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…
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)
Networking as “bla bla” is something that most people have come to dislike. We live in a time when people start rediscovering the value of deep conversations and lasting relationships – in business and in life. So, what does “networking” mean from different perspectives and how does it create “value”?
Dates: April 30, May 7, May 14, May 21, May 28, June 4
Readings include: “Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die” (Heath), “To Sell Is Human” (Pink), “Vernetzt Euch!” (Lina Ben Mhenni)
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)
Closed churches, scandals and corruption, and meditation classes online – WHAT DOES SPIRITUALITY MEAN TODAY? Are we seeing a decline of organized religion and a resurgence of individual faith and contemplation practices? And how does spirituality help us in daily life and business?
Dates: April 22, April 29, Mai 6, Mai 13, Mai 20, Mai 27
Readings include: Be Here Now, The Dharma Bums, The Monk and the Philosopher, Steve Jobs, Eat, Pray, Love
Details coming soon
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?
- 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.
Lecturer, St Andrews University