Assertiveness and Institutional Power Games

Course Information

  • Friday, December 6, 2019,
    9:00 AM till 5:00 PM
  • Monday, December 16, 2019,
    9:00 AM till 5:00 PM
  • Registration Opens
    August 7, 2019, 9:00 AM
    Registration Deadline
    November 6, 2019
    Course Fees
    This course is free of charge and for last-stage doctoral candidates and postdocs of the University of Basel only (min. 6, max. 14 participants).
    Sibyl Schädeli
    Organized by

    Graduate Center
    Transferable Skills Program
    GRACE Homepage


    In the business world as well as in universities, strategies for power games and learning assertiveness become increasingly important with each career step. Have you ever experienced “games” being played with unspoken rules, not knowing how to act or play along?

    This course reveals and decodes unspoken rules and behaviour patterns, guides you in identifying scheming, traps and tricks, and shows you how to achieve greater room for manoeuvre and increased assertiveness.

    The participants

    • Are aware of possible obstacles in their career path

    • Know the essential rules in power and status games and how to play along

    • Are able to decide in any given power situation whether they want to participate in the game or not and thus gain more freedom of choice

    • Learn how to react to verbal and non-verbal attacks and offenses

    • Are able to make themselves heard and listened to


    • Status games: How to extend your skills in high and low status positions

    • Power dynamics in hierarchical organizations

    • Decoding verbal and non-verbal language, symbols and gestures in daily power games

    • How to make yourself seen and listened to in meetings and further relevant settings

    • How to react to attacks and offenses


    • Theoretical and evidenced based inputs about relevant mechanisms and models in power and status games

    • Analysis of concrete power game situations and movie scenes

    • Training of verbal and non-verbal tactics and strategies

    • Exchange of experiences and peer feedback

    Target Group

    Doctoral Candidates & Postdocs

    About the Trainer

    Sibyl Schädeli
    college M, Member of Management
    Social Anthropology lic.phil. , Coach ICF PCC, Management of Non-Profit Organisations MAS
    Owner of KAUKAB

    Sibyl Schädeli works as a lecturer, coach and consultant. She is specialized in leadership and career development with a main focus on power and status games. She offers trainings for mixed groups and special power trainings for women. She is further specialized in the healthcare sector, personal decision-making processes and self-management.

    Sibyl Schädeli has long-standing leadership experience in the Swiss Federal Administration and in the healthcare sector and is a lecturer for various organisations (universities, hospitals, Department of Foreign Affairs, cantonal and municipal administrations), career and executive coach of leaders and experts in universities, hospitals, politics and other areas.


    Total 17 h minimum -> work between sessions 1 h-3 h, lessons 16 h


    Registrations will be processed according on a “first come, first served” principle. The course registration will be confirmed by email. The registration to a course makes the participation in the full training mandatory. For this workshop unexcused absence and cancellation of the workshop after the registration deadline leads to a penalty fee of CHF 30.00. (send an email to Please find the detailed regulations on the Transferable Skills Homepage.


    Universitätsbibliothek Basel (UB) Schönbeinstrasse 18-20, 4056 Basel

    3rd Floor, Room 306

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