Traditional approaches to leadership and team development no longer meet the needs of neither organizations nor potential change makers. This is the key learning from our work with a vast number of companies and leaders. Change initiatives are often bound to fail. The SHIFTSHAPE CLUB program is our answer to the challenges this century poses on us. It is our goal to develop people instead of job profiles by designing customized learning experiences. We think school differently. For us, school is not a building but a community of like minded people who need a framework to develop themselves autonomously.
We do not rely on rigid curricula, but on flexible framework of five core dimensions, which respond to your individual needs. We put together content like a curator in an exhibition. The focus is no longer on the mere transfer of information, but on the active teaching of skills and methods that allow you to keep pace with the dynamics of change. In addition, individual coaching enables you to develop further according to your own potential. We combine the teaching formats that make the most sense from a didactic point of view, thus combining the advantages of face-to-face workshops with the flexibility of live remote sessions and interactive simulations. This is what we call CURATED LEARNING.
We don’t teach theory, but knowledge that you can apply immediately. From day one, you learn through innovative simulations, apply proven methods, and transfer them to concrete challenges in your life. We are convinced that learning only becomes valuable through experience. Only when things are thought through, tried out and applied, does lasting knowledge emerge. All our treks offer the opportunity to work on what matters most to you: Your personal development plan or a Transformation Case for your organization. Create your own strategy, and experiment, create, and test your ideas in your job environment. This is what we call JOB READY LEARNING.
Classical training systems usually provide far too little feedback. Adults who want to develop their skills also deserve more respect than they get from multiple-choice tests. Strategic competencies, creative leadership and applied innovation cannot be poured into an assessment trimmed for efficiency. In SHIFTSCHOOL, the goal is not to simply pass a course, but to ensure that you have truly understood concepts and can apply them in a meaningful way. Continuous feedback and peer coaching sessions ensure that you can also expand your knowledge in a targeted manner and use it for the challenges in your job.
The SHIFT and SHAPE treks are designed for the busy, full-time professional. Introduction and team-building are gathered in a compact and intensive retreat at the beginning. All following remote sessions and workshops are scheduled as a CLUBNITE on a workday evening – at the same time each week. This makes it easy to plan and allocate time. The project work is particularly designed for self-paced, asynchronous learning – at the time that suits you best. An additional 2-3 hours per week for your personal project is a rule of thumb.
More than 60% of SHIFTSCHOOL Alumni received full or partly reimbursement from their employer. We have put together some good arguments to make this process streamlined.
Our treks are designed to be as real-time and immediately relevant as possible. We encourage our participants to share our methods with your teammates and to apply them directly in your work environment. Your organization will directly profit on how you’ll learn strategies and state-of-the-art skills that can help you grow as a 21st century proof leader making an immediate impact.
You are not just joining a learning program but a selected network. You’ll learn with and from professionals at companies like Adidas, Siemens, Merck, Allianz along with transformation managers from SMEs and digital experts from startups or creative agencies. You are working within a community of highly motivated individuals ready to change their organization for good. This experience allows you to expand your network with a diverse set of people who are all striving to challenge the status quo for the better.
Each program culminates in a personal project that is designed for direct implementation on the job. Each participant can choose to focus on a transformational leadership project which can directly benefit the organization you are with.
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Upon completion of either the SHIFT or SHAPE program, you qualify to continue as a full member of the SHIFTSHAPE CLUB. Our club is a life-long learning community that meets at least once a month in a remote learning environment. On top of that, club members can also book exclusive masterclasses and retreats in exceptional places all over Europe. Just imagine a club where you have access to state-of-the-art classes, mentoring, to peer-to-peer coaching and extraordinary learning experiences. All for members only.
All participants who work through a course and submit their completed assignments are eligible for a SHIFTSCHOOL certificate which details the methods and frameworks learned and applied. However, a formal certificate is just a piece of paper that, in our opinion, does not really say what someone can do or has learned. Just as grades ultimately say little about whether content and methods have really been understood and can be applied in practice. Therefore, we additionally help each member to outline their core strengths, position themselves in their professional arena, and to develop their own personal brand over time.
In a world with abundant information, the problem is not providing more learning content but a framework that teaches you how to make sense of all this abundance.
Learning is way more than just the mere transmission of knowledge. Learning becomes successful when we have the ability to use all this abundant knowledge meaningfully and apply it to drive change.
That is why we designed a world for experiential learning that enables you to really use your knowledge, to make mistakes, to learn from them and to continuously expand the limits of your own knowledge. Not in a crash course setting but with patience. We strive to create a community that conveys the joy of learning, offers room for development, and brings you together with like-minded people on your journey through digital transformation.
SHIFTSHAPE CLUB is a learning environment that ignites the passion for our life project. We prepare you for the new digital millennium and give you a framework to reflect the life-long learning attitude along with acquiring the corresponding skills to understand the dynamics of change and above all to shape digital transformation.
Our members are a diverse community of business leaders and professionals from large corporations, established SMBs, and thriving startups. But most important, this club is for everyone who wants to take personal and professional growth in their own hands. For everyone looking for an applicable agile framework to drive change in their organization. Everyone who seeks a challenging learning environment to explore their full potential to scale their impact. Simply put, for future-forward game-changers who look for a diverse network of like-minded individuals to explore what’s possible.
We apply the same standards to our remote learning courses as we do to our classroom training.
Building trustful relationships and a sense of community
Providing constant feedback and guidance throughout the trek
Engaging people to become active experimenters (not passive consumers of knowledge)
The content and organization of our programs are designed in such a way that you can easily combine learning, work and private life. Our novel format of curated learning clearly differs in content and method from classic teaching and the common offerings on the education market.
To start the application process, please fill in the application form you will find on every page. Once submitted, you will receive an email containing a link to schedule an interview. The goal of the interview is to find out what motivates you to join the SHIFTSHAPE community. We will let you know within a week after your interview if you are accepted.
We believe in quality, in-depth learning. Science and our experiences from teaching thousands of workshops tell us that people learn best in a safe, social, and interactive learning environment. Massive open online courses might provide great specific content but are not suited to build 21st century leadership skills. Change begins at the end of your comfort zone and our cohort-based approach provides both the safety of a smaller group and the accountability of live sessions to make real transformation happen. This setting helps our members to focus on what’s important and getting learning done in a clearly structured framework.
SHIFTSCHOOL and all our retreat partners are taking every measure to continuously monitor and base our workshop guidelines on the Public Health Agencies rules and supporting recommendations in all our programs. The health and wellbeing of our participants remains our priority, along with a focus on maintaining an immersive learning experience. That‘s why we strive for the highest safety through a comprehensive hygiene concept on site and by applying the 3G rule (vaccinated, recovered, tested) for all face-to-face events. In addition, we offer free and voluntary Covid self-tests to all participants. As COVID-19 is a changing situation we will renew and reconfirm our guidelines regularly. If face-to-face events are not possible due official Covid restrictions, you can alternatively participate in an online workshop or rebook free of charge.
Our maxim is a school where the content is a means to an end – teaching people to learn how to learn. The best way for an advanced learner to build up new knowledge is then not to have it served up by a teacher, but rather to discover it organically. Our role is serving as facilitators of discovery. In a fast-changing world, teaching facts is neither sustainable nor effective. Our main instructional duty is therefore to inspire you to develop a new attitude towards change, push you to experience transformation, and encourage you to apply new strategies to shape the world around us.
A SHIFTSHAPER /ʃɪft ʃeɪpər/ is a person (f/m/d) who does not change things by fighting the existing reality but by building new models that make the existing models obsolete.