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Samantha & Marc are co-authors of the best-seller Leadership Is Half The Story: A Fresh Look At Followership, Leadership, and Collaboration, and co-founders of FliP University. Marc is an engaging polymath with a PhD in neuroscience, an MBA, and Masters degrees in math and physics. He is a professor at the University of Waterloo and Chief Insight Officer of FliP U. Sam is a coach, consultant, CPA, and Chief Encouragement Officer of FliP U. She enjoys helping people have those “aha” and “ahhh” moments.

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About this course

Imagine you had a secret formula that supercharged your career, enabling you to make your voice heard, create more value, and take charge of your organizational destiny. Imagine also that secret formula supercharged your team improving accountability, productivity, creativity and engagement by 17 to 43%! The secret is this: How you show up in your followership role is AS IMPORTANT as how you show up in your leadership role. The formula is leadership skills + followership skills = great partnering.

FliP U presents the world’s first online course on followership. On any team you have two roles: sometimes you are leading, while sometimes you are following. Both roles are essential for your success and your organization’s success. This course is for smart people who aspire to higher performance and recognition. It’s for life-long learners who want to know about current hot topics. Frankly, it’s for everyone who hasn’t taken a followership course. By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Recognize the value and potential of Active Followership in addition to Leadership
  • Increase the value you bring to your team, as well as how much you are valued by the team
  • Gain more support for your ideas and recommendations
  • Champion a culture of accountability and high performance
  • Increase your leadership capacity
  • Enhance performance in yourself and others by coaching and mentoring for stronger followership
  • Gain a host of useful followership tools and job aids
  • Be a more effective, persuasive and credible communicator
  • Distinguish yourself with your collaboration skills

Step into your most confident, influential self AND help those around you be better leaders, collaborators and partners.

Full Curriculum

Module 1 - First day of class

  • WATCH: Meet your teachers
  • WATCH: Meet your coach
  • READ: Navigating this platform
  • READ & DOWNLOAD: Learning tips & journal
  • SET UP: Your profile
  • WATCH: Our stories and inspiration
  • PLAY & SHARE: Introduce yourself
  • PLAY: What frustrates you?
  • WATCH & SHARE: Wolves vs. sheep
  • WATCH & JOURNAL: The fundamental followership question

Module 2 - The organizational value of followership

  • SHARE: Get curious!?
  • WATCH & SHARE: Making the invisible visible
  • WATCH & JOURNAL: Organizational value of followership
  • PLAY: The value of followership
  • WATCH & SHARE: The 43% difference
  • READ & JOURNAL: Followership defined

Module 3 - The personal value of followership

  • WATCH: Personal value of followership
  • READ & JOURNAL: Exceptional followership
  • PLAY: Unconscious biases
  • READ & JOURNAL: Reframing followership
  • DO & JOURNAL: The F-word challenge

Module 4 – Expanding your followership mindset

  • WATCH & SHARE: Dancing backwards and in high heels
  • WATCH, JOURNAL & SHARE: Three generative followership actions
  • WATCH: From the ballroom to the boardroom
  • PLAY: Which followership action is which?
  • READ: Followership in your own context

Module 5 – Setting your followership intention

  • WATCH & SHARE: Shirtless dancing guy & gutsy first follower
  • SHARE & WATCH: Make an explicit declaration of support
  • WATCH, JOURNAL & SHARE: Frank fruitful followership feedback
  • WATCH, DO & SHARE: Add even more value
  • REFLECT & SHARE: Check-in point

Module 6 – Be amazing in your followership

  • PLAY: Quick assumptions
  • WATCH: Manage assumptions about you
  • WATCH & DOWNLOAD: Be an offensive communicator
  • JOURNAL, DO & SHARE: Make a communication improvement
  • READ, DO & SHARE: Learning the ropes
  • WATCH: Have more positive influence
  • PLAY: How to be more positive
  • JOURNAL & SHARE: Practicing ‘positive voice’

Module 7 – More awesome followership tools for your toolkit

  • WATCH: Be easy to lead
  • PLAY: Create your personal operating manual
  • SHARE: What engages you the most?
  • WATCH & SHARE: Engage as if it's your dream job
  • READ & SHARE: An error in the numbers
  • DOWNLOAD & DO: The Five Followership Conversations to have with your new leader

Module 8 - Last day of class

  • DO: Bask in your brilliance
  • SHARE: Make a commitment
  • DO & SHARE: Final followership project
  • DO: Final exam
  • WATCH & SHARE: Congratulations and graduation party