Choose your leadership program to navigate Century 21

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Leadership training at SHIFTSCHOOL is always about a holistic transformation. That is why we design immersive learning experiences with a strong sense of purpose. No matter which pathway you choose.

There are a few things you can absolutely be sure of: You will never find boring collections of one-way e-learnings. We banned business buzzword fads as well as meaningless human potentiality mumbo jumbo in our programs. We don’t encourage dog-eat-dog career acceleration either. Nor do we stand for binge learning new skills without even applying them in the wild. We don’t care about status, titles or perks. Only about the motivation to grow. We invite you to explore our SHIFT & SHAPE programs.

Learning Trek SHIFT

Work on your transformational mindset to design your own purpose-driven development plan

Learning Trek SHAPE

Acquire the competences a purpose-driven leader needs to lead organizational transformation

What graduates say about SHIFTSCHOOL

As a designer of transformative and experience-based learning, I’m always eager to learn and to dive into new perspectives and ideas. I am convinced: If you want to lead transformation, you have to be ready to transform yourself. SHIFTSCHOOL with its programs and its network of Alumni offers an abundance of occasions to do so. Thus, I did not hesitate to join the first SHAPE Program last year.

My highlight was the personal transformation project I pursued during my time with SHIFTSCHOOL, which helped me to implement the learnings and take action in my personal and professional life. The deep connections with transformative humans who also participated in the program still stick with me and enrich my innovation community.

I can highly recommend the SHAPE Transformative Leadership Program to everyone ready to transform themselves and the world for the better!

Nina Höhne
Nina Höhne
Psychologist, Coach, and Head of Educational Design
Academy for Innovators at UnternehmerTUM

Seven SHAPE weeks with SHIFTSCHOOL, with Tobias, the extraordinary fellow students and the great guest speakers left lasting marks in my life: I discovered new skills in myself and others, got many very valuable insights and impulses, reconsidered my views and attitudes.

Did I like it? Oh YES! I was so excited that I continued and am part of the SHIFT program right now.

Do I think it was good for the others? I know for sure because almost a year later we still meet once a month and enjoy this wonderful peer group. Are you ready to SHAPE century 21? I am now – more than ever!

Caro Di Bella
Carolin Di Bella
Head of Product Owners & Partnerships


Leadership training can only be successful if they fit into the learner’s circumstances. That’s why it sometimes makes sense to work on things in a more focused and confidential setting. All learning programs can also be booked in a personalized learning path.


Today’s leaders can be divided into two categories: Those who think the world around them must change. And those who understand that they have to change themselves. We only work with the latter. Therefore, we believe that transformation is not about implementing new technologies but primarily about an open attitude towards change. Leadership training ready for century 21 challenges.

We are working with:

Executives from established SMBs wanting to drive the transformation of their organizations to make them 21st century proof

Business leaders from large corporations looking for new ways to change their organizations

Future-forward entrepreneurs and game-changers who look for a diverse network of like-minded peers seeking a new challenge to scale their impact

Creative business professionals and cultural change-makers with at least five years of work experience


The best way to discover the SHIFTSCHOOL way of learning is to listen to what participants, trainers and customers have to say.


All learning program for individuals can also be implemented as business packages, inhouse leadership development or strategy and innovation programs. Learn more about our company offerings or


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 Framework 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 a 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 programs 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 programs 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 programs 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.

To make life easier for you we have prepared a reimbursement template along with the key facts of this program. Adapt it according to your needs and send it to stakeholders and decision makers in your company. HERE

All participants who work through a program 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.

To start the application process, please fill in the application form. 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.

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.