Leadership Program

Program Objective

To provide emerging leaders with the thinking required to envision and build new global systems.

SHIFT calls this thinking “meta-systemic thinking.”

Program Methodology

Participants work individually to:

  • Understand the limitations of their current thinking and to see what needs to be done to transcend those limitations.
  • Learn how to apply the advantages of meta-systemic thinking.

Program Approach

The program presents participants with experiences, dialogues, exercises, tools and challenges that promote self-observation and self-reflection. These in turn develop the participants’ abilities to stand outside their current thinking, evaluate its limitations and develop more comprehensive and effective strategies.

Participants learn to:

  • View rational, analytical thought from a detached perspective, in order to evaluate it objectively.
  • Develop and access cognitive resources, including pattern recognition and intuition, which are not based on intellectual thought.

SHIFT teaches these skills through a variety of techniques, including:

  • Contemplative practices that free one’s attention and consciousness to build meta-systemic cognitive structures.
  • Dialogues, experiences and exercises that instill self-observation and self- reflection.
  • Conceptual frameworks that more accurately model complex phenomena.

Program Milestones

Weeks 1 – 5

  • Participants develop the capacity to free themselves from the confines of their thoughts, emotions and motivations.
  • Participants build new representations of complex phenomena by directing their attention to factors not represented in their existing mental models.

Weeks 6 – 10

  • Participants access meta-systemic thinking for complex strategising.
  • Participants develop adaptive processes to deal with unfolding complexity.

Program Outcomes

At the completion of the program, participants become aware of how their own thought processes and intuitions operate, how they are limited, and how their effectiveness can be enhanced.

They are able to:

  • See which “systems” are determining their behaviours, interests and goals.
  • Free themselves from the dictates of their emotions, motivations, and other predispositions developed from past experience and conditioning.
  • Perceive and understand the complex systems and processes that are orchestrating events in their environment.
  • See that apparently unrelated phenomena are, in fact, related through complex systems that can be understood and managed.
  • Build complex, adaptive, internal processes that can cope with the complexity in the external environment.
  • Demonstrate the advantages of meta-systemic thinking in managing fast-moving, complex phenomena.
  • Learn how to bring meta-systemic thinking to any area of life.
  • See where their conventional thinking can be improved and strengthened.

Program Details

  • We equip participants with tools and techniques we have developed over 30 years.
  • We conduct a 6 month on-line training program.
  • There will be 6 participants in each class.
  • Sessions are an hour and a half in length.
  • Session times will be arranged to allow for time differences.
  • Participants will be emailed exercises to complete after each session.
  • Handouts will also be emailed to participants at various stages during the 10 weeks.

Who should participate?

Emerging leaders.


You current thinking skills will be assessed for eligibility.


Scholarships will be provided upon application.

To Get Started

Please call on 0407877445

Please complete the form on the right hand side of the page.