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Inner Development Goals

By developing our capacity for complexity awareness, perspective taking, compassion and co-creation, we can start operating at a new level and meet the challenges of the 21st century

Mannaz experts
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Inner Development Goals by Mannaz
Nathan Hobbs
Client Director
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Dorte Spiegelhauer
Client Director
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Cecilia Fagerberg Wästfelt
Client Director
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Stuart Schofield
Client Director
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Sanna Turesson
Senior Consultant
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Anna Rosdahl
Senior Consultant
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Peter Wang Maarbjerg
Vice President
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Berit Kristine Bøggild
Client Director
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Henrik Challis
Vice President
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Magnus Ramdén
Senior Consultant
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Molly Butler
Peter Stensig
Senior Consultant
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The skills and capabilities needed to create sustainable impact

Develop your personal and collective capacity for working with wicked problems

When working with any complex strategic issues, may it be the 17 Sustainability Development Goals or leading a transformation in your organisation, it helps to have clear visions and plans. But experience shows that plans are not enough. To create real change and impact, we also need to develop inner aspects of our organisation such as learning mindset, perspective taking and collaboration.​

Inner Development Goals – a framework for growing yourself and your organisation

The Inner Development Goals (IDG) is a research-based framework presenting 5 categories with 23 skills and capabilities, critical to succeed with sustainable transformations. The 5 categories create a comprehensive framework that shows how we need to develop both cognitive, emotional and relational skills to succeed in working with complex challenges.

Move what matters: Mannaz is your partner in creating sustainable impact

In Mannaz we help organisations assess what skills and capabilities they need to develop to create greater impact and sustainable growth. ​

As a collaborating partner of the IDG Alliance, Mannaz leverages on the expertise and experience of many practitioners, academics and thought leaders from around the world. Our own expertise lies in the intersection between theory and the practical reality of organisations. We use our extensive experience from organisational and leadership development to help our client integrate IDG principles, skills and capabilities in real life.


Welcome the 2022 Global Inner Development Goals summit – co-hosted by Mannaz

Inner Development Goals insight
Leaders & Teams Beware of your multitasking habits

Can you recognise having a never-ending to-do list? Our modern technology gives us many opportunities to engage with multiple tasks at any given moment. But how do our brains react to multitasking, and how can we use our cognitive resources most wisely?

Leaders & Teams The Future for the Biopharma Sector

The global life sciences market is anticipated to grow by nearly 8% over the next 6 years . In this context of market growth, product development for drugs, devices, analytics and digital health is facing exponential change. Next generation gene-related therapies are anticipated to take off at a blistering pace, blockbuster patents will expire, and artificial intelligence will radically shift the terrain yet further.

Leaders & Teams Sustainable High Performance

Over the past decades we have seen how a never-ending stream of new methods and technology has been introduced to help us handle our work, be more effective and save us time. Do you remember when email was introduced? It was supposed to save us so much time now that we didn’t have to send fax messages… We all know where that has led us.

Transformational skills for sustainable development

Learn more about the IDG-framework and how Mannaz can help you by clicking on the flower leaves below and reading the text under the flower.
The leaves each describe one of the 5 categories and their related skills.
The categories are overlapping and related as we need them all to create impact and sustainable growth.

Being Thinking Relating Collaborating Acting Contact Mannaz

Being – Relationship to self

The aspect of Being is about self-awareness and self-leadership. By understanding ourselves at a deeper level, we can be more present, intentional and non-reactive when we face complexity.

The Being-category compromises areas such as:

Inner compass

Having a deeply felt sense of responsibility and commitment to values and purposes relating to the good of the whole.

Integrity and authenticity

A commitment and ability to act with sincerity, honesty and integrity.

Openness and learning mindset

Having a basic mindset of curiosity and a willingness to be vulnerable and embrace change and grow.


Ability to be in reflective contact with own thoughts, feelings and biases; having a realistic self-image and ability to regulate oneself.


Ability to be in the here and now, without judgement and in a state of open-mindedness.


Examples of what Mannaz can help you with:

Emotional Intelligence trainings​

Through a concept called the Inner Qualities of Leadership, Mannaz offers practical trainings that provide participants with science-based practices to develop emotional intelligence competencies such as focus, self-awareness, impulse-control as well as empathy.

Applied mindfulness​

With a secular and scientific approach, Mannaz offers a wide range of ways to integrate mindfulness practices in work-life settings to support greater presence and resilience.

Personality assessments and coaching​

We have experienced consultants certified in a wide array of assessments tools such as Lumina Spark, Hogan, Leadership Versatility Index, Insight, EQi, MBTI, and more. Through individual coaching we can support leaders in deepening their self-awareness and accelerate their development.

Tailored solutions as well as open courses:

Mannaz design solutions based on each organisation’s unique needs. But for individuals, we also offer open courses. Below are examples from our Danish course portfolio relating to the aspect of Being (some courses can also be made available in English on demand):

– ​Personligt Lederskab
Mentaltræning og stress
Meditation og mindfulness

Thinking – Cognitive skills

Developing our cognitive skills is about practicing taking different perspectives, challenging our assumptions and making sense of the world as an interconnected whole. With a systemic approach we enhance our ability to take decision that are beneficial long-term and good for the whole.

The Thinking-category compromises areas such as:

Critical thinking

Skills in critically reviewing the validity of views, evidence, and plans.

Complexity awareness

Understanding of and skills in working with complex and systemic conditions and causalities.

Perspective skills

Skills in seeking, understanding, and actively making use of insights from contrasting perspectives.


Skills in seeing patterns, structuring the unknown and being able to consciously create stories.

Long-term orientation and visioning

Long-term orientation and ability to formulate and sustain commitment to visions relating to the larger context.


Examples of what Mannaz can help you with:

Systems based process facilitation​

Mannaz has a long experience with supporting clients in structuring, planning and facilitating strategy and change processes.​ We take a systems-based approach and make sure relevant stakeholders feel involved and diverse perspectives are brought into the decision process.

​Tailored solutions as well as open courses:​

Mannaz design solutions based on each organisation’s unique needs. But for individuals, we also offer open courses. Below are examples from our Danish course portfolio relating to the aspect of Being (some courses can also be made available in English on demand):

Strategisk lederuddannelse​
Mannaz strategiuddannelse​

Relating – Caring for others and the world

The aspect of Relating is about strengthening our sense of connection with others as a prerequisite for better collaboration. By making conscious efforts to understand others, their reality and their needs, we connect more deeply and care more. This can include colleagues, other cultures or even the biosphere. Feeling more connected lays the foundation for creating more just and sustainable systems and societies for everyone.​

The Relating-category compromises areas such as:


Having a keen sense of being connected with and/or being a part of a larger whole, such as a community, humanity, or global ecosystem.


Being able to act in accordance with the needs of the situation without concern for one’s own importance.

Empathy and compassion

Ability to relate to others, oneself and nature with kindness, empathy, and compassion and address related suffering.


Relating to others and to the world with a basic sense of appreciation, gratitude, and joy.

Examples of what Mannaz can help you with:

Compassionate Leadership

Compassion is not about being nice, but to be able to open to other people’s needs, while standing up for our own point of view. In Mannaz we have long experience with training leaders in having a “strong back and a soft front”. This approach supports creating teams where people feel safe and empowered.

Bias conscious leadership​

Our onconscious biases can create barriers for connection and effective collaboration. Mannaz offers experienced consultants who have researched and worked extensively with the topic in many organisationer.

Tailored solutions and open courses:​

Mannaz design solutions based on each organisation’s unique needs. But for individuals, we also offer open courses. Below are examples from our Danish course portfolio relating to the aspect of Being (some courses can also be made available in English on demand):

Biasbevidst ledelse​
Kommunikation og konflikthåndtering​​

Collaborating – Social skills

To create sustainable solutions that are beneficial for all, we need to collaborate well together with others.This require abilities for facilitation, to develop inclusive workplaces and to be able to co-create with stakeholders with different values, skills, and competencies.​

The Collaborating-category compromises areas such as:

Trust and psychological safety​

Ability to establish and maintain trusting relationships and create an atmosphere of psychological safety where all views and opinions can be heard.

Communication skills

Ability to really listen to others, to foster genuine dialogue, to advocate own views skillfully, to manage conflicts constructively and to adapt communication to diverse groups.

Co-creation skills

Skills and motivation to build, develop and facilitate collaborative relationships with diverse stakeholders, characterized by psychological safety and genuine co-creation.

Inclusive mindset and intercultural competence

Willingness and competence to embrace diversity and include people and collectives with different views and backgrounds.

Mobilization skills

Skills in inspiring and mobilizing others to engage in shared purposes.

Examples of what Mannaz can help you with:

Trainings and processes around equality, diversity, and inclusion​

Equality, diversity and inclusion is a topic that is close to our heart, and we have a number of experts in our faculty team. We support clients with assessments, trainings as well as process faciliatation.

Change leadership and design thinking​

We can support our clients in planning and facilitating innovation processes involving multiples stakeholders. We work from a system-based approach where we emphasise collecing data and input from many and diverse sources to support better decisions and ownership.

Tailored solutions and open courses:​

Mannaz design solutions based on each organisation’s unique needs. But for individuals, we also offer open courses. Below are examples from our Danish course portfolio relating to the aspect of Being (some courses can also be made available in English on demand):

Lederen som facilitator af innovation og forandring​
Agil ledelse​

Acting – Driving change

To move from good intentions to real action and sustainable impact requires challenging cultural assumptions and breaking old habit patterns. Qualities such as courage and optimism help us acquire true agency, generate original ideas and act with persistence even when the outcome is uncertain.​

The Acting-category compromises areas such as:


Ability to stand up for values, make decisions, take decisive action and, if needed, challenge and disrupt existing structures and views.


Ability to generate and develop original ideas, innovate and being willing to disrupt conventional patterns.


Ability to sustain and communicate a sense of hope, positive attitude, and confidence in the possibility of meaningful change.


Ability to sustain engagement and remain determined and patient even when efforts take a long time to bear fruit.

Examples of what Mannaz can help you with:

Strategy implementation processes​

Turning a new strategy into reality requires time and relevant involvement. Mannaz helps clients structure, plan and facilitate strategy implementations where leaders and team members feel involved and can take ownership for the new strategy.

Facilitating transformations towards greater sustainability

A topic such as sustainability can feel overwhelming. Through a structured and involving process, we help our clients approach sustainability in practical and realistic steps which can help create a positive momentum in the organisation.

Working with immunities to change

Drawing on the work of Professor Robert Kegan, we support individuals and teams in mapping what keeps them from moving forward toward their aspirations. By uncovering limiting assumptions and competing commitments, we open the way for new creativity and a positive development.

Tailored solutions and open courses:​

Mannaz design solutions based on each organisation’s unique needs. But for individuals, we also offer open courses. Below are examples from our Danish course portfolio relating to the aspect of Being (some courses can also be made available in English on demand):

Strategiudvikling – fra analyse til strategy​
Transformation til større bæredygtighed​
Digital transformation​​

Mannaz & IDG

Mannaz is proud to be a partner of the Inner Development Goals (IDG) Alliance.

The IDG began as a collaborative effort between businesses, academia and international leadership thought leaders in 2019. The purpose has been to explore what leadership skills and capabilities are needed to succeed with the 17 Sustainability Development Goals, as well as the other complex challenges of our time.

Sharing inspiration and facilitating integration

Mannaz is committed to collaborative efforts to accelerate the achievement of the UN Agenda 2030 and Sustainable Development Goals, in general and specifically through the science and practices of human development.

As IDG Alliance Partners, we host events for you to gain new knowledge and tools to apply the framework to your daily life.

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