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CREATIVE READING CIRCLES

WHICH SOLUTIONS CAN LITERATURE TEACH US FOR CONTEmPORARY LEADERSHIP ISSUES?

AND HOW CAN WE IMPLEMENT THEM? WE WILL FIND OUT...

Some people read for pleasure, some for work, and some for studying – we will combine these and many more functions of reading by taking a solution-oriented approach to literature. Instead of asking “what’s in it for me?,” we will tackle the question “what’s in it for us?” – our society, our institutions, our networked lives.

Our circles are THINK and DO TANKS in which we share our perspectives, ask questions, debate, and design alternative scenarios. Creative reading implies that you sketch your own ideas as to how to solve socially relevant problems – no matter how small or big they might appear. In a circle of curious minds – everything is possible…

"A book is not supposed to be a mirror. It's supposed to be a door."
Fran Lebowitz
Author

UPCOMING CIRCLES
(APril-May 2021)

In times of agile team work, new work, and politicians who are constantly changing their minds – what does leadership actually mean and how has the concept changed? Is it something that we can teach students? And what about the endless debate about women’s leadership? In this circle, we will take a look at historical and contemporary leadership issues and debates.

Dates: April 28, May 5, May 12, May 19, May 26, June 2

Readings include: Creative Experience (Mary Parker Follett), Drive (Daniel Pink), Playing Big (Tara Mohr), Quiet (Susan Cain)   

Around 15% of startup founders in Germany are women – only 7% of venture capitalists are women. There is enough talking about “why” this is. We are going to focus on the question “how” successful women entrepreneurs in history and present made their way to the top. Their inspiring stories reveal what it meant to be a woman entrepreneur in the 19th century, how they marketed their products with practically no budget and how they started educating other women about the secrets of sales. 

 

Dates: April 29, Mai 6, Mai 13, Mai 20, Mai 27, June 3

Readings include: Pots, Pans, and Millions (Edith Mae Cummings); Brownie Wise Tupperware Unsealed; 100 Million Hair Ties and a Vodka Tonic (Sophie Trelles-Tvede)

We talk about women’s efforts to gain more power in society and business all the time – but what does “power” actually mean? And what does it mean to be a feminist? This course offers an introduction to the philosophy of feminism. You will get to read the authentic voices of those women who changed the history of feminism with their powerful writings. 

NO PRIOR KNOWLEDGE IS REQUIRED 

Dates: May 4, May 11, May 18, May 25, June 1, June 8 

Readings include: A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (Mary Wollstonecraft), The Second Sex (Simone de Beauvoir), The Feminine Mystique (Betty Friedan)

What can political thinkers of the past teach us about the structures and dynamics in our contemporary corporations? Why is it that organizations that grow tend to lose their cultural DNA? And what does leadership have to do with power? We will go back to the roots and explore exciting thinkers.

DETAILS FOLLOW SOON

Everybody is talking abou diversity now. But what is it? Where does the concept come from? And is it just identity politics under a different cover? We will explore different approaches to talking about diversity beyond gender or dis/ability concerns. 

DETAILS FOLLOWING SOON

You cannot find the topic that your team needs in order to boost your creativity? No worries. Just contact us and we put together a curriculum that suits your needs.

*Make sure to include your full home or business address when signing up via schmidt@companypoets.com.

We welcome your suggestions for new topics and time slots that suit your schedule conveniently.

How Does it work?

We meet once every week for 1.5 hours (online). One circle on one topic lasts for 6 weeks. For every session, we will read one chapter of  a book or article. The text serves as the common ground for our conversation. These conversations are held on eye-level to promote peer-learning. There will be small-group and plenary discussions to provide sufficient space and time for all your perspectives.

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?

Diversity is the prerequisite for seeing the world with new eyes. Our members come from many different professional, cultural, and demographic backgrounds; including managers, trainees, teachers, researchers, students, entrepreneurs, politicians…. The maximum number of participants per circle is 12.

  • NO PRIOR EXPERTISE needed 
  • NO EXPERT LEVEL OF ENGLISH REQUIRED – English is our lingua franca. See it as an opportunity to practice your conversation skills.

WHAT'S EXPECTED FROM YOU?

LearnING

Open to new topics, ideas, approaches, stereotypes...

COMMITMENT

The spirit of the group depends on trust and continuity.

Reading

The reading load of one chapter/article is doable and essential.

Your take-aways?

  • Creativity and holistic thinking
  • Interdisciplinary and intercultural communication skills
  • Impulses for self-reflection and personal growth
  • Motivation and decision-making strength
  • A growing network of life-long learners

What DOES the Participation FEE INCLUDE?

6 sessions, reader* (pdf), alumni network, certificate (upon request)

There are different price options for professionals, professionals+, and students (waivers). Discounts are available for partner institutions. 

PLEASE NOTE: This is NOT a hidden marketing channel for third-party publishing houses. COMPANYPOETS are independent.

Team

Silke Schmidt

Ralf Fischer

www.ralf-fischer-consulting.de

HANNAH DEAN

Lecturer, St Andrews University

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