Essentials Program

New at Semco Style Institute: an intense 4-day program for leaders and change makers who want to increase adaptability and performance. Are you looking for inspiration, practical tools, and next level facilitator skills? Then you should consider joining the Semco Style Essentials Program. During an intense 4-day program in the course of three months, leaders will be challenged to live, experience and apply the principles that transformed Semco from a traditional, bureaucratic company into an iconic and worldwide known example and living proof that organizations can nourish both people and performance. The focus is practical and hands-on and always comes back to the question: how do you facilitate individuals, teams and stakeholders in working and living Semco Style?

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What is Semco Style?

Semco Style, developed over 30 years by Ricardo Semler into an extremely effective management approach, provides today’s leaders with an inspiring and proven alternative to traditional command-and-control management methods.

Semco Style organizes wisely around humans instead of smartly around structures and procedures. It treats adults as adults, puts people above organizational modes, and sees freedom and self- interest as the basis for collective alignment. Its five pivotal principles are to stimulate trust, self-management, extreme stakeholder alignment and creative innovation, and to reduce control. Organizations that adopted Semco Style are more effective, profitable and flexible, and have higher customer satisfaction and happier co-workers.

Participants profile

Teamleaders: you desire to lead your team towards a role and contribution that meets the requirements of todays business needs. Stimulating entrepreneurship 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.

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


In an intense program of 4 days that takes place in the course of three months, you will learn to practically apply Semco Style’s pivotal principles in 1-on-1, team and group situations. As a result you will be able to:

  • build teams where performance and talents of people will flourish
  • help people and teams to take ownership and entrepreneurship
  • put customer performance first instead of sub-interests of departments.
  • apply tools and practices from Semco Style’s toolkit in order to get the most out of your people and get the best team performance. 

 Semco Style 5 Pivotal Principles

Program content

During the three modules, the first of which lasts two days, you will work on the following topics:

Module 1: Trust, less control & self-management

  • From command and control towards sense and respond
  • Building trust
  • Aligning personal and team interest
  • Transparency
  • Reducing control, self-management as substitute
  • Creating small independent groups
  • Responsibility and accountability
  • Self-organisation and selfsteering
  • Semco Style Toolkit

Module 2: Balancing Entrepreneurship

  • Ownership
  • Balancing interest
  • Handling requirements
  • Building support
  • Creating mandate

Module 3: Creative Innovation

  • Enlarging innovation & entrepreneurship
  • Involving costumers
  • Facilitation skill
  • Hands-on technique

Practical information

Dates: See the 'Event dates' tab

Duration: 4 days total
Time span of the course: 3 months
Investment: € 3995,- excluding VAT and including arrangement fees
Language: The training will be given in Dutch, the study and learning material we use is mostly in  English.

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

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For more information contact Koen de Boer via phone at +31 6 1138 9135 or via email at

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29 June 2017 - 10 October 2017

Module 1: Trust, less control & self-management

29 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017

Module 2: Balancing Entrepreneurship

13 Sep 2017

Module 3: Creative Innovation

10 Oct 2017

28 September 2017 - 1 December 2017

Module 1: Trust, less control & self-management

28 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017

Module 2: Balancing Entrepreneurship

2 Nov 2017

Module 3: Creative Innovation

1 Dec 2017