Changemaker Program

Are you looking for your next step to boost employee engagement, cross-boundary collaboration and customer happiness? Are you interested, or already working, with new ways of organizing such as Scrum and Agile or self-organization? Is the responsibility of your role as a leader or entrepreneur affecting the quality of your life? Is your dream to be the leader of a fully engaged entrepreneurial team, that will boost your business, but are you more and more living in the nightmare of a limiting span of control? Do you spend your time working IN the business instead of creating your future by working ON your business? Then you should consider joining the Semco Style Changemaker Program.

Semco Style Modular Training Program

Semco is renowned throughout the world for its innovative business approach. The Brazilian company succeeded in achieving spectacular results through common sense, faith, responsibility, and did so with the support of happy, healthy employees. In the 90s, Semco successfully introduced its unique approach to a range of large and small organizations. Today, several books and documentaries that explain the philosophy behind Semco, and the ideas of its founder Ricardo Semler, have inspired leaders around the world. But, for the first time, all the knowledge and experience of Semco is now available in a modular, multi-level training and certification program, offered by Semco Style Institute.

Our modular training program consists of 3 levels, that you can register separately for, or sign up for all at once. On this page you can read more about the second level, the Changemaker Program. Do you want more? Read about the Master Program. You can only enter the Changemaker Program after first following the Fundamentals Program.

Level 2. Changemaker Program

For those who want thriving teams to be the cornerstone of their organization.

Are you convinced that work can be more fun, healthy and effective? Do you agree that companies that facilitate coworkers to be happy end up with happy customers as well? In this course, you will develop top-level democratic leadership skills to stop being a boss and become a facilitating leader of your self-sufficient team. It helps entrepreneurs, leaders and managers learn how to work ON their business instead of being stuck IN the business.

The Changemaker Program enables you to:

  • understand what is needed to make your department or team more agile.
  • build teams where the performance and talents of people will flourish.
  • help people and teams to take ownership and be entrepreneurial.
  • apply practices from the Semco Style toolkit to get the most out of your people and to get the best team performance.
  • work ON your business instead of IN the business.
  • stimulate teams to achieve greater performance.

Program highlights

During the three days of the training, of which the first two days are consecutive, you will focus on the following subjects:

Day 1
Trust, reducing control, self-management and stakeholder alignment
Four of the five Semco Style principles are experienced through exercises and applied to your own organization and case. Core skills for this are practiced and tools and interventions are provided.

Semco Style leadership
Individuality and meaning (also called 'purpose' or 'intent') form the basis of a personal Semco leadership style. These individual motives are activated, deepened and used consciously.

Creative Innovation
The combination of entrepreneurship and innovation is tackled with the fifth Semco Style principle. Your own case is used to apply this principle. Using practical working methods you will experience how you can increase ownership, creativity and problem solving in your own organization.

Day 2
The lessons learned from day 1 will be put into practice, practiced and experimented. These own experiences form the basis for further refining and securing (one of) the Semco Style principles. The core skills are further practiced and deepened. This means that there is both deepening in the theory and deepening in personal leadership, how you as a leader shape this new process. The participant's cases produce joint insights and best practices and show the possibilities and limitations of the interventions.

Day 3
Once again, practical experiences and own cases are central, but the emphasis now lies on safeguarding Semco's own leadership style. Talent, personality and behavioral patterns are included in the evaluation of their own effectiveness and influence ability. For this personal Semco leadership style a personal vision is formulated and 'breakthrough' aspects and actions are determined, which are included in a 30, 60, 90 day plan.

Prior to the training

There is a personal intake before the training. During this intake, your practical project on which you apply the Semco Style principles will be further refined. Between the modules, 'buddy coaching' continues to be learned collegially.

Prior to and during the training, the Semco Style Organizationscan is used, an online feedback tool that makes it clear to you and your colleagues with which principles you can best work to become an agile, future-oriented organization.

Participants profile

Teamleaders: you desire to lead your team towards a role and contribution that meets the requirements of todays business needs. Stimulating craftmanship and ownership are key issues you’d like to work on.
Changemakers: you work in HR, learning and development, R&D, project management or another department that supports your organization primarily line of business. Your desire is to increase individual and organizational performance.
Entrepreneurs with growth ambitions: you recognize the need to work on the business instead of in the business and consider it important to be a modern and highly effective employer, by stimulating engagement, entrepreneurship and responsibility in your company.

All participants are required to bring a real life project where Semco Style principles can be applied.

Practical information

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Duration: 3 days in total, the first two of which on consecutive days with an evening program on the first day
Investment: € 3990,- excluding VAT and including arrangement fees and lodging
Location: Landgoed de Horst, Driebergen
Language: The training will be given in Dutch, the study and learning material we use is mostly in  English. Please note that at this time, we do no have any English language courses scheduled.

This training is also available as an in-company program.

Pricing & registration for modular program

  • It is always possible to decide after each module whether you want to proceed to the next level in the Semco Style program.
  • Participants who decide to pursue all three modules will have the opportunity to get certified as a Semco Style Master.
  • If you sign up for multiple training modules at once, you are eligible for a discount - see below

So, how does all this affect the pricing for the different modules:

  • If you book all three modules (Fundamentals + Changemaker + Master) at once, you pay just €8990,- instead of €10.470,-.
  • The price of booking the Fundamentals and the Changemaker program all together is €3990,- instead of €4480,-
  • All prices include facility costs for breakfast, lunch, dinner, refreshments, training room and lodging.

Want to know more?

Contact Hyke Zoon (via mail or +31 (0)6 82 92 39 29) or ask your question using the form below and we will get back to you within one business day.


15 May 2018 - 6 June 2018

Module 1

15 May 2018 - 16 May 2018

Module 2

6 Jun 2018

11 October 2018 - 16 November 2018

Module 1

11 Oct 2018 - 12 Oct 2018

Module 2

16 Nov 2018

6 December 2018 - 16 January 2019

Module 1

6 Dec 2018 - 7 Dec 2018

Module 2

16 Jan 2019