Philosophy for executives to master transformation processes: Business Philosopher Anders Indset launches “shapingwork academy”

Philosophy paired with the “best-of-breed” management concepts, leadership and change methodologies: shapingwork academy supports executives in finding solutions for the transformation of their organizations

+++ shapingwork academy sets new standards for the development of executives and focuses on dialogue, collaboration and co-creationbringing together professors from international top universities, management thinkers, change experts and creative minds

Frankfurt am Main, 07.05.2018 One of the world’s leading Business Philosophers, Anders Indset, launches Sa. | shapingwork academy ( in Frankfurt am Main, thereby creating the world’s first academy that specifically translates models of philosophy for practical application and combines these with leadership methods and management concepts.

The shapingwork academy provides corporate education and is built upon the thesis that the exponential development of technologies (the exponential era) leads to a fundamental change of traditional business logics and processes. “Companies not only need to change individual building blocks in their organizations, but in fact develop a completely new operating system and transform leadership, collaboration and value creation,” says Anders Indset, founder of the shapingwork academy. “The new reality of the technological society and work presents us with a multitude of challenges that are currently neglected in the education sector. The academy is therefore increasingly engaged in interdisciplinary topics such as collaboration, creation, ethics, personal development, and leadership, and thereby trains capabilities such as empathy and compassion, co-creation, and dialogue techniques. ” The academy is headed by Robin Weninger, who, in addition to his management work at the shapingwork academy, also holds several teaching assignments at international universities and is also a recognized European Digital Leader of the World Economic Forum.

shapingwork academy offers services in three pillars

On the one hand, the shapingwork academy aims at executives who need to adapt their organization to the consequences of rapid change (e.g. through masterclasses and executive retreats). On the other hand, the shapingwork academy offers corporate programs, in which teams are accompanied through their change processes individually and on a long term basis. In a third pillar, the shapingwork academy offers lectures (creative sparks) by internationally renowned thought leaders and experts in the fields of philosophy and leadership, new work, creativity and people and culture.

The shapingwork academy does not only break new grounds with its method and the respective contents, but also with its conceptual design. The new corporate education provider is designed as a platform, creating a tailor-made ecosystem for co-creation, inspiring knowledge exchange and collective learning for each client. Here, the shapingwork academy combines a variety of learning-methods and -media and combines analog and digital learning in an individual learning proposition (ILP).


“Our Leaders of today need the philosophy of the past, paired with the scientific knowledge and technology of tomorrow.”

Anders Indset

“Core motivation in founding the shapingwork academy are all the questions raised by senior executives during my keynote engagements and sparrings, showing a high demand for a new corporate education and leadership development approach,” says Indset. “Everywhere, I experience a pivotal shift with a strong need for new direction, answers and solutions to the dramatically fast-paced challenges of the exponential era. It shows us that many of the traditional management methods that have been taught for years are no longer working in the new, digitized world. The economy needs a new operating system and executives need new skills, new tools and new momentum to succeed. “

The Norwegian-born and cosmopolitan Indset is convinced that in times of permanent revolution, increasing uncertainty & complexity and a rising ambiguity and volatility, it is worth more than ever to refocus on the works and values of the philosophy, like is was intended and taught at the streets of Agora in ancient Greece, that has been forgotten by the general public. “We live in a time where Google, Alexa and Co have all the answers and an overload of information. We need to learn how to find and ask questions and also need to rediscover the lost art of thinking. We have all the answers, but we lack questions. Thinking requires time and effort, and that is why many today go with the DOXA (or “Das Gerede” as Heidegger called it), the popular opinion, and rather judge instead of taking the time to think.  It is our job to rescue these treasures from the past, hidden in plain sight, and put them into practice and a context for our business-world. To simplify them and to project them onto the 21st century in order to shape tomorrow’s leaders and organizations, “says Indset.


About Sa. I shapingwork academy.
“The Sa. | shapingwork academy ( combines the content of applied philosophy with modern management and leadership models. With headquarters in Frankfurt am Main, the academy develops tailor-made programs with an interdisciplinary platform concept and co-operates with leading business-schools and management-thinkers around the world. The shapingwork academy’s offer is aimed at executives and companies that want to learn how to adapt to the consequences of rapid change. Sa. offerings ranges from masterclasses, executives retreats and creative sparks to corporate programs to accompany a long-term process of change.

About Anders Indset
Anders Indset is one of world’s leading Business Philosophers offering a new perspective on the „art of thinking“. By bridging the philosophy of the past with the technology and science of tomorrow, he shows how leaders can cope with the 21st century. His 10 postulates of change provide a framework to cope with our fast-paced world.

Thinkers50, “The Oscars of Management-Thinking”, has included Anders as “one of the 30 management thinkers most likely to shape the future of how organizations are managed and led” on the RADAR18 list. Known for his inspiring keynotes and unconventional thoughts, provoking theses and rock star attitude Anders has been title anything from Rock’n’Roll Plato to Digital Jesus by media. He covers topics such as leadership, technology, creativity, change and creation.  Anders is a visiting guest lecturer at leading international business schools, an advisory board member of German Tech Entrepreneurship Center (GTEC) as well as a trusted advisor for Global CEOs and leading politicians.


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