The
SHIFTSHAPE®
Framework

The framework is based on over five years of real-world research and didactic experimentation in our SHIFTSCHOOL Academy, matched with the latest research in innovation and leadership, psychology, neuroscience, evolutionary biology, anthropology and philosophy spiced with practical and artistic insights from mindfulness, health, nutrition and performance art. All boiled down to an actionable step-by-step approach that you can use to find your unique role as a 21st century leader. It is designed to face the collective challenges ahead and will help you to learn to future proof yourself, making you anti-fragile and becoming stronger as things get more complex.

Our framework consists of two parts:

A self-leadership procedure dedicated to the five attitudes for personal transformation

A collective-leadership approach designed to lead organizational transformation

PART 1: SELF-LEADERSHIP
with the SHIFT ATTITUDES

developing the mental positions towards change bundled as the shift-shaping identity:

SPIRITED

[to take initiative, be courageous and resourceful]

HOLISTIC

[to imagine complete systems beyond current constraints]

IDEATIVE

[to consider new suggestions and to develop ideas constantly]

FLEXIBLE

[to deal with complexity and to encompass change]

TRUE

[to show up as a complete and harmonious being]

PART 2: COLLECTIVE  LEADERSHIP
with the SHAPE PATTERN

turning role-modelling attitudes into guiding principles to shape cultural shift in an organization:

SOVEREIGNTY

[the autonomous leadership by positive example by stepping out into unknown territory first]

HORIZON

[the expansion of perception and  possibility by formulating a compelling narrative of a future that might be attained]

ASPIRATION

[the strong desire to achieve the best possible outcome through open experimentation]

PLASTICITY

[the ability to adapt to changing conditions while simultaneously withstanding forces of inertia]

EMBODIMENT

[the representation of concrete and perceptible qualities to create openness and trust]

How we work

All leadership treks focus on creating an inspiring atmosphere where learning is unconventional, intensive, creative, and fun. Learning at SHIFTSCHOOL is always about Mindset, Skills, Network & Balance. We build for immersive experiences in the program and for applicable tasks to work on-the-job. The goal is to apply learnings from day one and drive further discovery. Our proven innovative workshop design and the human-centered instructional experience from more than 1000 workshops and five digital transformation classes create a best-in-class live cohort learning experience in all our treks and in the SHIFTSHAPE CLUB.

Hybrid Learning:
A new paradigm for the future of learning

The hybrid SHIFTSCHOOL combines the best of both worlds: Immersive face-to-face learning experiences, remote deep dives and structured coaching sessions. Our approch connects psychological safety and hands-on learning with an easy-to-access online environment. We aspire to create a powerful learning experience that actually transforms people.

We regard self reflection as a core process. While the cognitive perspective in our thinking might be relatively easy to change, established attitudes and underlying emotions are much more difficult to alter. Our conscious and subconscious emotions are the most important drivers for our behavior and much more difficult to deal with. The SHIFTSHAPE approach embodies this fact and helps our members to reflect on their hidden emotional agendas and deconstructing complex challenges in workable action steps.

SHIFTAWE PUZZLE

/ʃɪft ˈȯ ˈpʌzl/

A playful self-coaching method developed by SHIFTSCHOOL for systemic analysis and personal reflection made by cutting the shift key arrow into two large triangles, two rhomboids, and four small triangles which are capable of being recombined in many different figures and letters consisting of a font developed specifically for this purpose.

SHAPEWAY FONT<

\ ˈshāp ˈwā ˈfänt \

A high-profile club needs a strong image. That’s why we have developed our own typeface. Fabian and Tobias from SHIFTSCHOOL designed the SHAPEWAY font to make learning more open and playful. The font is entirely composed of the tangram-like pieces of the SHIFTAWE Puzzle. You can download the font for free under the Creative Commons License – both for Windows and Mac.

Feel free to play around with it.
INVENT / CHANGE / DISRUPT / REPEAT

ALWAYS REMEMBER: THE KEY IS NOT WHAT YOU LEARN. RATHER IT IS HOW YOU THINK, DREAM AND ACT.

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