Feedback from past participants
- [...] the lessons have brought me further personally than I ever thought.
- I’m thankful to be a part of this.
- I am much more aware of my role, and my impact in a group. This course changed my thinking and helped me to find my leadership-type.
- I think this course gave me a lot that I can use both in my business career as well as in my personal life.
- What I really liked was the completely different approach of learning by experience, something I have never experienced in other courses before.
- In conclusion, I would like to say that this course taught me a lot, especially about myself and my behavior in groups.
Dear prospective members of my course,
I am very pleased to have sparked your interest in the AWE Interpersonal Dynamics (ID), a highly experimental and demanding course that aims to increase your ability to reflect in depth about yourself in a group, the group as a system and the dynamics within such a system. In real-time, you will learn how your own behavior impacts others and how you are influenced by the wider system, the unified field, you are in. This is an approach that you will hardly find anywhere else in German universities.
Sounds fascinating? read on.
During the course, I will try to develop your personal effectiveness skill at understanding interpersonal dynamics (sometimes also intra-personal, even if this is not the focus of this class), specifically in regard to your role in a professional environment.
You can be certain that you’ll be benefiting from cutting edge research, award winning teaching methods and resources all geared towards enabling you to maximize your individual performance in an organization. My approach is based on consulting work, my own research and the course contents are heavily influenced by approaches of the NTL Institute and the Tavistock Institute, who are founders of such learning approaches, more than 60 years ago.
What we are going to do during this course
During this highly interactive course, we will analyze and reflect the dynamics of a small group (training group, or T-Group) in the “here and now”. To do this, members of the group are providing and ask for feedback about what happens in the group in real time. Unlike to a regular T-Group, this approach is more structured.
Learning is primarily through feedback from other group members. This course is very involving and, at times, can be quite emotional. However, this course is not a substitute for therapy; we deal more with inter-personal issues than with intra-personal ones. If you are in therapy, or take medication, please talk this over with your therapist and get their advice. Please do not enroll in this course unless you have a written consent from your therapist to do so.
Meetings will take place on a weekly basis, unless specified by the teaching staff. The students are divided into two 10 to 12-person groups, depending on the number of students enrolled. Each group meets in the same setting for the entire semester. It is not possible to change groups.
When you decide to enroll in this course, it is extremely important, that you are actively involved in each session. Your learning depends on the extent to which you are actively involved. The amount you learn rests heavily on your involvement. Disclosing your reactions to the behavior of others (especially your feelings), being willing to openly give and receive feedback of both positive and critical nature and taking personal risk to address ‘here and now’ events which trigger emotions are important to enhance learning in this class.
Attendance to the first class is required for the weekly sessions of this class. If you do not attend the first class, this will result in an automatic drop.
We will touch three areas:
- Yourself (Intra-Personal perspective)
- You in relation with others (Inter-Personal perspective)
- The group as a whole and how you relate to each other
Specific topics are:
- Group Dynamics
- Inter-Personal communication
- Peer feedback, given and taken
- Leadership, authority and role
- Formal and informal processes in groups
- Structure vs. openness
Participants have to apply to get admission and are being selected to maximize diversity of the course, prior to the start.
This is what you can expect from me:
- I will try to build on your experience and strengths.
- My goal is to support you in your (future) profession by providing you concrete tools but also by reflecting together with you.
- I will be 100% engaged and involved in the topics as well as in the sessions.
- I am prepared for each class individually.
- All discussions will be strictly confidential and will remain in the classroom. This will help us to get involved in meaningful discussions.
- I am punctual and (again) prepared.
This is what I expect from you:
- Be there for every session to maximize your personal value. Please be aware that attendance is mandatory in this course.
- Be prepared for every session we will meet in person. Your preparation will help us all to facilitate the sessions most efficient.
- Write a brief journal after each session.
- Use moodle for your preparation and check for updates regularly. Contents here might change regularly, based on our discussion.
- Be involved in the discussion. Without your individual contribution, this class will not be a success. Please keep in mind that online sessions are especially challenging in terms of communication.
- Behave tolerantly and with respect towards peers in the class and the HTW community at large including current members of the HTW community. Treat each other with the utmost respect and dignity, as I will do.
- Promote an environment of trust and mutual respect, free expression and a commitment to truth and excellence, as I will do.
- Respect diversity and consider differences as a learning opportunity, as I will do.