye view of their organization and built a strategic foundation for which there was previously no time due to the daily hustle and bustle.
That's great! By meeting people from a competing company, we can see what problems they have and how they deal with them. Such information cannot be obtained from any other source. This intermingling of industries, both competitive and completely unrelated, allows us to generate unique ideas.
It depends on whether the problem is disclosed or not. Often participants think that certain problems present in the company are due to causes beyond their control, while in fact they may be the result of their own managerial mistakes, a competence gap or the use of outdated management methods, etc. Even if the problem is not solved right away, it will certainly be diagnosed correctly. Together we will find the right ways and tools to solve it.
Of course. This need is met by our Alumni Club, where trainees can benefit from each other's knowledge and experience. In addition to this, each graduate receives personalized content from ICAN, so that they always have at hand the articles, reports and analyses that are most interesting to them. What's more, trainees have repeatedly created their own groups on LinkedIn or Whatsapp to extend networking beyond the training room.
Time is one of the most obvious constraints on our participants. That's why programs most often take place every 2 weeks or once a month. This allows you to catch your breath in learning, reflect on your career and company, and systematize the knowledge you have gained and start implementing it in your company to share the results at the next session.

We issue an invoice on the first day of training. This allows the company to quickly include the training in its costs. Payment by installments is possible. There is also the possibility of obtaining funding from the National Training Fund, for which we help prepare applications.
For each training course you receive a guarantee that allows you to cancel after 1 session or 2 sessions (depending on the program) and receive a 100% refund. You can also change to another program that is more suited to your needs.
Yes, depending on your individual needs, you can purchase individual training sessions.

When considering the choice of training for managers and executives, it is worth first determining what competencies they need to develop. Will it be soft competencies, such as communication, motivation, feedback, mental toughness of a leader, or hard competencies, related to knowledge of specific management methods, goal setting, employee evaluation or basics of financial and economic analysis. Therefore, in order to choose the best training for an employee, it is necessary to take into account the employee's position, experience, career stage, responsibilities and business objectives to be achieved.

It is worth choosing certified training, which ends with the manager obtaining a document confirming the acquisition of knowledge and competence. The certificate is a guarantee for the company that the training is characterized by high quality and level of content, and for the employee it is a valuable element to add to his CV and a tool that builds his image as an expert in his field.